Make Space for Girls

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BOOK: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

by Caroline Criado Perez

Invisibility takes many forms, and only the invisible can fully appreciate their predicament.

What’s odd about women’s invisibility is that women aren’t a minority. They are the majority. Criado Perez shows that women seem to live in a society built around men. From a lack of streetlights to allow us to feel safe, to an absence of workplace childcare facilities, almost everything seems to have been designed for the average white working man and the average stay-at-home white woman. Her answer is to think again, to collect more data, study that data, and ask women what they want.


Make Space for Girls campaigns for facilities and public spaces for teenage girls.

Parks, play equipment and public spaces for teenagers are currently designed for the default male. Provision is almost entirely in terms of skate parks, BMX tracks, football pitches and MUGAs, which are used almost entirely by boys. Girls are never asked what they might want! This absence has important implications for how active girls are, for their health in later life, and for how they see themselves as belonging in public spaces. Providing for girls is a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010. It’s time to make space for girls.

CV’S thoughts:

Compton Verney is transforming their outdoor spaces over the next two years. We want to create exciting & imaginative playful spaces for young and old. We are dedicated to offering opportunities to interact with creative play spaces and interventions around the site. We work closely with our local communities & organisations on our projects, to ensure that what we’re proposing meets their needs & responds to contemporary research. Compton Verney is dedicated to providing inclusive experiences.