March is National Women's History Month! To celebrate, we're bringing a new favorite title to your attention: When Women Didn't Count by Robert Lopresti. The book examines how women have been counted (and miscounted) in statistics throughout U.S. history. Did you know that women in nontraditional occupations were often not counted? It was assumed that these entries were errors because women "couldn't do" those particular jobs. This is just one of the many fascinating things you can learn in this book.
The author keeps a neutral, informational tone while explaining the bias that makes some of these statistics questionable. You can also skip around in the book since it is organized by various topics, such as demographics, women at home, and concepts of employment. A great book for those doing projects on women's history, as well as those interested in learning more about women in statistics.