When Women Didn't Count, A Talk by Robert Lopresti

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Western's Government Information Librarian Robert Lopresti will be giving a talk on his recent book "When Women Didn't Count: The Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics". The book is the result of Lopresti's four decades of work with government publications and explores how women’s history has been hidden and distorted by 200 years of official government statistics. Lopresti traces the development of data on population, employment, crime, health, and many other topics, beginning with the first Census in 1790 when only the male "head of the household" was listed by name. He examines how some of the statistics that have shaped perceptions of American women have been incorrect or based on false assumptions and illustrates the importance of using critical thinking when analyzing information, even when that information is from seemingly official sources.

The talk will be held on Wednesday, February 21 from 4-5 pm in the Wilson Library Reading Room (4th Floor).  For more information, click here.