'I am absurdly excited for this book' Caroline Criado PerezWhy did it take us 5,000 years to attach wheels to a suitcase?How did bras take us to the moon? And what would the world be like if we listened to women?
KATRINE MARCAL is a Swedish writer, journalist and correspondent for Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Her first book, Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? was shortlisted for the August Prize and won the Lagercrantzen Award. She lives in London.
Praise for Mother of Invention
'A book with a radical agenda ... Marcal wants nothing less than a revolution in the way we think about ourselves.' The Times
'A smart, witty and fascinating warning from history. I loved this book.' CAROLINE CRIADO PEREZ, Bestselling Author of Invisible Women
'wry and witty ... it's high time to put the needs of all people and the planet at the heart of invention.' KATE RAWORTH, author of Doughnut Economics
'This is an absolute must-read. Equal parts informative and infuriating.' DR FERN RIDDELL, author of Sex: Lessons from History
'From wheeled suitcases to witch trials, Katrine Marcal makes you look again at history in this funny, clever and provocative book' HELEN LEWIS, author of Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights
'...Infuriating, but always thought-provoking and intriguing. A clearly-needed wake-up call to future innovators not to view the world through a narrowly gendered lens but to pay attention to the skills and lived experiences of all. '
PROFESSOR GINA RIPPON - bestselling author of The Gendered Brain
'Mother of Invention had me nodding along in emphatic agreement. To tackle the substantial problems ahead, we cannot afford to innovate with 'one hand tied behind our backs.' IRISH TIMES
[Katrine] brilliantly proves how male-driven technology over the ages has limited full human development by neglecting a liberating female narrative and perspective.' JAN ELIASSON, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN
'This second book by the author of Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? is both bracing and highly entertaining. Marcal's contention is that while women have been coming up with ingenious inventions since the beginning of time, they are routinely sidelined in a world geared to men.' THE BOOKSELLER
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