Inferior (book)

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AuthorAngela Saini
CountryUnited Kingdom
Published30 May 2017
PublisherFourth Estate Books
ISBN978-0-8070-7170-0 (Hardcover)

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story is a 2017 book by Angela Saini. In Inferior, journalist Angela Saini "paints a disturbing picture of just how deeply sexist notions have been woven into the fabric of scientific research".[1] Saini "discovers that many of society’s traditional beliefs about women are built on shaky ground".[2] She also relaunches the critique that the studies from Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues carry on Darwin's "idea that man and woman...evolved to meet their roles of hunter and gatherer, respectively."[3][4][5]

The book was published by Beacon Press in the United States and Fourth Estate Books in the United Kingdom.[6]

Inferior was launched in June 2017 at the Royal Academy of Engineering.[7] A month after its release, Inferior was recommended by Scientific American.[8] It was a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards for "Best Science and Technology" in 2017.[9]

Inferior was Physics World "Book of the Year" for 2017.[10] In the review by Chemistry World, Jennifer Newton wrote "I cannot recommend it highly enough".[11]

After the release of Inferior, Angela Saini was invited to speak at universities and schools around the country, in what became a "scientific feminist book tour".[12][13][14][15]


  1. ^ Da Silva, Chantal (23 May 2017). "Inferior by Angela Saini, book review: Shining a light on sexism in science". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  2. ^ Davis, Nicola (6 June 2017). "Inferior: how science got women wrong by Angela Saini — Review". The Guardian. London, United Kingdom. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  3. ^ Vaswani, Anjana (9 August 2017). "Fighting Science with Science". Ahmedabad Mirror. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  4. ^ Saini, Angela (2017). "Chapter 1. Woman's Inferiority to Man (pp. 13—28)". Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story. Boston: Beacon Press. ISBN 0-8070-7170-6. Darwin.
  5. ^ Before even "Baron-Cohen and his colleagues", already the neo-Kantian Lawrence Kohlberg (1927 – 1987) with his "stages of moral development", Carol Gilligan (b. 1936) with her In a Different Voice (1982), and Nancy Chodorow (b. 1944) were followers of such an aspect of Darwinian evolutionary theory. But their generation of gender diversity scholars tried to judge differences as parithetic and complementary values, not as conflicting and hierarchical ones.
  6. ^ "Angela Saini". 4th Estate. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  7. ^ "Fourth Estate launches 'Inferior' by Angela Saini, out 1st June 2017 - New Asian Post". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  8. ^ Gawrylewski, Andrea. "Recommended". Scientific American. 316 (6): 74–74. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0617-74.
  9. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Science & Technology!". Goodreads. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  10. ^ "Inferior by Angela Saini wins Physics World Book of the Year 2017". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  11. ^ "Inferior: how science got women wrong – and the new research that's rewriting the story". Chemistry World. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  12. ^ Rawling, Jennie (2017-11-30). "Journalist Angela Saini tells Imperial 'How Science Got Women Wrong". Imperial College London. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  13. ^ ""Inferior, how science got women wrong"". Cavendish Inspiring Women. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  14. ^ pt91. "How science got women wrong explored by award-winning science journalist — University of Leicester". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  15. ^ "In Conversation With...Angela Saini and Louise Archer". Eventbrite. Retrieved 2018-02-03.