Women in STEM Book Club: Inferior

At the end of the discussion of each book club gathering, the attendees are asked to rate the book with 0-5 stars, so the club could generate their own book review.

Here is the club’s review on Inferior, based on comments during the session and the average star rating:

Inferior by Angela Saini
4/5 stars

A book with the word “Inferior” written in the cover can make one feel embarrassed to read it in public; however, it can definitely make every woman feel infuriated finding out about the sexism of the past, which doesn’t seem to have changed very much since then.

The unbiased view and the good research of the author let the reader question what is right and wrong, and how things should be. Even though the genetics and brain studies are quite popular topics in this sphere of research, the book in general gives enough evidence to back up arguments on gender roles and inequality.

The first couple of chapters seem to be too detailed, focused too much on one aspect of the subject, and one could tell that they are slow and that the author’s writing gets better in the later chapters. The last chapter touches a very interesting topic – the one of the position of older women – which is not as much popular and researched, and could have been more extensive and probably placed earlier in the book.

If the author had provided her opinion or research on solutions to the problem of gender inequality and practical things one can do to deal with it, the book would have been the absolute handbook of every woman. However, it is still a book that should be read by young women and men, since it provides useful and important information, which could change views and attitudes towards gender roles and stereotypes.