Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez wins the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company Business Book of the Year Award 2019

The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company today announce that  Caroline Criado Perez is the winner of the 2019 Business Book of the Year Award for Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, published by Abrams Press/Abrams in US and Chatto & Windus in the UK, on how designers and developers have persistently excluded or played down women in the data they use.

The award recognises the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues. It was presented this evening to Caroline Criado Perez at a ceremony at the Park Hyatt Hotel in New York, by Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times and chair of the panel of judges, and Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company. Keynote speaker at the ceremony was Ronan Dunne, Executive Vice President & Group CEO, Verizon Consumer Group.

Caroline Criado Perez saw off strong competition from a shortlist of titles with a focus on subjects ranging from the triumph of the quant revolution in financial markets to the dangers of the data-driven economy, gender inequality, and the unbridled influence that can arise from a privately held company, to win the £30,000 prize. Each of the five runners-up received a cheque for £10,000.

Lionel Barber said, “Invisible Women is a stunning book that tells people about sexism that is hidden in plain sight. The data that Criado Perez marshals are overwhelming and her call for action is compelling.”

“Unassailable facts, backed by powerful stories, are what moves minds,“ said Kevin Sneader, McKinsey’s global managing partner. “This year’s winner brilliantly uses that combination to cast a bright light on one of the most important issues of our time.”

The distinguished judging panel for the 2019 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, chaired by Lionel Barber, comprised:

  • Mitchell Baker, Chairwoman, Mozilla
  • Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz(BBYA Winner, 2008, When Markets Collide)
  • Herminia Ibarra, Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behaviour, London Business School
  • Rik Kirkland, Partner and Director of Publishing, McKinsey & Company
  • Randall Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Dambisa Moyo, Global Economist and Author, Non-Executive Director,3M Company and Chevron
  • Shriti Vadera, Chairman, Santander UK; Senior Independent Director, BHP Billiton

The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company also announced Jonathan Hillman as the winner of the 2019 Bracken Bower Prize. The prize is designed to encourage young authors to tackle emerging business themes. We hope to unearth new talent and encourage writers to research ideas that could fill future business books of the year.

Hillman was awarded £15,000 for his book proposal, The Sinolarity, which provides a map for navigating China’s rise as a network power as it wires the world, connecting everything between the ocean floors and outer-space.

The judges commented, “We were impressed by the depth and variety of this year’s entries. Jonathan Hillman’s winning proposal is a thought-provoking and topical analysis of the battle between the US and China for control over tomorrow’s technology and networks and we look forward to seeing how he enlarges on these important ideas.”

The distinguished judging panel for the Bracken Bower Prize comprised:

  • Isabel Fernandez-Mateo, Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
  • Jorma Ollila, former Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell and Nokia
  • Christy Fletcher, Founder and Chief Executive, Fletcher & Company
  • Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director and Head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society, World Economic Forum. (BBP Winner, 2014,Fifty Million Rising)

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