Welcome to an evening at House of Sweden for an exciting book talk with Swedish author and journalist Katrine Marçal, who will talk about her latest book 'Mother of Invention - How Good Ideas Get Ignored In An Economy Built For Men'. The conversation is moderated by Ryan Avent, the International Economics Editor at The Economist.
Katrine Marçal 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 Hertfordshire, England but will join us here in Washington D.C on March 31 to involve in an interesting conversation about her new book as well as her core topic of women and innovation. Moderator for the night is Ryan Avent, who is the Trade and International Economics Editor for The Economist, where he has covered the global economy since 2009.
Ryan is the author of The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power and Status in the Twenty-first Century, and The Gated City. Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men is a fascinating and eye-opening examination of business, technology, and innovation through a feminist lens. Drawing on examples from electric cars to bra seamstresses to tech billionaires, Marçal shows how gender bias stifles the economy and holds us back, delaying innovations, sometimes by hundreds of years, and distorting our understanding of our history. The book is a sweeping tour of the global economy with a powerful message: If we upend our biases, we can unleash our full potential.