[Catalyst Talk] Katrine Kielos-Marçal: The Upside of Being Inclusive

  • 14/03/2024
  • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
  • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles


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The Upside of Being Inclusive

A talk with Katrine Kielos-Marçal

Catalyst  / Thurs 14th March / 5:15 - 6:15 pm

History would have you believe that women haven't invented anything, haven't contributed anything. The first thing to acknowledge is that women were effectively prevented from doing anything in their life outside the home. The second thing, is that despite these barriers women managed to invent great things, but were erased from history.

Bestselling author Katrine Kielos-Marçal offers an illuminating and maddening examination of how gender bias has skewed innovation, technology, and history. Gender bias stifles the economy and holds us back, delaying innovations, sometimes by hundreds of years, and distorting our understanding of our history - because inventions associated with women are not considered to be technology in the same way.

Katrine explains how to move forward on the path to innovation, and how including women is the missing key. She makes a powerful observation about global economy: if we upend our biases, we can unleash our full potential.



Katrine Kielos -Marçal is a bestselling author on women and innovation.

Her first book Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? has been translated into more than 20 languages. Margaret Atwood called it “a smart, funny and readable book on women, economics and money”. It was named one of The Guardian’s books of the year in 2015. BBC also named Katrine one of its 100 Women in 2015.

Katrine’s second book Mother Of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored In An Economy Built For Men was shortlisted for Business Book of the Year in Germany and for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction in the US.


Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? (2012), MOTHER OF INVENTION: How Good Ideas Get Ignored In An Economy Built For Men  (2020)



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