June 13, 2016
Makeover Monday: Women are Underrepresented in Leadership at U.S. Corporations
The chart for this week’s Makeover Monday is an excerpt from Women in the Workplace, a study undertaken by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey.
What works well?
- The chart tells a powerful story of the decreasing representation of women as leadership levels increase.
- Using red for women draws the eye to those portions.
- The table allows you to compare to 2012.
- The pipes are ordered from lowest-level role to the highest-level role.
- Good reference to the source
What could be improved?
- They took the “pipeline” analogy too far by creating a "pipe chart".
- The pipes get smaller as you go left-to-right. I can only guess they are sized by the % of women in each role.
- The pipes are 3D.
- The pipes are filled up on an angle, making it way to difficult to gauge what percentage it represents.
- It’s nearly impossible to compare one role to another.
- The title could be more impactful.
- Do the pipes represent 2012 or 2015? There’s no way to tell.
- The chart doesn’t allow for comparisons between 2012 and 2015.
Basically, I think this chart is horrible. It’s quite possibly one of the worst I’ve seen in a long time. This isn’t about the author the person. Clearly they aren’t educated in data visualisation. I’d bet they working in marketing.
Again this week, I used Tableau’s story points feature to show my step-by-step makeover. This week was pretty quick. I was able to iterate through all of this in under an hour.
As a stand-alone version, I would make the chart slightly taller, like this one below. Click on it for an interactive version.