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October 15, 2018

Makeover Monday: The Under-representation of Women in the House of Representatives

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Us Americans have been through an interesting few weeks. We had the Kavanaugh hearings that put a focus on the women in the Senate, so when Stephen Pelkofer recommended his viz for a makeover, we thought the timing was right. The community seems to enjoy topical data set.

Let's have a look at Stephen's viz:


What works well?

  • It's simple and easy to understand.
  • Nice and clean; there's no unnecessary decoration
  • Using colors that represent the parties
  • Using a line chart to represent change over time
  • Labeling the end point makes us aware of the current situation

What could be improved?

  • The stepped lines are necessary.
  • The ratio of the chart looks strange to me.
  • The title could be more impactful.
  • Adding a y-axis would add context.

What I did

  • Focus on the % of women and men in each party
  • Use the party colors, but still be able to distinguish men and women
  • Use a line to break up the area chart
  • Use an impactful title and subtitle
  • Use a viz in tooltip to show BANs

With that, here's my Makeover Monday for week 42. Click on the image for the interactive version:

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