Data Viz Done Right

March 17, 2019

#MakeoverMonday: To what extent are women and men viewed equally in leadership positions?

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The chart Eva chose this week shows that, not surprisingly, people are less likely to view women and men equally in leadership positions. Scores of 100 mean that people view women and men are equally suited to leadership roles. Sadly, women still have a long way to go in their seemingly never ending fight for equality.

Let's have a look at the chart:

Source: World Economic Forum

WHAT WORKS WELL?


  • Ordering the countries from highest to lowest in terms of people that view women and men equally in leadership positions
  • Including the G7 average for context
  • Assigning a different color to the G7 average
  • Labeling the end of the lines

WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED?

  • Circular bar charts are horrible for comparisons.
  • The title is meaningless.
  • The lines start thin, get thicker, then get thin again. Why?
  • The title and the center of the chart are the same. That's certainly unnecessary redundancy.

WHAT I DID

I started by creating a simple bar chart and that was fine. I also added a grey bar to have it as a stacked bar for each country that goes up to 100%. I then thought about doing a waffle chart (with circles) and then I remembered this viz from Andy Cotgreave back in Makeover Monday week 4 2016. I decided to replicate Andy's work since it looks great and gives lots of context. I created a mobile version like Andy did too.

With that in mind, here's my makeover for week 12.

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