Makeover Monday | Week 12 | 2019: How do we really feel about women leaders?

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Following International Women’s Day in on 8th March, I decided to continue with a women and equality related dataset for this month. A few weeks ago, I came across an interesting viz that was part of an article about women in leadership roles and whether men and women actually want and accept women in those roles.

The Reykjavik Index proved to be an excellent topic and data and charts to draw inspiration from and I wanted to see how the community would re-imagine the dataset.

The original visualization featured in the article by the World Economic Forum looks like this:

What works well:

  • The visualization grabs my attention with its design
  • The small number of countries makes it possible to connect each line and index figure with the respective nation
  • The title is simple and makes me want to find out more – what is this Reykjavik Index?
  • Country and index labels are neatly aligned

What could be improved:

  • I need to use my mouse cursor (or concentrate really hard) to ensure I connect the right country all the way around with the right number
  • The Blue G7 Average line is not that easy to see against the purple, because the contrast isn’t very stark
  • There is no explanation (or reason) for the lines getting thicker towards the right and then becoming thinner at the end
  • The Figure caption just repeats the heading, why not add some conclusion or insight here?
  • The text at the center doesn’t add any further value

What I focused on:

  • As I found the topic fascinating and really enjoyed reading the report, I wanted to create a dashboard that captures they key data points while also explaining how the index works and what it shows.
  • I wanted to be finished within 90min, so I could get my Makeover done during the remainder of my flight from Cyprus back to Munich.
  • Working with the color from the original viz but using the G7 average as reference lines rather than having it listed among the countries
  • Highlighting some of the findings about Germany. I can’t say I’m surprised, but it’s still disappointing that after many years of having a woman run the country, most people still consider women less suitable for such a role.

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