As I write this, it is National Women’s Day. My social media feeds are full of pictures, memes, status updates, and news articles commemorating women around the world and throughout history. This got me thinking about how far women have come…and how much further we still have to go. Many people believe that equality for women has already been realized, at least in the United States. The statistics, however, clearly tell a different story. Following, are three infographics that effectively sum up women’s “equality” in today’s society.
The following infographic was posted by Human Resources MBA. It highlights some notable statistics regarding women in the workplace. It shows the progress that women have made over the past 30+ years while also showing the gap that still exists between men and women. I think this infographic could do a good job of convincing someone who doesn’t think that equality for women is a problem anymore that the problem does still exist. The colors are complimentary and easy to read. There is A LOT of information here so it requires a bit more reading. I think some of the information could have been omitted without effecting the persuasiveness of the infographic. The author provided an extensive list of sources at the bottom of the inforgraphic which makes the data seem reliable. I like how it showed some statistics from 1980 to show how much things have changed in such a short amount of time. This gives us hope to think about how much greater of a change we could possibly make over the next 30 years.
The second infographic was posted by Women Deliver along with some other interesting ones that you can check out here. This infographic acknowledges the inequality that women face and encourages a call to action by showing the benefits that women’s equality will have on society. It has a broad target audience as I think just about anyone would benefit from learning this information. However, it has the potential to change someone’s perspective on women’s equality. After reading the possibilities, someone who may not have felt that women’s rights were relevant to them could develop a connection to the issue. It is more concise than the first infographic, which I think will encourage more people to take the time to read it. While there are no sources included directly on this infographic, a list of sources can be found on the Women Deliver webpage where it was first posted. That can pose a problem because anyone who finds this infographic through a secondary source will not have access to the sources. This could have a negative influence on its credibility.
The final infographic below is different from the other two, but the message it conveys with only a picture is very powerful. It was created by The Enliven Project and was published by The Washington Post. This infographic shows two very important statistics regarding rape. First, it depicts how few rapists are ever actually convicted of their crimes. Second, it shows that despite society’s inclination towards believing rapists are falsely accused, how rare false accusation really are in the grander scale. This infographic is very plain, but I think that any more color, text, or pictures would detract from the message. The simplicity is what makes it so commanding. This is some very compelling data and, for that reason, has come under some attack for its lack of source material. Due to the backlash, the author felt obliged to further explain the data and provided sources in a blog that can be found here. I think this is a good example of what can happen if you fail to cite your data in an infographic.
Each of these infographics displays information regarding women in a visual context. Each author portrayed information in a different way. While I found the facts and statistics in the first one very interesting, I prefer the conciseness of the next two. However, I do prefer the pastel colors used in the first infographic to the bolder colors in the second one; the light colors were much easier on the eyes. Since the first infographic crammed a lot of information into one area, many of the items were small and a little more difficult to read. I think that all three were effective in their purpose. The first one was able to use a lot of relevant data to show the reader that there is still a lot of work to do towards reaching equality for women. The second one clearly showed how women’s equality would benefit all of us, not just women. And the final infographic effectively expressed the percentage of rapists who are never brought to justice for their crimes.