Quick hit: Visualize women’s political rights around the world

In honor of International Women’s Day this Friday March 8, Lizzie Malcolm of @LUSTlab created this cool data-visualization. The site offers three different “map modes” which show global data by country from 1892 all the way through 2012 according to three different factors: the right to vote, the right to stand for election, and the first woman elected. You can also click on any country to view a kind of women’s political rights snapshot for that area, including info on their laws against domestic violence, sexual harassment, and marital rape. I can’t vouch for every single piece of data used — the “About” page cites the Guardian Data blog, Wikipedia, and “the Internet” as sources — but it seems to get the general trajectory right and is certainly a cool way to watch things change for women’s political rights over time. Go play around!

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  1. Posted March 6, 2013 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Hello! I just reblogged this because I thought it was interesting, but was quickly informed that the map is incorrect. For example, the map claims that to this day, women can not stand for election in Serbia. But not only are there women in Serbia’s parliament, but they even have a women’s quota for the parliament. So there is some amount of false information in this map. So I would distrust especially modern data on the map.

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