Data Visualization A screenshot from GenderMap.

Published on April 16th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


Visualizing Gender Balance on Corporate Boards

GenderMap, a web-based interactive visualization, lets users explore data from over 14,000 companies around the world and see how gender balance varies with company size and from sector to sector. The visualization, created by London-based business analytics sotware firm Data Morphosis Group and New York-based data visualization agency TWO-N, was released in October 2013 and updated in April 2014.

The visualization represents each company as a rectangle and colors it according to the number of women on its board of directors. Users can group the companies into categories like size, industry and country to look for insights. A few clicks reveal that companies from Japan and India are relatively male-dominated, while companies from France and South Africa are relatively more gender balanced.  In the United States, utilities companies have some of the most female board members, while basic materials companies have some of the fewest.

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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