The Pudding, a website that explains topics through visual essays, has created a series of data visualizations comparing men and women in the UK Parliament’s House of Commons. The interactive charts look at gender parity over time and by party, highlighting how the introduction of all-women shortlists, where only women are on the ballot in particular constituencies, has led to the Labour party being 45 percent women in 2018. In addition, The Pudding used machine learning to analyze 1.2 million parliamentary speeches and found that male and female members of parliament discuss the economy at the same rate, but that women are more likely than men to spend time discussing child poverty, childcare, and welfare reform.
Comparing Men and Women in Parliament
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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