I have met some great folks through the data viz and Tableau community. I've also been compelled to try to be a data do-gooder. I think it's part of our civic responsibility to try to make the our community, whether that's local or global, a better place. I have especially been struck by women's empowerment data and trying to make a difference. I don't have a massive platform, so it's hard for one person to make a difference. I also think it's great to see the different perspectives we have. Add to the mix a little four year old girl who I am completely in love and want the best for, and it equals a Women's Empowerment Visualization event. With the help of my friend Matt Francis, we assembled a list of women's empowerment data sets. I was also super fortunate that Derek Schwabe from Bread for the World collaborated with us to provide data to visualize.
I am so grateful for those who took their time to explore the topic. My goal was to raise awareness and socialize the issue so that maybe a viz or a blogpost would resonate with someone and they in turn would take action. One of the biggest challenges in data visualization is to illicit a response. We can visualize data, but how might a bar chart or scatter plot really convey the issues? You want that figurative punch to the gut, call to action response as a result of seeing the visualization. It's very hard to do and it's something I'm now committed to trying when I do my social good vizzes.
I love that while we worked with similar data, each person had a different perspective. So, without further ado, let's see the visualizations! Click on the visualizations to explore.
It's not the impact I expected, but it certainly resonates with me, and hopefully one day in the near future, will spur some action on my part to #ENDChildMarriageNOW.