POST: What Can Data Visualization Learn from Feminism?

Paxtyn Merten (Northwestern University) has written an article in Storybench, a publication of the NU School of Journalism, discussing the work of Catherine D’Ignazio (Emerson College) on data literacy and feminism.

In “What Can Data Visualization Learn from Feminism?,” Merten summarizes six points given by D’Ignazio to encourage “a feminist perspective on the design of visualizations”:

  • examine power and aspire to empowerment
  • embrace pluralism
  • consider context
  • legitimize affect and embodiment
  • represent uncertainty
  • make the work visible

The article grew out of D’Ignazio’s January 2018 talk at Northwestern, “Feminist Data Visualization and the View from Nowhere.”

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This post was produced through a cooperation between​​ ​Emily Esten, Kevin Gunn, Anna Kijas, and Eric Olson (Editors-at-large for the week), Roxanne Shirazi (Editor for the week), and Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Sarah Melton, and Patrick Williams (dh+lib Review Editors).