In FiveThirtyEight's Significant Digits section, they recently mentioned that nine states could potentially have 50% or more females in their legislature after the upcoming election. My first thought - I need to see some graphs!
They linked to a New York Times article that had some interesting graphs. There was a bar chart that focused on the % female, and the % of seats open in the upcoming election. It showed the nine states with a chance of having at least 50% female legislators.
They also had a chart where you could select a single state, and see a representation of the total number of legislators, represented by male/female stick-figures.
But neither of those charts let me see the overall trend, nor the geographical distribution. So I did a bit more web searching, and found the National Conference of State Legislatures website, with a map showing the % women legislators in each state. This let me see the geographical distribution by %, but not the number of legislators in each state.
So I tried to create something better... I downloaded the data from the NCSL website, and made a bubble map where the size (area) of the bubble represents the total number of legislators in each state. The bubble is divided into two pie slices - one for female, and one for male. I think this lets you see much more at once, and provides additional insight you could not get from the other graphs. For example, I was a bit surprised that California has such a small number of legislators, and such a small percent of females.
If you click on the image above, you can see the interactive version with HTML mouse-over text. Here's a screen-capture of the mouse-over text for Nevada's - the state with the highest % of female legislators:
Armed with this new visual, do you see any trends in the data? What changes or additions might improve the map? Will the % female legislators increase during the upcoming election? What are your predictions? (Feel free to discuss in the comments section!)