09 Mar How to Be a Fiercely Trustable Feminist Voice, In a World of Fake News
“Without Data, you’re just another person with an opinion” (W. Edwards Deming). And oh la la is there a bottomless ocean of data at our fingertips these days. The information age, when every thing you could ever need to know is stored inside a tiny computer in your pocket! (except for things like where you left your keys. But you know what I mean.) You, yes you, have unlimited access to allllll the things, so you can become a truly trusted feminist voice. And I’m going to show you how to do it…
Having access to everything doesn’t necessarily mean you can find everything though. The sheer amount of information online sometimes can make it difficult to know where to start or who to trust.
That’s when the wonder of curated content comes in handy! Platforms like Feedly or Scoopit can gather articles, reports, insights on any topic you’re interested in (ahem, feminism!!) and serve it up to you in a more digestible platter. Feeling social – you can share directly from their sites to your socials. Or you can just absorb all that wonderful data and wield your feminist voice in your next feminist debate by pulling rock solid data of your sleeve.
A Truly Academic Feminist Voice
Opinions and anecdotes have their place, but in a world of fake news, you really have to back your arguments up with something more concrete. Ok, so if you’re not a scientist, psychologist, anthropologist, or hell any kind of oligist… the good news is you don’t need to be. Why? Because the folks at Google Scholar actually are!
Google Scholar is the world’s biggest academic search engine and it’s just teeming with peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, conference papers, theses, dissertations, technical reports, court opinions and patents. They have a whopping almost four hundred million scholarly documents. Four hundred million scientific reports that some hardworking academic has already published for you! If you can’t find that one great research-backed piece on feminism that you’ve been dreaming of to elevate your feminist voice… well, let me know because I’m sure it’s in there somewhere!
Research Backed Data Crunchers
A picture paints a thousand words? Well, how about a graph? An infographic? Or everyone’s favourite, a pie chart? Oh god I love a good pie chart. There’s nothing like clear crisp data to paint your picture. And there are researchers out there on the front line crunching those numbers. You just need to know where to find them.
I turn to social enterprises like Devex, who not only find the data, they dig deeper to research what the numbers might mean, or how we can use them to ‘do good and do it well’, as their motto goes. When the legion of trolls show up in my space to poop all over feminism, I stay cool as a cucumber in the knowledge I’ve got buckets of bullet-proof data in my pocket. Ha, it drives them up the wall because they tend to show up to a battle of wits entirely unarmed.
Devex also works with the amazing UN Women project Women Count. This is where you can find annual reports on global gender development. They even have fantastic visualiser dashboard where you can create any kind of chart you like, by year, country or topic. Oh la la, it’s data heaven!
I used research-backed data to create an infographic on interruptions to women in conversation, for example and I love how heavy with facts one image can be. Go ahead folks, take that scientific research and incorporate into your feminist voice and the feminist domination of your corner of the world!
Statistically Speaking In A Feminist Voice
So my love of a good pie chart is no secret. It’s a powerful weapon against nonsense. They can be so pretty and damnit if they aren’t easy to remember and deploy in the heat of a debate on women’s rights. Infographics too. Be still my beating feminist heart.
Where do I get the data from though? One of my fave resources is Statista.com. It’s actually the top rated business data platform on the planet (according to themselves, at least). It has data for 170 industries from 50 countries and over 1 Million facts… And it can get pretty specific too. With reports like ‘Support for feminism in youths in the UK’ or ‘Share of population who identify as feminists in France 2019’. Damn folks, it’s a nitty-gritty research-backed feminists dream! Stats, forecasts, infographics, surveys. Whatever you need to ground your feminist voice in sheer scientific data, this is not a bad spot to load up.
Annual Reports For The Win
Speaking of annual reports, any feminist worth their salt should check out the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap report. This, oh this is a topic that anti-feminists lurve to deny. Trolls Lurve to claim is a myth that has been disproven many times (but not surprisingly, fail to ever show research-backed evidence of their opinions. Hmmmm?!).
Crush those anti-feminists with irrefutable data from the WEF Gender Gap report. A smorgasbord of key findings, shareable infographics, indexes, rankings and a very handy visual data explorer. Updated every year. Next time someone tries to shout over your chat about the gender gap, raise your feminist voice and fight back with research heavy weights from this super helpful report.
So there we have it, my feminist friends. The top spots to grab all the data you need to become the supreme wielder of gender based information. Ooooh, I can see it now, you’re going to do some smooooth talking out there. Go forth in confidence that your tweets and memes and passive aggressive comments under your breath in the boardroom are indeed backed by science! (and remember to report back here to let us know how it goes!)