Soccer Salary Differential Charts

Five members of the U.S. Women's National Team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) citing pay discrimination based on sex. Business Insider created a few simple bar charts to show striking comparisons. 

  Soccer pay

This one, and the others, are clear and simple, highlighting that the women's complaint may be justified. In the article, Business Insider uses strong language to describe the differences: 

  • "...a closer look at the differences in pay between the men and women reveals a disparity that is jarring."
  • "While it [per diem pay] is the smallest form of compensation, the difference between the men and women is arguably the most jaw-dropping."

In the four charts, consistency helps the viewer get the message quickly. All show men and then women on the x axis and use only two or three colors. 

Discussion Starters: 

  • What principles of visual communication do these charts follow? How could they be improved? 
  • Read the women's complaint. From the data presented, what other charts could complement the message? Consider pie charts or more creative visuals such as infographics.