Women of color* on the european labour market

Data Visualization, Visual essay, Scrollytelling





Marie Dietze
Dennis Ostendorf
Giang Pham




Conception, Visual
Design, Prototyping

If a headscarf decides on the invitation to a job interview or if women with a migrating history are more than twice as often overqualified for their current employment conditions than people in the majority society, then the question of structural problems in the European labour market must be asked at the latest.

Forms of discrimination such as racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, antifeminism, homophobia, transphobia, disability or ableism or classism do not only add up in one person, but lead to independent experiences of discrimination, also known as intersectionality.
In this project, different forms of structural discrimination are presented in respective case studies and concrete examples.

This visual essay is intended to make the complex dynamics and overlapping
experiences that women of color* face in the European labour market more visible.

How can we raise awareness of the dynamics of systemic oppression, marginalisation and inequalities?


if systemic oppression and marginalisation are not part of one's own experience, it is difficult to understand the dynamics of these forms of discrimination. Therefore it´s almost invisible or intangible for the privileged part of the society. No individual cases remain and therefore figures and studies must be used to make this discrepancy more visible.


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Research about structural discrimination on european labour markets and how intersectionality is related 

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Choosing case studies in which EU labor regulations are violated when it comes to women of color

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Building a scrollytelling with interactive infographics to visualize the structural problems



The purple bubbles represents a women of colour*. At the beginning of the scrollytelling they move fast, but the further they scroll, the more these people encounter the barriers of discrimination, which finally "slow down" them. 

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On the basis of the regulated working and employment conditions in the EU, we took up 4 problematic issues (E.g. strong pay gaps or precarious work conditions ) where women of color* constantly faces.

We divided the problems like unequal access to the labour market, wage gaps, precarious work and overqualification into 4 sections showing representative studies in which intersectional discrimination takes place.

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The experiences of those affected should be brought to the foreground. Most of the experiences of ethnic or religious minorities simply cannot be understood or even relived from the comfort of the privilege of belonging to the majority society. Rather, everyone should ask themselves whether they are in any way involved in maintaining or strengthening discriminatory structures.

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