Spare a moment for the less popular countries on Gender Balance

Ever feel sorry for the less popular kids at school?

Excellent, then you’re just the sort of person we need: you may empathise with some of the countries on Gender Balance that aren’t getting quite as much attention as the rest.

Thanks to our recent data drive, Gender Balance now contains many more countries, all waiting for you to play.

But we’ve noticed that some countries aren’t getting quite as much attention as others. Gender Balance’s ultimate aim is to provide data for researchers, and we’d hate to feel that we had patchier data for those studying the less popular places.

featured country on Gender Balance

So, to encourage take-up, we’ve now added a ‘featured country’ spot. Accept the invitation to play the highlighted place, and you’ll receive double points, propelling you all the faster towards a coveted place on the Gender Balance leaderboard. Time to get playing!




  1. With only 180 parliaments in the world wouldn’t it be easier just to count them? A little contrived don’t you think?
    I will back you on research into enabling men to bear children, and I will remonstrate with you against whoever is the perpetrator of this deplorable act of sexist discrimination, if you can find out who did it that is.
    I’ll wager it was a man!
    Fortunately the advances in womb transplant brings emancipation of the male gender ever closer.
    Any donors?

    • With only 180 parliaments in the world wouldn’t it be easier just to count them? A little contrived don’t you think?

      Well, it turns out that there are a lot more than 180 parliaments in the world (particularly if you count individual houses separately — e.g. Commons vs Lords). Also, Gender Balance will be doing the same for historic data as well, so that’s all those houses, multiplied by many many historic terms of every country’s parliament.

      Then there’s the consideration that what may be difficult for us is actually a lot easier for someone in the know. Consider going through the members of the Chinese Parliament, in Chinese, for example. Impossible for me to judge the gender, but much easier for someone actually living in that country or fluent in Chinese.

      The game also helps us iron out any errors. A single person counting might well make mistakes: taking the average of everyone’s response makes the final data far more likely to be accurate.

      The final point is the most important one, though: we’re not just ‘counting’ the number of women with Gender Balance; we’re creating structured, coherent data that researchers will be able to use to answer questions that are rather deeper than just ‘how many women?’. You can read more about that here, if you have a mind to.