Gender Gap

Remembering Adrianne Wadewitz

Portrait of Adrianne Wadewitz at Wikimania 2012 in Washington, DC. Each of us on the Wikipedia Education Program team is saddened today by the news of Adrianne Wadewitz’s passing. We know we share this sadness with everyone at the Wikimedia Foundation and so many in the Wikimedia and education communities….

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Celebrating Women’s Day, the Wiki way

Participants editing articles about women in science. How many Indian women scientists can you name? Go on! Think about this one. Think really hard. How many can you name, now? One? Two? Three? I wrote this blog post at a co-working space for tech startups in the Southern Indian city…

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Wikipedia’s Art & Feminism Edit-A-Thon and the Gender Gap

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Egyptian students help narrow gender gap on Wikipedia

Fewer than 15% of Wikipedia editors around the world are female and the coverage of articles about women on Wikipedia is often not very good. Although the Arabic Wikipedia suffers the same imbalance in its content, this is not the case for the Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt. The number…

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Brainstorming about Wikipedia’s diversity

A large group of people from all over the world gathered in Berlin to find ways to improve our diversity. It was a busy schedule (my workshop is the second one from the bottom in the middle). Recently I was able to participate in the Wikimedia Diversity Conference in Berlin…

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What’s missing from the media discussions of Wikipedia categories and sexism

Last week the New York Times published an Op-Ed from author Amanda Filipacchi headlined Wikipedia’s Sexism Toward Female Novelists, in which she criticized Wikipedia for moving some authors from the “American novelists” category into a sub-category called “American women novelists.” Because there is no subcategory for “American male novelists,” Filipacchi…

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FLOSS internship programs as catalysts for richer community collaboration

These days we are welcoming a new wave of candidates for Google Summer of Code and FOSS Outreach Program for Women (OPW) internships. Interested? Stop reading and hurry up! Or keep reading to learn why these free software mentorship programs are doing so much good. Since 2006, Wikimedia has mentored…

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Indian WikiWomen celebrate Women’s History Month

(This is a guest post by Ms. Netha Hussein, a Wikipedia contributor from India who regularly contributes to Malayalam Wikipedia, among other projects.) March 2013 was a busy month for women Wikimedians in India, as we conducted various events, such as edit-a-thons and workshops to celebrate the presence of women…

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Wikimedia Sverige hosts first fashion editathon

Friday, the 22nd of March, was a different and exciting day at work as Wikimedia Sverige had its biggest edit-a-thon to date – with 47 participants! Also the participants and the topic of the event were something that we unfortunately don’t always connect to Wikipedia: that is, women and fashion. Wikipedia,…

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Brazilian Wikipedia editing workshop in homage to International Women’s Day

After learning the basics needed to create a Wikipedia article, the participants improved existing articles related to feminism, as part of a celebration of International Women’s Day Knowledge is power: no one should doubt that. Although the possibility of contributing knowledge to the biggest encyclopedia of the world, Wikipedia, is…

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