gender gap

"Compass of diversity" by Christopher Schwarzkopf (WMDE), under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Now available: Charting Diversity – Working together towards diversity in Wikipedia

In the last couple of years, a discussion arose concerning the ratio of male to female contributors on Wikipedia. Various studies verified a significant gender gap within the group of editors. A number of countries have since started initiatives that specialize in the direct support of female contributors.

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Wiki Loves Pride 2014 and Adding Diversity to Wikipedia

Since Wikipedia’s gender gap first came to light in late 2010, Wikipedians have taken the issue to heart, developing projects with a focus on inclusivity in content, editorship and the learning environments relevant to new editors. 

Wiki Loves Pride started from conversations among Wikipedians editing LGBT topics in a variety of fields, including history, popular culture, politics and medicine, and supporters of Wikimedia LGBT - a proposed user group which promotes the development of LGBT-related content on Wikimedia projects in all languages and encourages LGBT organizations to adopt the values of free culture and open access. [...]

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Creating Safe Spaces

This morning I read an article entitled Ride like a girl. In it, the author describes how being a cyclist in a city is like being a woman: Welcome to being vulnerable to the people around you. Welcome to being the exception, not the rule. Welcome to not being in…

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Women Scientists Workshop Development Update

The Women Scientists Workshop Development IEG [1] is a project aimed at empowering women college students by encouraging them to create content about women scientists on English Wikipedia.

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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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Why Wikipedians should love librarians

Last year marked the start of Wikipedia Loves Libraries (WLL), and in 2012, WLL activities are in full swing, with many events planned in the coming month. WLL was originally conceived as a way of celebrating Open Access Week, but we now have WLL events throughout the year. As a librarian…

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Wiki women joining Indic languages

User:Netha Hussain‘s inspiring story is a wonderful way of celebrating Women’s History Month. Netha is a woman editor of the Malayalam language Wikipedia from the state of Kerala in India. Netha is both a medical student and a Wikipedian. She mostly edits articles related to medicine/biology, literature and women’s biographies….

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Campus Ambassador program tackles gender gap

A key piece of Wikimedia’s strategic plan is to close the gender gap by encouraging more women to participate in projects. One area where we already see progress is the Wikipedia Ambassadors program, developed in conjunction with the Public Policy Initiative. During the 2010-11 academic year, university students across the United States are writing…

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Wikipedia celebrates International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a holiday around the world that celebrates the accomplishments of women in all walks of life, as well as a collective reminder of past and continuing efforts to eliminate inequalities faced by women. On the Main Pages of Wikipedias in every language, there is…

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Wikipedia’s gender gap

The gender imbalance among Wikipedia contributors has been a simmering topic in our community for years, but a story from the New York Times yesterday is bringing a surge of new interest. “Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia’s Contributor List“, by Noam Cohen, brings wider attention to the stark statistic from…

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