December 9, 2019

Report: “Wikipedia Still Hasn’t Fixed its Colossal Gender Gap”

From Fast Company:

Wikimedia has launched initiatives to encourage more women to participate. The Wikimedia Gender Gap Project promotes groups such as Women in RedWikiWomen’s Collaborative, and WikiProject Women, which aim to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of women and subjects related to them.

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Even with these initiatives in place, Wikipedia’s gender imbalance persists. Dr. Jessica Wade started contributing to Wikipedia in 2018 and has since created over 800 articles on scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are women, people of color, or LGBTQ+. She has a vast amount of experience in regard to the issues that women editors and subjects face when someone chooses to write about them.

“I’ve been through some especially depressing editing discussions,” she says. “I think some of the old-school editors don’t like all the press around the gender and ethnicity gap on the site, and they occasionally target me, systematically tagging the biographies I’ve written for deletion. . . . They seem quick to criticize and tag for deletion, but slow to help you improve a page.” On top of that, editors often peg sources as being noncredible, even if they’re from reputable universities and publications.

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Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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