BY Ada Guzman
on Jan 28, 2015
Well, #GamerGate has reared its ugly head once again: Five feminist editors are reportedly being banned from making corrections on the GamerGate Controversy wiki page—and on any Wikipedia page having to do with gender and sexuality. Wikipedia’s arbitration committee made the decision to sanction them as part of an effort to curb an edit war on the GamerGate entry, but all of the editors were just trying to keep the page from being written in a way that made victims look like the bad guys (or girls, in this case). Read More
Even though it’s a site that now features the incredible number of over 3.5 million articles written in the English language, Wikipedia’s female writers only make up just 13% of the overall contributors. But this past weekend, the international Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon went down across the globe where around 600 participants in 31 venues collectively confronted the persistent issue of Wikipedia’s gendered bias.
The inclusion of women as contributors and subjects of the ever influential online encyclopedia is a total necessity. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 11, 2013
Ahh Wikipedia...truly my oldest and most treasured childhood friend. Without ye, so many A- papers would be mere C+’s...So many useless facts would remain unknown...Truly a bleak world would exist if not for Wikipedia. Yet, statistics show that less than 15% of Wikipedia contributors are female. Could it be that my heart and soul has been devoted the most patriarchal website of them all?! Say it ain’t so!
The debate on why such a huge gender gap exists on such a supposedly “open” platform is inconclusive. Read More
We all know Wikipedia’s got some lady probs. At the 2013 International Wikimedia Conference on August 9th, Wikipedia co-founder, Jimmy Wales, said that 87% of the site’s editors are men. This isn't the only time Wiki has shoved women out of the editing limelight. In April, a New York Times op-ed exposed that Wikipedia editors have moved women from the “American Novelists” category, to “American Women Novelists” subcategory. Ugh, that was way harsh, Wiki. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Jun 04, 2013
Less than 10% of Wikipedia's editors are women.
Bishakha Datta serves on the board of the Wikimedia Foundation and spoke about this today in Israel. I occasionally contribute to Wikipedia so was curious to hear why it is so male dominated. The Foundation doesn't actually know, but it has conducted research and come up with possible explanations:
“Women lack a fundamental sense of self confidence when it comes to producing knowledge,” Datta explained. “Women look at themselves as silent receivers of knowledge. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Apr 30, 2013
Amanda Filipacchi is an American feminist and novelist who has published three books. Her writing has been praised for its wit and humor, and Love Creeps made The Village Voice's top 25 books of the year in 2005. Imagine Filipacchi's surprise when she noticed that Wikipedia's "List of American novelists" page was slowly moving women into their own separate category, titled "American women novelists." The author read a note at the top of the article that explained the list was too long as only American novelists, and needed to be divvied up into subcategories. Read More
BY Mary S
on Jan 31, 2011
According to the New York Times, less than 15 percent of Wikipedia's hundreds of thousands of contributors are women. And the issue isn't simply that more entries are written by men, but the distinct lack of information on "feminine" topics: a big deal, considering Wikipedia has become a huge source of how people get their information. The Times points out how topics like baseball cards or video games get huge pages, while friendship bracelets, Sex and the City, and female writers get a scant few. Read More