ELSEWHERE: Wikipedia Closing the Gender Gap

Not long ago I wrote an article about the imbalance of women represented in film, so I was pleased to discover Wikipedia’s concerted effort to address the gender imbalance in its online content. In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, a gathering will be held at Brown University to edit and expand information of women in science, technology, and math. Earlier this year, a similar meeting was held to address women in the arts content. It’s also well worth noting: “Wikipedia, unlike other knowledge sources, can be edited by the public, and its errors and shortcomings can be ameliorated—incrementally, but surely—by the same public.”

About Anita Kobayashi Sung
  • Thursday1

    Women aren’t working enough for free.

  • Esther O’Reilly

    The vast majority of history’s most vital mathematical and scientific discoveries were made by men. The fact that women are scarce in such articles isn’t a “discriminatory” imbalance, it’s just a history of these disciplines as they actually unfolded.

    Them’s just the facts ma’am.

  • Jeff Peters

    I wrote the bulk of the Ada Lovelace page in 2008. All that was added in the edit a thon was rumor and nonsense. However, this group fraudulently took credit for my work while adding disgraceful material to Wikipedia.