Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias/Gender gap task force

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Scope Talk Participants Media
and research
Address the
Gender Gap
Gender studies
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See: Articles about Wikipedia's gender gap and Meta:Address the gender gap
Further information: Gender bias on Wikipedia
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Welcome to the gender gap task force (GGTF), one of the task forces of WikiProject Countering systemic bias. If you'd like to help, please add your name to the list of participants.

According to New York Magazine in 2014, "Wikipedia famously bears one of the starkest gender gaps in contemporary culture."[1] Estimates of the percentage of Wikipedians who are female range from 8.5 to 16.1 percent.[2] The aim of the GGTF is to examine and address the factors that contribute to the presence and absence of women, whether as article subjects, editors or readers. Issues include editor interaction and dispute resolution, how admins and the Arbitration Committee are chosen, how policies are written and enforced, which articles about women are created and deleted, and how those articles are written and sourced.

Factors believed to discourage women include what the New York Times called "the traditions of the computer world and an obsessive fact-loving realm that is dominated by men and, some say, uncomfortable for women." Wikipedia "shares many characteristics with the hard-driving hacker crowd," according to Joseph Reagle of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and its openness means being "open to very difficult, high-conflict people, even misogynists."[3] Issues most often cited include a perception of Wikipedia as sexist; a perception of it as sexual, particularly because of the inclusion of pornography; lack of confidence; less spare time; problems with the editing interface; the belief that editing is tedious; and fewer opportunities to develop social relationships than on other websites.[4][1]

Sue Gardner, the Foundation's former executive director, aimed to increase female enrollment to 25 percent by 2015.[3] In 2014 Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales said the Foundation was "doubling down" its efforts, including with outreach and software changes.[5] That year the Foundation set up the Gender gap strategy. This includes the Inspire Campaign to fund projects aimed at closing the gender gap, and a new page on meta, Address the gender gap. In July 2014 the National Science Foundation announced the award of a $200,000 grant to study the democratization of academic knowledge on Wikipedia and the effect on that of systemic gender bias.[6]

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To do[edit]


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  • Recruit women editors and administrators; help retain women editors by offering aid on issues women face.
  • Track progress by dynamically updating figures for the gender-pronoun preference.
  • Consider proposals that might help editors deal with GG bias.
  • Promote! Promote! Promote! Use the templates below and talk up the project to other editors.

Improve women-related articles[edit]

Improve resource, policy and help pages[edit]



  • Ensure that categories are used in accordance with the guideline above. (There is a main Category:Women, thousands of categories with "women" in their titles, and thousands with "female.")


Resources lists[edit]


Non-Wikimedia communities[edit]

Promotional templates[edit]

  • User box for your user page.

{{WP:WikiProject_Countering_systemic_bias/Gender_gap_task_force/gendergaptaskforce}}, which creates:

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Gender Gap task force.

  • Invite others to join! To invite someone, add {{subst:GGTF invitation}} to their talk page. This results in the following welcome message:
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We invite you to join Gender Gap task force. There you can coordinate with users who are trying to identify gender bias on Wikipedia (including gender bias in articles, in editor interactions, policies and implementation of policies) and take steps to counter it. If you would like to get involved, just visit the Gender Gap task force. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or other members of the task force. Happy editing, ~~~~

  • Mind the Gap Award For those who've done a great job. Paste the following template, with your own message, to the recipient's talk page:
    {{subst:Mind the Gap Award|1=Add your message here. ~~~~}}
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Your message here.

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  1. ^ a b Kat Stoeffel, "Closing Wikipedia’s Gender Gap — Reluctantly", New York Magazine, 11 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Wikipedia Editors' Survey", Wikimedia Foundation, April 2011, p. 2.

    Benjamin Mako Hill, Aaron Shaw, "The Wikipedia Gender Gap Revisited: Characterizing Survey Response Bias with Propensity Score Estimation", PLOS ONE, 26 June 2013.

  3. ^ a b Noam Cohen, "Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List", The New York Times, 31 January 2011.
  4. ^ Sue Gardner, "Nine Reasons Women Don't Edit Wikipedia (in their own words)",, 19 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Wikipedia 'completely failed' to fix gender imbalance", BBC News, 8 August 2014.
  6. ^ Julia Adams, "Wikipedia and the Democratization of Academic Knowledge", National Science Foundation, November 2014.