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Gender gap task force: exploring and closing the gender gap on Wikipedia

Welcome to the Gender gap task force, a task force belonging to WikiProject Countering systemic bias. A task force consists of a group of editors devoted to the management of a particular issue or topic on Wikipedia. This page has been set up to ease coordination of our efforts.

If you'd like to help out in any way, please add your name to the list of participants.


See: Articles about Wikipedia's gender gap
Further information: Meta:Gender gap and Gender bias on Wikipedia
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Estimates of the percentage of Wikipedia editors who are female range from 8.5 percent, according to a 2011 Wikimedia Foundation survey,[1] to 16.1 percent, according to a report by Benjamin Mako Hill and Aaron Shaw in PLOS in 2013.[2]

The aim of the task force is to address all the ways in which the gender gap affects the position of women on Wikipedia, and their absence from it, as article subjects, editors, and readers. Issues include editor interaction, the way policies and guidelines are written, our dispute-resolution processes, the way admins are elected, notability guidelines, which articles are created and deleted, and how articles are sourced.[3][4][5][6][7]

Factors cited as discouraging women from editing 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's ideology "resists any efforts to impose rules or even goals like diversity", 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", leading to "a huge argument about whether there is the problem".[8]

Sue Gardner, the Foundation's former executive director, aimed to increase female enrollment to 25 percent by 2015.[8] In 2014 Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales said the Foundation was "doubling down" its efforts to reach that goal, and would be doing more outreach and making software changes.[9] A group of Foundation staff members and volunteers have set up the Gender gap strategy, which includes an "Inspire Grants" campaign to fund projects aimed at addressing the gender gap.


Current WikiProject Gender Gap Task Force members[edit]

This is a list of members whose have made contributions to Wikipedia since 1 August 2014.

  1. 97198 (talk · contribs)
  2. ACrockford (talk · contribs)
  3. Anne Delong (talk · contribs)
  4. AshLin (talk · contribs)
  5. BoboMeowCat (talk · contribs)
  6. Boson (talk · contribs)
  7. Bridenh (talk · contribs)
  8. Carolmooredc (talk · contribs)
  9. Carrite (talk · contribs)
  10. CDA (talk · contribs)
  11. Chess (talk · contribs)
  12. Chloe.stamper (talk · contribs)
  13. Cullen328 (talk · contribs)
  14. Czar (talk · contribs)
  15. Dashiellsands (talk · contribs)
  16. Dawn Bard (talk · contribs)
  17. Deb (talk · contribs)
  18. Djembayz (talk · contribs)
  19. DStrassmann (talk · contribs)
  20. EvergreenFir (talk · contribs)
  21. Ever wonder (talk · contribs) Interested/supporter, unsure how actively I'll be able to help.
  22. FeralOink (talk · contribs)
  23. Geraldshields11 (talk · contribs)
  24. Gobonobo (talk · contribs)
  25. GoodOleQuackers (talk · contribs)
  26. GRuban (talk · contribs)
  27. Hmlarson (talk · contribs)
  28. Huxley G (talk · contribs) Happy to help; will likely spend most of my time on feminism, gender studies, and related areas.
  29. Jaguar (talk · contribs)
  30. John Carter (talk · contribs)
  31. Kaldari (talk · contribs)
  32. Keilana (talk · contribs)
  33. Kerry (talk) 22:19, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
  34. kmccook (talk · contribs)
  35. Lightbreather (talk · contribs)
  36. Lyrric (talk · contribs)
  37. Malik Shabazz (talk · contribs)
  38. Mark Miller (talk · contribs)
  39. Matt Heard (talk · contribs)
  40. Maximilianklein (talk · contribs)
  41. Miniapolis (talk · contribs)
  42. Missvain (talk · contribs)
  43. Mkdw (talk · contribs)
  44. Mssemantics (talk · contribs)
  45. Modernist (talk · contribs)
  46. Montanabw (talk · contribs)
  47. Mr. Granger (talk · contribs)
  48. NamSor_Onomastics (talk · contribs)
  49. Obiwankenobi (talk · contribs) Interested in categories
  50. Ongepotchket (talk · contribs)
  51. Piotrus (talk · contribs)
  52. Rationalobserver (talk · contribs)
  53. Rl1573r (talk) 22:33, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
  54. Robert McClenon
  55. Rosiestep (talk · contribs)
  56. Scalhotrod (talk · contribs)
  57. Shiningroad (talk · contribs)
  58. Skyerise (talk · contribs)
  59. SlimVirgin (talk · contribs)
  60. spaceanddeath (talk · contribs)
  61. SPECIFICO talk
  62. Sphilbrick (talk · contribs)
  63. Steeletrap (talk · contribs)
  64. Sue_Rangell (talk · contribs)
  65. SusanLesch (talk · contribs)
  66. The Vintage Feminist (talk · contribs)
  67. Thebrycepeake (talk · contribs)
  68. Tony1 (talk · contribs)
  69. Tutelary (talk · contribs)

Inactive WikiProject Gender Gap Task Force members[edit]

This is a list of members whose last contribution to Wikipedia pre-dates 1 August 2014.

  1. Samsara9 (talk · contribs)
  2. Superbellymonster (talk) 03:29, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

To do[edit]


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  • Set targets for numbers of women in Wikipedia, actively recruit women editors and administrators, help retain women editors by offering aid on issues women face.
  • Consider as a group other proposals that might help editors effectively 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.")

Write essays[edit]

  • Write essays on the problems women editors face, how Wikipedia's dispute-resolution processes can help and how those processes can be improved. Consider ideas from this "geek feminism" page on working with men.
  • Write essay on functional v. intentional sexism.
  • Update Wikipedia:WikiBigotry to include bigotry towards women.


Resources lists[edit]


See particularly
Related projects in non-Wikimedia communities

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.

Related WikiProjects[edit]


  1. ^ "Wikipedia Editors' Survey", Wikimedia Foundation, April 2011, p. 2.
  2. ^ Benjamin Mako Hill, Aaron Shaw, "The Wikipedia Gender Gap Revisited: Characterizing Survey Response Bias with Propensity Score Estimation", PLOS, 26 June 2013.
  3. ^ Justine Cassell (4 February 2011). "Editing Wars Behind the Scenes". New York Times. 
  4. ^ James Gleick (29 April 2013). "Wikipedia's Women Problem". The New York Review of Books. 
  5. ^ Amanda Filipacchi, "Wikipedia's Sexism Toward Women Novelists", The New York Times, 24 April 2013.
  6. ^ Kevin Morris (1 May 2013). "Does Wikipedia's sexism problem really prove that the system works?". The Daily Dot. 
  7. ^ Deanna Zandt (26 April 2013). "Yes, Wikipedia Is Sexist – That's Why It Needs You". Forbes. 
  8. ^ a b Noam Cohen, "Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List", The New York Times, 31 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Wikipedia 'completely failed' to fix gender imbalance", BBC News, 8 August 2014.