Research talk:Gender gap

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live data from Wikimedia?[edit]

Heya User:Halfak (WMF), User:MCruz (WMF), wmf:User:Tbayer - Does Wikimedia have data we can live stream, to monitor progress on ending (finally) Gender and Systemic biases among Wikipedians and in Wikipedia Articles? - thanks & Mabuhay! - LeoRomero (talk) 19:42, 23 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Hey! Not sure what you are looking for in this stream. I'm not aware of a any one indicator of systemic bias that might be useful for monitoring progress. Re. gender, we don't directly ask people about their sex or gender when they register and the gender preference is probably also steeply biased. It seems what we need is a proposal for what such a monitoring system would look like before we can discuss its implementation. With all that said, it seems like this would be a good idea. --Halfak (WMF) (talk) 14:17, 29 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]
coo thanks. our family fund yesterday asked 3 econ research friends at the w:university of asia and the pacific to draft some answers for you in the next week or two. please hold... LeoRomero (talk) 20:12, 1 January 2016 (UTC)[reply]

2015 sources & citations[edit]

peer reviewed[edit]

  • Klein, Max, and Piotr Konieczn. "Wikipedia in the World of Global Gender Inequality Indices." Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration - OpenSym '15 (2015): n. pag. Web. <>. While Wikipedia's editor gender gap is important but difficult to measure, its biographical gender gap can more readily be measured. We correlate a Wikipedia-derived gender inequality indicator (WIGI), with four widespread gender inequality indices in use today (GDI, GEI, GGGI, and SIGI). Analysing their methodologies and correlations to Wikipedia, we find evidence that Wikipedia's bias in biographical coverage is related to the gender bias in positions of social power.

mass media[edit]

  • Many hands make Wikipedia work. (2015, December 10). Sydney Morning Herald [Sydney, Australia], p. 20. Retrieved from We all use Wikipedia. It's hard to avoid. On just about any Google search, Wiki tops the list. Because it's also astoundingly comprehensive, intelligible and reliable, it has become the ubiquitous go-to start point. Yet almost the first research rule our kids learn is Wiki-denial. Read it if you must but, never, honey, never ever admit to it. ... So yes, Wikipedia is flawed. Above all, it needs more female input. But the obvious response, for you-and-me users who encounter something stupid or biased or just plain wrong, is to hop in there and fix it. I'll see you there, yes? Oh, and honey? Cite away!
  • Wikipedia: A bias against women? (2014, Apr 13). The National Retrieved from Prof Bruckner's hope is that having systemic data on the extent and reasons behind bias could mobilise resources to deal with the issue. It might help, she suggests, if universities encouraged staff to become Wikipedia contributors, ensuring important academic work does not get ignored. They could, for example, expand the programmes some of them already run for academics on writing newspaper editorial columns - another area where female writers tend to be heavily outnumbered - to cover Wikipedia contributions. "That is not something we usually do. We're scientists, we're not in the business of marketing our research. We have no training to do this," said Prof Bruckner. She admits she has never contributed to Wikipedia herself. The apparent bias could also be partly redressed by focusing on general initiatives to improve Wikipedia's quality. For Prof Bruckner, the Wikipedia project may also offer pointers about how the value of academic work in general is assessed. "There is the gender issue, but also how people think about scholarship and what's reputable scholarship or not," she said.

from Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias/Gender gap task force/Media and research[edit]




Art+Feminism edit-a-thon, the Oracle Club, Queens, New York, June 2015



Wikipedia women's meeting in Palafrugell, Spain, March 2015


Art+Feminism edit-a-thon, Madrid, March 2015

LeoRomero (talk) 20:21, 1 January 2016 (UTC)[reply]