Monday, May 19, 2014

WIKIPEDIA - The Perceived Gender Gap

IMHO this is not the fault of the Wikipedia organization, it is women not being interested enough to participate in editing articles which is time consuming.

"‘Wikipedian’ editor took on website’s gender gap" PBS NewsHour 5/18/2014


SUMMARY:  Wikipedia has come under scrutiny over a lack of female representation and participation on the website.  To combat this trend, Adrianne Wadewitz was a dedicated "Wikipedian," who wrote and edited content on Wikipedia as one of the nearly 75,000 active volunteer editors.

TRACY WHOLF (NewsHour):  Rebecca Morris is a prominent, contemporary American artist.  With a career spanning the last 20 years, her paintings can be viewed in galleries and museums around the globe including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Goetz collection in Munich, Germany.

And if you google her, immediately images of her work and links to interviews appear.

But prior to March 9 of this year, Rebecca Morris didn’t have a Wikipedia page.  Some say that this omission is a small example of a very large problem; the lack of female representation and participation on one of the world’s most popular websites, Wikipedia.

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