Why Aren’t Women Writing For Wikipedia? [Headlines]

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia says 90% of the writers on Wikipedia are men and explained that some areas could use the help of female writers.

Caroline Ku
  • 11 august 2011

In a revealing glimpse inside the Wikipedia kimono at its annual conference in Haifa at the weekend, co-founder Jimmy Wales described the typical Wikipedia editor as a 26-year-old geeky male with a PhD. Eventually he’ll get married, go on to some other project and leave the site, said Wales. And Wikipedia’s own research found that 90% of editors are male.

This imbalance has meant that while technology and science are covered comprehensively, other subjects are left wanting. “The main thing is to bring in people of all different backgrounds,” Wales told the event, reports the Independent. “If you do that, you increase the knowledge base of the site, which can only be a good thing. At the moment, we are relatively poor in a few areas; for example, biographies of famous women through history and issues surrounding early childcare.” Jemina Kiss/The Guardian.


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