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Wikipedia turned 10 years old in
January 2011 with more than 3.5 million English articles and in more than 250
languages, but only about 15% of the articles have been posted by women.
Actually based on a joint study in 2010 of Wikipedia of the contributor base by
the United Nations University, Maastricht University, and Wikipedia
..."discovered that it was barely 13 percent women; the average age of a
contributor was in the mid-20s." The New York Times reported that Sue Gardner, the
executive director of the Wikipedia foundation,:
set a goal to raise the share of female contributors to 25 percent by 2015, but
she is running up against the traditions of the computer world and an obsessive
fact-loving realm that is dominated by men and, some say, uncomfortable for
At the same time the Pew Institute also issued the results of a study
about Wikipedia indicates among other things Wikipedia is relied upon more
widely by individuals with higher levels of education.
These reports make for an
interesting evolution of Wikipedia and sharing Social Media information, particularly
is "Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment."
So what about gender? Do men know
more than women? Or are men just willing to express themselves on Wikipedia?
Hello Peter - do you have any statistics on the proportion of women to men in social media? blogging platforms? etc...? I am wondering if the causing variable is technology, social media or format?
Actually I haven't seen statistics based on gender at all, which is why I found this information so intriguing. It's difficult to tell what's motivating Wikipedia activity to be overwhelmingly male, but I think there will be interest studies on this in the future.
Thanks for the inquiry.