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Women for Wikipedia

One of the facts that came out of Jimmy Wales’ recent talk in Bristol (news passim) was that the majority of contributors to Wikipedia (aka ‘Wikipedians’) are male. Indeed, only 13% of current contributors are women.

News now reaches the lab via Collective Action in Australia that a Women for Wikipedia campaign is running between now and International Womens’ Day on Tuesday, 8th March 2011. Collective Action states:

Did you know only 13% of contributors to Wikipedia are women?

To honour the 2011 centenary of International Womens’ Day women around the world are invited to create or edit a page on Wikipedia to help redress this imbalance.

Share your page on Twitter using the hashtag #women4wikipedia and find what other women have contributed to Wikipedia.

Collective Action’s Rosie Williams has also written a blog post on this subject.


  1. Ada Initiative supports women in free and open source | Bristol Wireless – community IT services, help and training in your aerial - February 10, 2011

    […] Sexism in free and open source software (FOSS) culture has been increasingly discussed and documented over the past couple of years. However, little has been done about it. Moreover, the lack of women contributors to projects such as Wikipedia has been highlighted by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales (news passim) and in Australia, Collective Action is endeavouring to counter this too with its Women for Wikipedia initiative (more news passim). […]