Wikipedia is the world’s sixth most popular website, but it has a gender problem. More than 90% of Wikipedia’s editors are male, and content suffers in some cases from the bias of its editors.
Maynooth University, supported by the Wikimedia Community Ireland, hosted two events on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017. The afternoon event was an editathon which aimed to add overlooked women to Wikipedia and to encourage users to explore gender bias and omissions on Wikipedia.
Below are two images from the day.
The first shows a number of people involved in organising and publicising the events: (left to right) Brian McKenzie (Lecturer, Critical Skills), Mary Corcoran (Sociology), Fergus Ryan (Law), Lorna Dodd (Senior Librarian), Rosaleen McCarthy (Human Resources), Aphra Kerr (Sociology) and centre front Susan Giblin (Critical Skills tutor).
The second shows participants hard at work editing pages.
Well done to all involved.