Dr Heather Ford – ‘Anyone can edit’, not everyone does: Wikipedia and the gender gap
- Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12:00 – 13:30
- Location: Social Sciences Building
- Cost: Free
Feminist STS has long established that science’s provenance as a male domain continues to define what counts as knowledge and expertise.
Wikipedia, arguably one of the most powerful sources of information today, was initially lauded as providing the opportunity to rebuild knowledge institutions by providing greater representation of multiple groups. However, less than ten percent of Wikipedia editors are women. At one level, this imbalance in contributions and therefore content is yet another case of the masculine culture of technoscience.
This is an important argument and, in this article, we examine the empirical research that highlights these issues. Our main objective, however, is to extend current accounts by demonstrating that Wikipedia’s infrastructure introduces new and less visible sources of gender disparity. In sum, our aim here is to present a consolidated analysis of the gendering of Wikipedia.
Room 12.21 and 12.25
Social Sciences Building
University of Leeds