Take down… or contribute?
We occasionally receive requests claiming that Wikimedia projects are biased in their representation of topics, an issue we transparently acknowledge and work to address with Wikimedia volunteers around the world. In July 2022, we received a request to take down Wikipedia articles of women who are supermodels and actresses so that women with other types of educational or professional accomplishments will be better represented. At the Wikimedia Foundation, we recognize that our projects, such as Wikipedia, are powered by humans and can thus reflect the structural and historical inequalities women experience around the world. Over the years, we have launched multiple initiatives, including Project Rewrite, to close this gender gap on Wikimedia projects. Though the requester raises the important issue of representation, we do not feel that deleting encyclopedic articles about notable supermodels and actresses contributes to closing the gender gap. We responded to this requester with an invitation to help join us in our mission to share free knowledge, including knowledge about women, around the globe.