As the world’s largest source of free knowledge, Wikipedia strives to represent the full, rich diversity of all humanity. Sadly, we know that we are far from reaching this goal, especially when it comes to the representation and participation of women on Wikipedia — what many have called the “gender gap.” But there is good news! In recent years, a growing number of people and initiatives have been working to close the gender gap on Wikipedia. Through the Project Rewrite initiative, we are calling attention to gender bias across the information landscape and calling on everyone to help close gaps on Wikipedia and beyond.
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Wikipedia is powered by humans, so it is vulnerable to human biases. It is also a reflection of structural and historical inequalities in opportunity and representation experienced by women around the world. We believe one of the first steps in solving the gender gap is through understanding the problem.
Wikipedia’s volunteer editor communities around the world have a number of projects and initiatives to improve the representation of women on the site.
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