Forwarding this on...if you're in LA in March! I'll be there :)
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From: Stabile Carol <fairbanksmuffin(a)gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 11:57 AM
Subject: Fwd: Ms. Fembot
To: "Sarah T. Hamid" <hamidtasnuva(a)gmail.com>
Dear Collective Members,
I just wanted to remind you about the upcoming edit-a-thon and hack-a-thons
in Los Angeles on March 6 and 7. Here’s a link to Fembot's FB post about
those events, as well as a link to the post on the Fembot website. Please
feel free to share with students and colleagues as well.
These are two separate events, held in two locations.
Because space is limited at both locations, you’ll need to register for
Please register for the edit-a-thon on March 6th by contacting Kitty
Lindsay by email at klindsay(a)feminist.org or call 866-471-3652 [toll free].
You can register for the hack-a-thon on March 7th at:
And if you have any suggestions about people, events, organizations, etc.
we should be adding to Wikipedia, you can post those ideas here, or send
them along to me for addition.
I’ve pasted the ideas that are already on the Wikipedia page below, just to
get everyone thinking.
Carol A. Stabile, Professor
Women’s and Gender Studies/School of Journalism and Communication
· Elizabeth A. Sackler, arts patron, founder of the Sackler Center
for Feminist Art ()
· Amber Case
· Tsin-is-tun (Jennie Michel), Clatsop Indian woman ()
· Oregon Historic Sites Database has a group name: Women's History
· Barbara K. Byrd, State Secretary of the Oregon AFL-CIO ()
· Julia Ruuttila, Portland journalist and activist ()
· Grace Wick, actvist ()
· Mary Jane Spurlin, Oregon's first woman judge (1926)
· Eslanda Cordoza Goode Robeson, chemist, author, activist
· Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes, mathematician and university
· Adame Ba Konaré, former first lady of Mali and history professor
· Julie Green, artist with exhibition at JSMA
· Rae Selling Berry (1881-1976), see Berry Botanic Garden (redirect?)
· Beatrice Morrow Cannady, still needs expansion
· Barbara Fealy, landscape architect
· Dorothy Anne Hobson, need to add her and Valsetz
Star to Valsetz article
· Julia Christianson Hoffman (1856-1934) of the Oregon College of Art
& Craft, and daughter Margery Hoffman Smith
· LaVerne Krause, Eugene artist
· Bethenia Angelina Owens-Adair (1840-1926), Oregon's first female
doctor, needs expansion
· Hallie Parrish Hinges (1868-1950) from Salem, soprano, the "Oregon
· Denmo Ibrahim, playwright
· Lisa Sergio, anti-Fascist and radio commentator
· Rosa Lee Ingram, African American sharecropper and defendant
· Sojourners for Truth and Justice, black women's radical protest
· Carla Robinson, Television writer, Battlestar Galactica
· Helen De Michiel, Media artist
· List of first female physicians by country - list (suggested by
Cool Chicks from History) needs expanding
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Be aware - someone is forging mail to the list in members' names.
George William Herbert
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Hi all -
I've now made Keilana a mod. I'm sorry for my complete absence and for any
emails I have failed to respond to. Several weeks ago I collapsed in
septic shock and was in the ICU for an extended period of time, and am only
now even starting to return to even a semblance of normalcy. I don't
anticipate anything that weird happening, but have complete confidence in
Keilana in terms of making mod decisions, appointing new people, etc, by
herself if necessary if I happen to not be here and we have no new mods yet.
Big smile on my face... I love the idea of regular editathons. I've never
been to a knitting/quilting circle but I imagine a group of women editing
Wikipedia would have a similar look and feel. Piggy-backing on the WMDC
"salons" might be a way forward as facilitating an "editathon" requires
quite a bit of the facilitator, while a regularly scheduled editing-circle
or editing-salon wouldn't require a facilitator at all. I think that would
be easier to sustain and replicate.
This post from Romaine on Wikimedia-l caught my eye:
Parts of it touched on the gender gap. Those parts are copied below:
The past weekend was great! Wikimedia was at FOSDEM, the Free and Open
Source Software Developers' European Meeting, organised as the university
ULB in Brussels, Belgium! We had there a stand with flyers about Wikipedia,
Wikimedia, Wikimedia Belgium, and a lot of goodies.
In the Wikimedia movement we often discuss the Gendergap, as one of the
gaps we have. Wikipedia/Wikimedia looks very much likes FOSDEM, but there
the Gendergap is even larger. Wikipedia/Wikimedia needs a more social
development, we need software which enables users to form groups in an easy
way. The female contributors to Wikipedia do like two things: having in
person meetings to socialize with other editors, and second they need more
social software. The education extension is a primitive form of what is
needed. We need an extension where users easily can form groups (namespace
Groups: or something, used by an extension), where they easily can see the
recent changes of edits of group members only, to be able to actively
interact with other group members and having a long term participation in
Wikipedia. Having software where users, interest groups or a group of
editors from an external organisation can work together.
To translate it for the tech community: Wikipedia needs a kind of
*phabricator* with groups, tasks, assignments, and so on, but then for on
Yes, Wikipedia is not a social network, but we need to create an
environment in what we enable people to have a collaboration on a more
visible way (if people want to).
That is my clear conclusion after this conference where I spoke with a lot
of women about editing on Wikipedia, but also based on many project of the
past years we organised.
Romaine's thoughts echo some of my own, as expressed here:
During March we will be running an Inspire Campaign to proactively source
and support new projects aimed at addressing Wikimedia’s gender gap:
Our goals are two-fold:
1. Experiment with running scalable themed campaigns in IdeaLab to incubate
more initiatives aimed at having a focused collective impact.
2. Proactively support community initiatives aimed at increasing gender
diversity in contributors to, and content of, Wikimedia projects.
Why are we piloting with a gender gap theme? A variety of initiatives are
needed to increase diversity and reduce systemic bias on Wikimedia
projects, but so far these haven’t emerged organically at scale. Without
taking time to focus together on increasing gender diversity in our content
and contributors, this trend is likely to continue. WMF’s Individual
Engagement Grants and Project and Event Grants could support such
initiatives, and we're interested to learn how specifically inviting
proposals in this area can have an impact.
March is WikiWomen’s History Month, and it’s a great time to focus extra
attention and energy together on addressing the gender gap.
We need your help! We’re looking for volunteers to join our team in the
1. Community organizers: Spread the the word about the campaign to your
local communities, maintain a friendly space in IdeaLab, facilitate
development of ideas and project teams. (March)
2. Translators: Translate campaign content and gender gap resources into
your language. This is a global campaign, so all languages are welcome.
Some languages we’d particularly like to be able to support include:
Spanish, Arabic, Malayalam, Telugu, and Ukrainian. (February and March)
3. Funding committee: Facilitate development of ideas to grant proposals,
support idea-creators to improve proposals, greenlight projects for funding
via either Individual Engagement Grants or Project & Event Grants. (March
If you’re interested in any of the above roles, please signup under
“Participants” on the planning page or email Siko or Alex by February 10th.
The Inspire Team
Head of Individual Grants
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
*Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. *
*Donate <https://donate.wikimedia.org> or click the "edit" button today,
and help us make it a reality!*
These are all really good and complex questions because individual differences, areas of work within Wikipedia, and personal experiences can greatly affect why an editor of any gender chooses to stay or go. From my research thus far, I do, however, think the predominant culture and norms on EN Wikipedia tend to make it more challenging for editors who are more “feminine” (e.g., not more female or only women).
I have done and am continuing to do some work re: these questions. See https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Women_and_Wikipedia/Midpoint.
Part of the challenge is that interviews (e.g., scheduling, conducting, transcribing, member checking, coding, analysis) are time intensive, but the provide much richer and deeper information than surveys. Also, participants tend to self-select for both. I’ve spoken with only a few women who don’t like the term “gender gap” and who don’t see a lack of women participating as a problem in and of itself. Also, I’ve found it difficult to recruit men to participate. I would love to interview trolls too, but again—no takers yet.
I’ll be publishing my final IEG report on April 1. If my participants grant permission, I’ll share the anonymized, redacted transcripts as well as the survey results and 9 months of Gendergap mailing list data my students and I have coded and analyzed.
An excerpt from a note (currently in press) I’ve written with Ingrid Erickson (Rutgers) re: early findings:
Wikipedia, perhaps the most successful large-scale, online collaboration in the world, is a storied space of democratic values and meritocracy in action—as many within the CHI and CSCW communities have extensively detailed [e.g.,13,18,19,22,23,24]. Yet underneath its idealized veneer, Wikipedia in practice proves to have a notable gender gap. Unlike user distribution reports on social media platforms, which trend more toward representative parity or even a greater number of female users , surveys of Wikipedia users indicate the overwhelming majority of contributors are male . Both the popular media [e.g., 9,21,27] and scholars [e.g., 1,6,20] have begun to explore Wikipedia’s participation disparities, raising questions about editor recruitment and retention, content coverage and bias, and the tension between diversity and territoriality .
Recently, Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, admitted that the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) has “completely failed”  to meet its goal of increasing the number of female participants to 25% by 2015. In February 2011 in response to an article published in The New York Times , then Executive Director of WMF, Sue Gardner, asked her Deputy Director Erik Möller to create the Gendergap mailing list, a publicly archived listserv “provided by the Wikimedia Foundation as a communication tool to collectively address the realities of the gender gap” . In September 2014, a male Wikipedian posted the following message to the list: “I think there should be a separate site for the gender gap effort […] where women and men interested in narrowing the gender gap and documenting the existing problems can exchange views in an atmosphere undisturbed by men pretending to be women, men opposed to narrowing the gender gap, men arguing that it's not really proven that the gender gap is a problem.” Even within a dedicated listserv, the topic of gender parity proves to be volatile. Lam et al. confirm this social complexity, noting a “culture that may be resistant to female participation” [20:9].
However, Wikipedia’s gender gap is typically framed as a “woman problem” . It has been attributed to women’s lack of discretionary time , sensitivity to conflict and criticism , desire to be more social , and hesitancy to learn technical skills such as the Wiki mark-up language . In August 2014, Wikimedia Deutschland published a diversity report indicating that, although the picture is complex, “lack of time, technical usability barriers (e.g. navigation, editability), and a variety of sociocultural and communication issues (style of communication, working atmosphere) can […] definitely be identified as reasons for low female participation in Wikipedia” .
Despite the perception of the gender gap as a “woman problem,” women do actively contribute to different language Wikipedias across the world. Women lead local chapters, sustain sister projects, and work for and chair the WMF. Women who have similar edit counts to men are more likely to become administrators  and make more sizeable revisions  than men do. This note reports early findings that suggest there is something to be learned about the possible cause(s) and consequences of Wikipedia’s gender gap by looking more closely at the experiences of women actively engaged in the community. What are their experiences like? What challenges do they face? How do they persevere? We posit that many women Wikipedians engage in a form of ‘emotion work’ , also known as emotional labor, that allows them to maintain their participation even as the circumstances in which they engage prove challenging, if not caustic.
I’m happy to share a link to the entire note once it’s available. I’m also happy to collaborate with others re: future research.
Amanda / Mssemantics
From: Andreas Kolbe <jayen466(a)gmail.com<mailto:email@example.com>>
Reply-To: "'Addressing gender equity and exploring ways to increase the participation of women within Wikimedia projects.'" <gendergap(a)lists.wikimedia.org<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>>
Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:14 AM
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org<mailto:email@example.com>>, "'Addressing gender equity and exploring ways to increase the participation of women within Wikimedia projects.'" <gendergap(a)lists.wikimedia.org<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>>
Subject: Re: [Gendergap] [Wikimedia-l] surveys of active female editors?
Here are some more questions that I would be interested in having answers to:
-- What do women who are presently editing find most demotivating about contributing to Wikipedia?
-- Have they ever thought of throwing in the towel, and what were the reasons?
-- Based on past experience, what aspect of Wikimedia/Wikipedia culture would be most likely to cause them to stop editing at some point in the future?
-- What change, if any, would they welcome most to feel good about contributing?
You'd need a male control group for comparative work, to establish whether any of the answers are gender-specific.
Crossposted to gendergap list. (Maybe someone with access to the research mailing list might like to crosspost this thread there as well.)
On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 12:22 AM, LB <lightbreather2(a)gmail.com<mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
I want to push a "Like" button on this one. How. Why. I would love to know
the answer to these questions. Also, for those who aren't active - why?
On Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 12:14 PM, James Salsman <jsalsman(a)gmail.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
> Are there any surveys of active female editors which have asked how
> they started editing?
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