Gender bias in Wikipedia is well documented. As of 05 Dec 2018, only 17.75% of the biographies in Wikipedia are about women. In addition, biographies of women tend to be “less extensive” and “to overuse words relating to gender and family”. Furthermore, it is estimated that only 8.5-16% of Wikipedia editors are women; the estimation is so rough because women editors frequently decline to identify their gender or lie about it, in part, to avoid online harassment. Wikipedia also suffers from racial bias. Less seems to be known about other biases in Wikipedia.
The broadest goal of this event is to contribute to the reduction of bias in Wikipedia. Participants will receive hands-on training about editing and creating wikipedia pages with an eye toward increasing visibility of underrepresented groups on Wikipedia, especially in the mathematical and statistical sciences. By the end of the edit-a-thon, participants will edit and/or create at least one wikipedia biography.
Instructor: Dr. Marie A. Vitulli
Professor Emerita, University of Oregon
2019 Fellow of the AWM
Director, Women in Math Web Project
Winner, 2017 AWM Service Award
2014 AWM-MAA Etta Z. Falconer Lecturer
Saturday, January 26 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Cooper Library, 200B
116 Sigma Dr., Clemson, SC 29634, USA