Wow: Women Account For Just 9% Of Wikipedia’s Editors [Infographic]
9:45 am, August 10th | by Amy Tennery
It’s easy to assume Wikipedia exists in a vacuum, powered by invisible, intelligent (and hopefully correct) beings. But we all know that’s not the case. Behind every topic summary and every factoid there is an author. And a new report shows that author is probably a dude.
A new infographic from Knock Twice shows that a staggering 91 percent of Wikipedia’s authors are men, despite the fact that Wikipedia’s readers are gender mixed — 50 percent guys, 50 percent gals.
And while much of Wikipedia’s content is closely monitored for tone and bias, it’s easy to see how this gender gap could affect which articles Wikipedia publishes and how those pieces sound.
Read on for more stats on who, exactly, is generating that free encyclopedia of yours: