Carol Moore dc | 21 May 22:38 2015
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Wikipedia used to counter sexism - for a change...

At last, a story about Wikipedia being used against sexism, as opposed to BEING sexist!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3089709/Sexist-tech-company-faces-backlash-MEN-refusing-apologize-using-scantily-clad-lingerie-models-ads.html

"When Twitter user Damian Hickey jumped in by sharing a link to Wikipedia's passage on sexism, the company read it and agreed - but still didn't apologize." (plus screenshots)

CM
http://carolmoore.net/wikipedia

(Catching up on 8 years of STUFF and may actually beef up that page in the next few months!)
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Carol Moore dc | 18 May 14:50 2015
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WMF Board elections

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:SecurePoll/vote/339?setlang=en&uselang=en&abtestbanner=WMRed

Are happening now. I see one candidate who needs a good kick in the 
pants opposition on the gender gap issue and a couple others who may be 
using code words in that regard. (But what do I know?)  Lots of "global 
south" types running too, so at least diversity is represented on that 
front.

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Ryan Kaldari | 14 May 20:03 2015
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Women's health articles

Should I be surprised that only one of the six participants in the current discussion at the vaginal yeast infection article is a woman? Maybe it's time to create a 'Women's health' WikiProject!

Kaldari
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Kerry Raymond | 3 May 02:05 2015
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Women reluctant to comment online - any relation to the WP gender gap?

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Alex Wang | 1 May 23:04 2015
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Announcing Inspire Campaign Grantees

Hi All,


Today we're pleased to announce a new group of grantees working to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects.


In early March, we announced the Inspire campaign, an initiative led by WMF’s Community Resources team to generate new ideas to address Wikimedia's gender gap. From 266 ideas came 42 grant proposals eligible for consideration. After careful review by a committee of volunteer Wikimedians and gender-focused experts, 16 projects have been recommended and approved for funding.


The projects are experimenting with a variety of strategies: organizing events and leveraging professional communities, institutions and partnerships to create quality content, researching gaps in both content and contributors, and testing approaches for training and mentorship to better support gender diversity on-wiki. Overall, we’re particularly pleased to see projects looking at gender in multiple ways as they work to improve Wikipedia’s gender diversity across various contexts, and to be supporting some returning grantees as well as many new project leaders who identify as women or allies for increasing gender diversity.


You can also read more about the campaign and each funded project on the Wikimedia Foundation blog.


The funded projects are:

What’s next:


We hope you'll continue to engage with these projects as they begin work in coming months and offer your experience and ideas!

Meanwhile, our regularly scheduled grant programs continue :)


A number of ideas and grant proposals from the campaign are still in development. Over the coming year, we'll continue to encourage people to make changes based on feedback and our Project and Event Grants and Individual Engagement Grants programs will be happy to continue to receive new or adjusted proposals aimed at increasing gender diversity during regular funding cycles along with all other topics.


A full analysis of the Inspire campaign is in progress, and in coming weeks we'll be sharing findings from a traffic analysis and a participant survey. Stay tuned for another update in mid-May on what we learned from the Inspire experiment, what worked, what didn't, and recommended steps for the future.


Many thanks to all of you that contributed to this campaign with proposals, ideas, feedback and suggestions!


Cheers,


The Inspire Team

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Tilman Bayer | 1 May 16:17 2015
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Overview of existing data about the gender ratio among Wikimedia contributors

Hi all,

this new blog post might be of interest to this list:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/04/30/how-many-women-edit-wikipedia/
On the occasion of the recently concluded Inspire campaign, it gives
an overview over existing data that informs what we know about the
size of the gender gap, including gender-related results from the 2012
WMF editor survey that some people on this list have been asking
about. Most is about Wikipedia editors, but there is also a bit about
Commons and Wikibooks. The post also lists some important caveats that
should be kept in mind when discussing these percentages.

(Many thanks to Aaron Shaw, Skud, and Siko Bouterse for their help
with this post.)

While I was at it, I also created a new documentation page for the
2008 UNU-MERIT survey which put the gender gap on the map, and still
received quite a bit of attention recently:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:UNU-MERIT_Wikipedia_survey
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Carol Moore dc | 28 Apr 23:51 2015
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"Tomboy" on Wikipedia

Found this blog item of interest. Perhaps the article needs some RS objections to the use of the term.

http://www.adviceformydaughter.com/2015/04/18/girls-are-not-tomboys-they-are-girls/
Starts with...

According to Wikipedia:

A tomboy is a girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of a boy,  including wearing masculine clothing and engaging in games and activities that are physical in nature and are considered in many cultures to be “unfeminine” or the domain of boys.

Just because there is a wikipedia entry, doesn’t mean we have to subscribe to it.

Some girls climb trees.

Some girls wear dresses.

Some girls climb trees while wearing dresses....


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Michael J. Lowrey | 22 Apr 19:23 2015
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WisCon

This year's WisCon feminist science fiction conference/convention will include a hands-on Wikipedia panel, which I have been invited to moderate. Anyone on this list interested in the intersectionality between speculative fiction, gender, sexuality, etc. should have WisCon on their calendar anyway; but I especially invite Wikimedians to attend this panel with devices in hand. 

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LB | 21 Apr 20:49 2015
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Systers-Wikipedia

There is now a Systers-Wikipedia private mailing list for Wikipedia women editors only. If you are a Wikipedia woman editor (including transgender), contact me for info on how to join.

I meant to announce this a few weeks ago, but an unplanned, personal business trip and a broken elbow held me up.

Lightbreather
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Sydney Poore | 18 Apr 17:12 2015
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Fwd:WVU Gender Wikipedian in Residence for Inspire Campaign


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Carroll Wilkinson" <cwilkins <at> wvu.edu>
Date: Apr 18, 2015 7:33 AM
Subject: Rejected email 
To: "Sydney Poore" <sydney.poore <at> gmail.com>
Cc:

> Hello -

> Sydney's observation recently that I would appreciate comments on my proposal to get a Wikipedian in Residence established at West Virginia University Libraries. Is correct. I am new to the Wikipedia community so I will benefit from feedback during the rest of April. We are excited to begin the work of addressing the Gender Gap in Wikipedia with the resources of the University behind us. Thank you in advance for your perspectives and advice.
>
> Carroll

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Sarah Stierch | 16 Apr 21:03 2015
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Fwd: [wikimedia-dc-internal] Wikipedian-in-Residence at West Virginia University Libraries

Cool! 

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Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 11:54 AM
Subject: [wikimedia-dc-internal] Wikipedian-in-Residence at West Virginia University Libraries
To: Wikimedia DC Internal Mailing List <wikimedia-dc-internal <at> googlegroups.com>


Hi everyone,

FYI, West Virginia University Libraries are planning to set up a Wikipedian-in-Residence program focused on women and gender issues: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wikipedian_in_Residence_for_Gender_Equity.

I'm not sure whether they'll be funded by IEG, but we should reach out to them in any case, given that WV is technically in our region; we would probably want to collaborate with them in one fashion or another regardless of the funding situation.

Cheers,
Kirill

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