Fabrice Florin | 27 Feb 10:14 2015
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Call for blog stories about women and the gender gap

Greetings!

In March 2015, the Wikimedia Blog will focus on women and the gender gap on Wikipedia and sister projects, to coincide with International Women's Day and related events such as WikiWomen's March.

We aim to raise awareness about issues faced by women on our sites — and invite ideas for solving them together, as part of the new Inspire Grants program that launches next week.

We are looking for a few more authors to write stories about practical solutions to this important challenge, such as: 
• reports on programs that seem to be addressing these issues successfully
• overview of the best research studies on this topic
• best practices for increasing diverse contributions

Here are some of the questions we hope to answer through this coverage:
• How are women contributing to our sites today?
• What can we do to support them more effectively?
• How can we get more articles written about women and women’s issues?

We will publish up to a dozen stories on this topic throughout the month, including:
• profiles of WikiWomen that are making exceptional contributions and changing our culture
• reports about worldwide edit-a-thons on International Women’s Day
• community picks of great articles and images about women on the wikis

Here are some of the stories now on our calendar for the month of March:

What are we missing? Would you like to submit a story on this topic?

If so, please respond on this list, or contact me directly — or better yet, post your draft on the blog, after reviewing these guidelines:

We will be reviewing new submissions for this campaign until March 10th, 2015.

Learn more about this editorial campaign here:

We look forward to working with you to spread the word about this opportunity to grow and diversify our movement.

Best regards,


Fabrice


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Movement Communications Manager
Wikimedia Foundation


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Amanda Menking | 26 Feb 19:22 2015

"Feminism, Technology, and Labor" - Video of Judy Wajcman interviewed by Anne Balsamo

This video may be of interest to some: https://vimeo.com/75183012. Most relevant to Wikipedia, perhaps, are the comments re: cultural shifts.

FemTechNet presents a video dialogue on the history of the engagement of feminism, technology, and labor.
Judy Wajcman interviewed by Anne Balsamo
August 13, 2013 | The New School

For transcript of this video dialog, visit:
ats-streaming.cites.illinois.edu/digitalmedia/download/femtechnet/LaborTranscript.txt
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Maia Weinstock | 25 Feb 04:04 2015
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Random musings about a bot

Hi all,

There have been numerous discussions among folks in the space exploration community that use of the word "manned" and "unmanned" in Wikipedia is outdated and gender-biased. Unfortunately, going in and fixing all of these by hand would be rather labor-intensive...

Someone recently created a browser plugin that replaces "manned" with "crewed." (See https://twitter.com/mcnees/status/570409472818061312) It would be such an awesome thing if a bot existed that updated these instances for real on English Wikipedia. Anyone have ideas for making this happen, perhaps just limiting it to space exploration? I do see some issues with it being done wholesale for the whole site, as certain terms might contain terminology that would create confusion if changed automatically. (For instance, "unmanned aerial vehicles," for better or for worse, is a known term that I wouldn't advocate changing at this time.)

Anyway, just thinking out loud...

Maia (user:Girona7)


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Romaine Wiki | 24 Feb 00:18 2015
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What do we need for the future

Hi all,

I organise often edit-a-thons, including ones with female topics. I also have spoken with many female contributors at conferences. This bot gives me the impression that women need a social environment to be comfortable.

See also this blog post:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/02/11/wikimedia-at-fosdem-2015/

An activity report:
https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/January_2015/Contents/Belgium_report#FOSDEM

And today I have added a description for this in the community consultation:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:2015_Strategy/Community_consultation#Romaine


Romaine
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Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight | 22 Feb 01:07 2015
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Upcoming "Women's History Month" edit-a-thons in San Francisco

In celebration of WikiWomen's History Month, the San Francisco Bay Area Wikipedia community has two events in early March -- please consider attending! Remote participants are welcome.

First, we have an ArtAndFeminism edit-a-thon, which will take place at the Kadist Art Foundation from 12 noon to 6pm on Saturday, March 7. This will be one of many sites worldwide participating in an ArtAndFeminism edit-a-thon on March 7th. So join us as we help improve Wikipedia's coverage of women artists and their works!

Second, we will be celebrating International Women's Day (March 8th) with the International Women's Day edit-a-thon on Sunday, March 8 from 1pm to 5pm at the Wikimedia Foundation. Our editing focus will be on women, of course! Light snacks will be provided, as well as fun and great camaraderie. 
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Carol Moore dc | 17 Feb 17:15 2015
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"Feminists aim to fix the Wikipedia gender gap"

http://dailyuw.com/archive/2015/02/16/news/feminists-aim-fix-wikipedia-gender-gap#.VONoci58uSo
Feminists aim to fix the Wikipedia gender gap

Good story about Amanda and Monika's edit-a-thon!

CM
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J Hayes | 17 Feb 00:29 2015
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Workplace Bias Could Be Alienating Valuable STEM Talent

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Jodi Schneider | 15 Feb 15:21 2015
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please improve an article about female pilot & aviator Yvonne Sintes

British aviator Yvonne Sintes made a long career in aviation: she was the first female airtraffic controller and first female Captain in the UK.
Born in South Africa.

Please improve the draft article:
Especially with timelines of her family life & career (which might be found in her autobiography, ""Trailblazer in Flight").

-Jodi
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Yana Welinder | 14 Feb 08:11 2015
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Wikipedia readers

Hi all, 

What are some good studies of the gender of Wikipedia readers?

Thanks, 
Yana

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Neotarf | 14 Feb 04:55 2015
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Jackson Katz: why gender is not a women's issue

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Carol Moore DC | 12 Feb 04:22 2015
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Women-related comments - Wikimedia at FOSDEM 2015

Post       : Wikimedia at FOSDEM 2015
URL        : http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/02/11/wikimedia-at-fosdem-2015/
Posted     : February 11, 2015 at 17:39
Author     : asherman2015
Tags       : developers, FOSDEM, free software, software, Wikimedia, 
Wikipedia
Categories : Chapters, Events, Technology

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brussels-FOSDEM_2015_(12).jpg

The Wikimedia Foundation hosted a booth at FOSDEM 2015, the annual Free 
and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting. Photo ( 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brussels-FOSDEM_2015_(12).jpg )  
by Romaine ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Romaine ) , licensed 
under CC0 1.0 ( 
https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en ) .

FOSDEM 2015 ( https://fosdem.org/2015/ ) , the annual Free and Open 
Source Software Developers’ European Meeting, took place in Brussels, 
Belgium, from January 31 to February 1, 2015. The Wikimedia Foundation 
hosted a booth throughout that conference, in collaboration with 
Wikimedia Belgium, the Wikimedia Shop ( http://shop.wikimedia.org/ )  
and Wikimedia Deutschland.

We are happy to say that our Wikimedia booth received a lot of attention 
at FOSDEM. We experienced a remarkable turnout by women editors, despite 
our gender gap ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap )  issues. 
As a result, we learned more about how our female editors like to engage 
when creating content on Wikipedia: it appears that in-person 
collaborations and social settings appeal to female contributors and 
keep them coming back.

Based on these and other conversations, it seems these best practices 
could increase gender diversity:

* host more face-to-face workshops or edit-a-thons, where participants 
are encouraged to interact with each other in person.
* develop social software that makes it easy for users to form groups, 
so they are not feeling alone and can work with others in their group.
* provide groups with a central discussion page, recent changes showing 
the activity of other group members, as well as a way to create tasks, 
and host a wish list.

Our FOSDEM booth was originally focused on providing information about 
Wikimedia and Wikipedia, but we had many questions about Wikidata ( 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikidata )  and MediaWiki ( 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki ) . Our software developers 
were able to answer most of these questions, but next year we plan to 
have more materials to cover these topics, due to this high level of 
interest. We also gave free Wikimedia T-shirts, water bottles or hoodies 
to participants who tweeted about the shop -- or who demonstrated that 
they had edited Wikipedia or Wikimedia projects.

Quim Gil and Andre Klapper made a presentation about our Phabricator 
collaboration software: “Wikimedia adopts Phabricator, deprecates seven 
infrastructure tools – First hand experience from big free software 
project on a complex migration”. Read more about their presentation ( 
https://fosdem.org/2015/schedule/event/wikimedia_adopts_phabricator/ )  
and check out their slides ( 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phab-FOSDEM2014-clean.pdf ) .

FOSDEM 2015 ( https://fosdem.org/2015/ )  was a very productive 
conference, and we hope that next year will be even better. Thanks again 
to Quim and Andre for presenting. And thanks to everyone who showed up 
at the booth to ask questions and share their insights. We appreciate 
all your support and interest in our cause.

Romaine ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Romaine ) , board member 
of Wikimedia Belgium

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