Jane Darnell: I appreciate your valuable feedback and concur with most of your astute assessment. It’s a sad testament to the digital age that one cannot always discern whether it’s 1920 or 2019 on Wikipedia.
As I noted to Rob Jones in my reply: I’m sure there are incentives that such a large global organization like the Wikimedia Foundation (WF) could take to formulate and implement a more proactive strategy to narrow the gender gap within its ranks and per its voluminous content.
For example, what about WF partnering with colleges and universities worldwide to offer internships and fellowships for college credit or stipends for female editors — or anyone — who would produce women’s bios and related content? This could be pre- and post-grad studies, and be targeted to programs like women’s history, social sciences and STEM.
This is just one idea of how to effectuate greater gender parity on English Wikipedia pages and among volunteer staff. I’m sure there are many more feasible options that leading women’s groups, civil rights groups, human rights groups and others could proffer to lead us closer to a viable solution.