Rob Jones: Many thanks, as always, for shedding more light on this diversity issue via your unique perspectives and important insights. It sounds like you might agree with the Wikimedia Foundation (WF) which appears to blame society at large for the daunting data on female editors (or lack thereof at 10%) and women’s bio pages on English Wikipedia (less than 18%). Is that correct?

If so, I’m sure there are incentives that such a large global organization like 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 too that leading women’s group, civil rights groups and human rights group could proffer. But doing a bare minimum while simultaneously casting blame sounds like an easy way out — and not an approach I would expect you to support.

Please enlighten me further per the above comments.

Strategic comms consultant for social justice, DEI, CSR | prior career spokesman at U.S. EEOC, WH political appointee for Bill Clinton | DC-based, NY-bred

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