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Encyclopedic Equality: The Fight To Eliminate Wikipedia's Gender Bias

As countless important women remain unrecognized in their fields, a collection of campaign groups are springing up to fight to fight that

At a Wikipedia Art+Feminism edit-a-thon
At a Wikipedia Art+Feminism edit-a-thon
Monica Hesse

WASHINGTON — Nearly everything I know about Martha Mendoza, I learned from her Wikipedia page, which, as of a few weeks ago, did not exist. Mendoza is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Her series about forced labor in the seafood industry led to the freeing of 2,000 enslaved Southeast Asian fisherman; because of her articles, Congress passed legislation requiring more transparency from food suppliers.

Her work is important and forceful. The absurd lack of recognition for her contributions on a Wikipedia page could have been for a lot of reasons; but it might have been related to one in particular: only about 18 percent of Wikipedia's biographical articles are about women. That's up 3 percent from a few years ago, according to the Wikimedia Foundation. But it's still a reflection of the fact that, "contributors are majority Western and mostly male, and these gatekeepers apply their own judgment and prejudices," the foundation wrote.

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