Note: this is a mirror of a Wikipedia page here, accurate as of Dec. 12, 2014
Related Resources: Projects and Writings
These miscellaneous items generally are not “reliable sources” but are interesting background material related to Wikipedia’s gender gap. They are provided in addition to the List of research studies on the Gender Gap, List of mainstream and tech media articles and List of Wikimedia/Wikipedia Gender Gap action projects.
- Wikipedia Women, a Facebook page
- Sarah Steirch’s “Scoop It” reporting on Women and Wikimedia
- Postcolonial Digital Humanities “Rewriting Wikipedia” project
- Wikistorming, New School Femtech project’s Wikipedia page
- Geek Feminism Wiki, a Wikia “resource for and about women in geek communities” includes featured articles, FAQ, links to communities, resources, organizations, link to GeekFeminism blog which focuses on harassment and abuse of women in technological communities. Of particular interest:
- Sample statement of purpose for communities including men
- “Code of conduct” banning harassing behavior
- How to create anti-harassment policies for conferences
- Sexualized environment
- Free sexism consulting (i.e., problems with asking women to fix problems created by men)
- WikiHow has a large portion of women editors which is attributed in part to its friendly interface and guidelines. See this Wikhow presentation at Wikimania 2012, at Youtube.com
- The Ada Initiative, a non-profit working to increase participation of women in open technology and culture
- Women, Action & the Media, dedicated to building a robust, effective, inclusive movement for gender justice in media
- Media Report To Women provides information on all types of media, how they depict women and related issues of interest to women.
- How to encourage women in Linux, the Linux Documentation project, a model for action
- FemTechNet Vimeo.com site
Research studies/writings on similar topics and/or communities
- Deborah Tannen, The Argument Culture, Ballantine, 1999, Chapter “Fast Forward: Technologically Enhanced Aggression“, section, “Gender on the Internet”
- Jodi K. Biber, Dennis Doverspike, Daniel Baznik, Alana Cober, and Barbara A. Ritter, Sexual Harassment in Online Communications: Effects of Gender and Discourse Medium, CyberPsychology & Behavior. February 2002, 5(1): 33-42. DOI. Found that “in terms of gender differences, women rated online pictures and jokes as significantly more harassing than men.”
- “The Gender Gap”. Journalism.com. Pew Research Center. 23 May 2005. regarding women writers, researchers and academics’ blogging to publish their thoughts and experiences.
- Johnston, Anne; Friedman, Barbara; Peach, Sara (2011). “Standpoint in Political Blogs: Voice, Authority, and Issues”. Women’s Studies 40 (3): 269–298 – via Taylor & Francis. DOI
- Marilyn Livosky, Terry F. Pettijohn II, Jillian R. Capo, Reducing Sexist Attitudes as a Result of Completing an Undergraduate Psychology of Gender Course, Psychology and Education, An Interdisciplinary Journal, July 3, 2012, DOI.
- Report: Social network demographics in 2012, Pingdom, August 21, 2012. Comparison of numbers of women on the most popular social media sites.
- Robin Wilson (22 October 2012). “Scholarly Publishing’s Gender Gap”. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Women’s Media Center Report Finds Women Still Underrepresented, Misrepresented in U.S. Media, Women’s Media Center, February 19, 2014
- See also overview Amanda Hess (19 February 2014). “Women Are Scarce in Journalism, Film, and TV, and the Numbers Aren’t Budging”. The XX Factor. Slate.
Interesting blog and other articles
- “Fannie”, “DoubleX” Writer: No Sexism in Wikipedia, Fannie’s Room blog, February 16, 2011. Commentary on Heather Mac Donald‘s article Wikipedia is Male Dominated. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Sexist, Slate magazine, February 9, 2011
- Mallary Jean Tenore, Why women don’t contribute to opinion pages as often as men & what we can do about it, Poynter Institute, February 25, 2011
- Lola “PR”, Why women and wikis do mix…, personal blog, March 6, 2011 (Note:Slight advertising delay.)
- Karen Rustad, “Suck It Up, Princess”: Outreach and Diversity in FOSS Communities, Karen Rustad website, May 13, 2011
- Elizabeth Laferriere, The Online Gender Gap: Why Don’t More Women Participate in Online Forums?, Mic.com, November 28, 2011
- Margaret Robertson, In which I don’t try to write like a man, personal web site, December 13, 2011
- Tom Morris, News Flash: Sexism in geek communities demeans everyone, TomMorris.org, March 23, 2012
- Gregory Kohs, Women editors growing scarce at Wikipedia, Wikipediocracy, May 16, 2012
- Nathalie Collida and friends, Wikipedia: Men and children first, Wikipediocracy, January 22, 2013
- Adrienne Wadewitz, Wikipedia is pushing the boundaries of scholarly practice but the gender gap must be addressed, London School of Economics and Politicial Science blog, April 9, 2013
- Nathalie Collida and Andreas Kolbe, Wikipedia’s culture of sexism, Wikipediocracy, April 29, 2013
- Kate Dries (6 June 2014). “There’s a Battle Going on Over the Wikipedia Page for #YesAllWomen”. Jezebel. See also Wikipedia article “YesAllWomen“.
- Zuleyk Zevallos, Sexism on Wikipedia: Why the #YesAllWomen Edits Matter, personal blog, June 8, 2014
- Andreas Kolbe with Nathalie Collida, “Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia: Thoughts on the Online Encyclopedia’s Gender Imbalance,” Wikipediocracy, August 26, 2014
Misogyny and internet harassment
- Sumana Harihareswara, “Hospitality, Jerks, and What I Learned”, Opening keynote address at Wiki Conference USA, May 30, 2014, in New York City. (inludes audio recording)
- Violet Blue, “Quora’s misogyny problem: A cautionary tale”, ZDNet, June 22, 2014. Quote: “Sites that care can educate their admins and mods about online harassment, on detecting racist and sexist language, on conflict resolution and conflict diffusion, target and non-target status, and backhanded attacks (aka ‘poisoning the well’).”
- Maeve Duggan, “Online Harassment”, Pew Research Internet Project, October 22, 2014. Survey by the Pew Research Center. (See Slate review below.)
- Amanda Hess, “On the Internet, Men Are Called Names. Women Are Stalked and Sexually Harassed”. Slate, Oct. 22 2014. “Women are significantly more likely than men to report being stalked or sexually harassed on the internet” while men receive more physical threats. (Review of Pew Research Internet Project survey.)
- Anne-Sophie Brändlin, “Five campaigns against sexual harassment that you should know”, Deutsche Welle, October 31, 2014. Viral online video campaigns against sexual harassment.
Policy and legal considerations
- “Harassment”, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Description of offensive conduct regarded as employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).
- “Sexual Harassment that Creates a Hostile Work Environment”, The Advocates for Human Rights, 15 April 2007. International considerations, links to research and country-specific standards.
- Lori MacVittie, “Is Social Media a Hostile Work Environment?”, DevCentral, April 29, 2009. The dangers of making interaction with social media an “official” part of someone’s job role.
- “Volunteer May Sue Nonprofits For Harassment Under Title VII”, Nonprofit Issues. Don Kramer’s “An electronic newsletter of ‘Nonprofit Law You Need To Know'” review of Volling v. Antioch Rescue Squad, involving a woman volunteer for two nonprofit emergency ambulance services.
- Tamiya N. Wilkes, “Volunteer Firefighter Stated a Claim for Hostile Work Environment Based on Racial Harassment”, Attorneys At Law Semmes, November 2009. Review of Pernell Hammond v. Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company involving a volunteer firefighter and hostile work environment based on race.
- “Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines”, Mozilla, January 7, 2013. “Inclusion and Diversity Program” (how to report problems), expected interaction style, and the “Conductors group” for training people to communicate.
- Eugene Volokh, “Freedom of Speech in Cyberspace from the Listener’s Perspective” U Chicago Legal Forum 377, 414-21, 1996. A collection of examples–mostly excerpts from published law review articles–of how workplace harassment law is increasingly being applied to areas outside of the workplace: “public accommodations” like libraries, restaurants, bookstores, and online services.
- Ellen Simon, “Gender Based Profanity Constitutes Sexual Harassment” Employee Rights Post, January 27, 2010. Review of Reeves v. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. “A constant flow of profanity in the workplace can constitute sexual harassment and gender discrimination” regardless of whether it is addressed to anyone directly.
- Nondiscrimination policy, Wikimedia Foundation.