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Feminists Plan Mass Edit of 'Very Masculine' Wikipedia

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Monday, 03 Feb 2014 09:04 AM

By Elliot Jager

Feminists groups at several U.S. colleges are attempting to "close the gender gap" at the online free encyclopedia Wikipedia by organizing a mass edit to make changes and add information to the site, according to The Daily Caller.

The feminists say that women comprise only 9 percent of all Wikipedia editors and that the overall aesthetic of the site is "very masculine," The Daily Dot also reported back in January.

"The average Wikipedia editor is a well-educated white male. Well-educated white males have been writing history and the story of the world since ancient times," Sarah Stierch, a Wikipedia contributor and researcher with the Wikipedia Foundation, told the Daily Dot.

To help transform the site, feminist groups are calling for a "Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon" next week, hoping to rally women across the country to do their part in giving a feminist voice to the site.

Among some 15 institutions participating in the effort to transform Wikipedia are the University of Texas, University of Iowa, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A few of the schools have previously offered college credit to students who "write feminist thinking" into select Wikipedia articles, Campus Reform also reported.

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