“What will people think of us when they look back and find that in 2017, Wikipedia only had 16.97 percent of its biographies about women? They’ll say ‘shame on them,’” said Wikimedia-DC’s Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight at NDI, Wikimedia-DC and the Women’s Media Center’s first joint edit-a-thon. Wikipedia is the main online encyclopedia of our digital age. Openly sourced from the public, one might expect a nearly equal rate of women’s representation on Wikipedia—but it’s not even close. As Stephenson-Goodknight noted, only 17 percent of biographies on Wikipedia’s English site are of women, and it’s an even lower number on most of the site’s other 295 languages.
Tamara Rasamny is the Project Assistant for Government Relations and Communications. She has a background in International Relations and Digital Journalism, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa region and intercultural communications. Aside from NDI, Tamara has worked with the Near East Foundation and Human Rights Watch. She has also written for Lebanon's Daily Star and Executive Magazine.