From our Swindon Correspondent:
From the Toronto Star
Sarah Severson, a librarian at the University of Alberta and a member of the board for Wikimedia Foundation, said that the lack of diversity trickles to the content on the site, because it’s volunteer-based, so editors will work on pages that they are interested in.
“You see really long articles on Dungeons and Dragons characters, and you see an independent female artist having a small article,” Severson said.
“You don’t know what’s missing unless you have diversity within the editor forces,” she continued. “When you have an editorial community that’s all North American white men they’re just going to see different things.”
In the absence of sexist men telling the ladies to go back to their kitchens, we have to conclude that in general, men and women are different. And yes, that “general” means that some women want to be giant nerds, and we should welcome and encourage that as much as we do men. But it also means that you aren’t going to get equivalence of outcomes across the sexes.