It's a Man's Wikipedia? Assessing Gender Inequality in an Online Encyclopedia

Authors

  • Claudia Wagner GESIS and University of Koblenz
  • David Garcia ETH Zürich
  • Mohsen Jadidi GESIS
  • Markus Strohmaier GESIS and University of Koblenz

Keywords:

wikipedia, gender inequalities, text mining, network analysis, encyclopedia

Abstract

Wikipedia is a community-created encyclopedia that contains information about notable people from different countries, epochs and disciplines and aims to document the world's knowledge from a neutral point of view. However, the narrow diversity of the Wikipedia editor community has the potential to introduce systemic biases such as gender biases into the content of Wikipedia. In this paper we aim to tackle a sub problem of this larger challenge by presenting and applying a computational method for assessing gender bias on Wikipedia along multiple dimensions. We find that while women on Wikipedia are covered and featured well in many Wikipedia language editions, the way women are portrayed starkly differs from the way men are portrayed. We hope our work contributes to increasing awareness about gender biases online, and in particular to raising attention to the different levels in which gender biases can manifest themselves on the web.

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Published

2021-08-03

How to Cite

Wagner, C., Garcia, D., Jadidi, M., & Strohmaier, M. (2021). It’s a Man’s Wikipedia? Assessing Gender Inequality in an Online Encyclopedia. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 9(1), 454-463. Retrieved from https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/ICWSM/article/view/14628