Thanks Asaf, it is quite interesting.
I have a couple of questions and one comment:
- why is Italian wikipedia missing? Is there a problem with wikidata links?
- is this kind of analysis possible also to the average user?

The comment is about measuring such ratio in other similar products
(encyclopedia, books with biographies etc) to see how wel we fare
compared to others.


2016-06-16 21:14 GMT+02:00 Asaf Bartov <>:
> Hullo everyone.
> I was asked by a volunteer for help getting stats on the gender gap in
> content on a certain Wikipedia, and came up with simple Wikidata Query
> Service[1] queries that pulled the total number of articles on a given
> Wikipedia about men and about women, to calculate *the proportion of
> articles about women out of all articles about humans*.
> Then I was curious about how that wiki compared to other wikis, so I ran
> the queries on a bunch of languages, and gathered the results into a table,
> here:
> (please see the *caveat* there.)
> I don't have time to fully write-up everything I find interesting in those
> results, but I will quickly point out the following:
> 1. The Nepali statistic is simply astonishing! There must be a story
> there.  I'm keen on learning more about this, if anyone can shed light.
> 2. Evidently, ~13%-17% seems like a robust average of the proportion of
> articles about women among all biographies.
> 3. among the top 10 largest wikis, Japanese is the least imbalanced.  Good
> job, Japanese Wikipedians!  I wonder if you have a good sense of what
> drives this relatively better balance. (my instinctive guess is pop culture
> coverage.)
> 4. among the top 10 largest wikis, Russian is the most imbalanced.
> 5. I intend to re-generate these stats every two months or so, to
> eventually have some sense of trends and changes.
> 6. Your efforts, particularly on small-to-medium wikis, can really make a
> dent in these numbers!  For example, it seems I am personally
> responsible[2] for almost 1% of the coverage of women on Hebrew Wikipedia!
> :)
> 7. I encourage you to share these numbers with your communities.  Perhaps
> you'd like to overtake the wiki just above yours? :)
> 8. I'm happy to add additional languages to the table, by request.  Or you
> can do it yourself, too. :)
>    A.
> [1]
> [2] Yay #100wikidays :)
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