Why a TV Show Sponsored a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Paramount Network's American Woman hopes to change perspectives

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Female entrepreneurship. Second-wave feminism. Women who broke the glass ceiling in industries far and wide. Odds are the Wikipedia entries for these topics were written and edited by men. In fact, only about 16 percent of contributors in the U.S. are female (that’s a top-end estimate; the numbers are much lower internationally).

But what happens when 65 women come together to begin fixing this striking imbalance? The female entrepreneurship page now displays the harsh reality that, “Due to lack of funding for women in new businesses, many women founders have had to hire or create fake male profiles to act as co-founders, executives, or the face of their businesses to make progress.”




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This story first appeared in the May 28, 2018, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.