Some New Gender Gaps/Gender Disparities
1. Wikipedia - The NY Times reports that "
And Sue Gardner, executive director of Wikimedia/Wikipedia, "Has set a goal to raise the share of female contributors to 25 percent by 2015, but she is running up against the traditions of the computer world and an obsessive fact-loving realm that is dominated by men and, some say, uncomfortable for women."
2. National Geographic Bee - GW law professor Jonathan Turley reports that Minot State University professor emeritus Eric Clausen has been battling the National Geographic Society (NGS) in federal court over his claims that the national contest discriminates against girls because virtually no girls have won the national title, and because he was subject to retaliation from the National Geographic Society when he complained about the gender disparities in state winners and national finalists.
According to Professor Clausen only 2 out of the state winners in 2009 were girls and only one girl advanced to the national finals in 2010. Clausen also claims that the “NGS knows and has known since the Geographic Bee competitions began that the contests do not provide girls with an equal opportunity to participate in the higher-level competitions.”
Take a daily National Geographic Quiz here, at "apprentice" or "expert" level, quiz changes daily. See if you can detect any gender bias.
MP: Maybe it's all of the boys who have won the National Geographic Bee contests over the years who grow up and become Wikipedia contributors. According to one way of thinking, perfect, statistical gender parity is always the ultimate goal for all outcomes, competitions, contests, job choices, wages, etc. whether it's Wikipedia entries or winners of the Geographic Bee. Except of course for those outcomes for which women are over-represented like for earning associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees, see previous CD posts on the selective concern for sex imbalances here, here, here, here, and here.