WikiWomenCamp/FAQ/Perspectives/United Kingdom

United Kingdom edit

The Chapter

At the present, there are no women on the board of Wikimedia UK. Panyd is a chapter volunteer who has specifically been working on women's outreach in the United Kingdom. Some of this outreach has been done at Geek Girl Dinners. Panyd has been attempting to connect with other women around the world to try to help them do similar out reach to women at Geek Girl events. Wikimedia UK has members putting together a bid to host Wikimania. This bid group has at least one female volunteer.


In December 2011, there were 135,340 women of all ages from United Kingdom who were interested in Wikipedia on Facebook.[1] In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikipedia was ranked the 9th most popular site in the country.[2] In the period between November 2010 and October 2011, 5.6% of all Wikipedia traffic was from this country.[3] Panyd is also involved in administering Did you knows, and is an administrator on English Wikipedia.

Articles on English Wikipedia

In the period between December 25, 2010 and December 25, 2011, the top 150 pages on English were recorded. Of these, 23 were biographies about women. Fourteen of these were about Americans, six were about Brits, one was about a Russian, one about someone from Barbados, and one about someone from Trinidad and Tobago.

Article Visits/Hour Class From Total edits from top contributor Location of top contributor Gender of top contributor
Amy_Winehouse 1664 B United Kingdom 570 United States Unknown
Lady_Gaga 1236 GA United States 653 India Male
Adele_(singer) 1025 C United Kingdom 263 United States Unknown
Selena_Gomez 959 C United States 316 Unknown Unknown
Kim_Kardashian 836 B United States 136 Canada Female
Elizabeth_II 809 GA United Kingdom 565 Unknown Unknown
Nicki_Minaj 807 C Trindad and Tobago 116 Unknown Unknown
Rihanna 779 B Barbados 643 Unknown Unknown
Elizabeth_Taylor 764 B United Kingdom 126 United States Unknown
Mila_Kunis 670 B Russia 116 United States Male
Kate_Middleton 664 B United Kingdom 123 Unknown Unknown
Katy_Perry 616 GA United States 243 Philippines Unknown
Natalie_Portman 589 GA United States 136 Unknown Unknown
Jennifer_Lopez 580 B United States 472 Unknown Unknown
Rebecca_Black 574 B United States 66 Unknown Unknown
Britney_Spears 512 GA United States 648 Unknown Unknown
Miley_Cyrus 505 B United States 466 Unknown Unknown
Angelina_Jolie 492 FA United States 260 Germany Unknown
Beyoncé_Knowles 485 GA United States 671 Unknown Unknown
Death_of_Caylee_Anthony 469 B United States 337 United States Female
Diana,_Princess_of_Wales 462 B United Kingdom 168 United Kingdom Unknown
Taylor_Swift 429 C United States 129 United States Male
Jennifer_Aniston 428 B United States 202 United States Male

On English Wikipedia, there are 18 articles about UK roller derby leagues. Netball is one of the most popular women's participation sports in former and current Commonwealth countries. There are two categories and three articles about netball in England. There is one article about netball in Northern Ireland. There is one category and three articles about netball in Scotland. There is one category and three articles about netball in Wales. There are three articles about women's basketball teams in the UK.

Top visited UK female-related content is not being primarily supported by British women.

On English Wikipedia, there are articles about United Kingdom women that have been assessed as Good Articles, including the article about English footballer Katie Chapman, English tennis player Laura Robson, English cricket Izzy Westbury and Welsh cricketer Steph Davies.


In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikinews was ranked the 34,819th most popular site in the country.[4] On Portuguese Wikinews, there are no women active from this country. This may be a result of several factors, including the language and because Portuguese Wikinews only has an active editing community of five people, one of whom is a woman. There are no female British administrators on wikinews, nor are there any British women who are wikinews accredited reporters. A December 2011 search on Spanish Wikinews for Reino Unido mujeres found 33 articles that mentioned both words.[5] A December 2011 search on Portuguese Wikinews for mulheres Reino Unido found 21 articles that mentioned both words.[6]


In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikibooks was ranked the 3,365th most popular site in the country.[7]


On English Wiktionary, there are two male bureaucrats from the United Kingdom but no female bureaucrats from the country.[8]


There has been one woman from the United Kingdom has been active and visible on English Wikiversity.


There are 3 categories and 8 pictures of women's association football and 4 pictures of the women's national cricket team.

Other projects

There is at least one male bureaucrat from the United Kingdom on MediaWiki.Org. There does not appear to be a British female who holds a similar position.[9]

The Foundation

During the 2011 Summer of Research, the WMF hired eight research fellows. Of these, only one was female, and she was from the United States. There were four males from American universities, The other researchers included men from a Japanese university, a Swiss university and a Canadian university. There were no research fellows, male or female, from this country.