Why working on women’s sport articles on Wikipedia matters
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/tunisian-olympic-medalists-draw-radicals-ire-amid-debate-over-role-of-islam-women/2012/08/14/1470389e-e621-11e1-9739-eef99c5fb285_story.html is one of several articles about female Tunisian Olympic medalists who are now being targeted by extremists in their own country. Articles about women really, really matter for sport. Sport is often one of the most visible ways to highlight and discuss problems in a country and the sporting community discusses it loudly. Against what framework have rights for women in Saudi Arabia been discussed recently? In sport. It drives the narrative for women’s rights around the globe.
This is one of the reasons why I work on articles about women’s sports. It allows for addressing systematic bias by highlighting these issues on a global level. It connects to civil rights, health issues, education issues, family issues, etc. It is a way to understand culture. And dang it, it feels really good to improve articles about women in those areas. We don’t hear about Sudanese feminists, but we might hear about Sudanese athletes. We don’t hear about Cambodian women being abused sexually, but we might hear about Cambodian sport women. Beyond that, it is an area where it is easy to find allies of all genders to get involved because sport is often a shared experience, where there is enough commonality that people can connect with despite those gender differences.