Wikipedia wants women

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

Women, Wikipedia wants you.

At the organization's annual conference over the weekend -- called Wikimania -- founder Jimmy Wales said 90% of contributors are male and he wants to recruit more women in the next year.

"The main thing is to bring in people of all different backgrounds," Wales told The Independent newspaper. "If you do that, you increase the knowledge base of the site."

As of July, there were nearly 36,000 active English-language "wikipedians." Wales said the average contributor is a 26-year-old "geeky" man.

At the conference in Haifa, Israel, Wales said he wants to double that number within a year and bring the gender disparity more into balance, according to the paper.

One of the areas lacking from the online encyclopedia's estimated 3.7 million articles, Wales said, is biographies of famous women through history.


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