I'm issuing the July Women's Challenge - can we get 90 extra FPPs by women in one month?
What's the goal?
More posts by women.
Do posts have to be about "women's issues"?
Nope. Great posts on any subject.
Why do this?
Women post to the front page proportionally less often, and I want to see if we can shift that. By my calculations (1
), only about 8% (lowballed because women don't identify themselves always on profiles) of FPPs are made by women. This is much lower than the number of self-reported women on Metafilter, and lower than the percentage of women commenting.
Some women have mentioned not posting due to concern about posting on contentious issues, posting as a visible woman on a public site, and not being confident in what will make for a good FPP.
To address some of those concerns, I've started a closed glassboard board just for this month, where women who might be apprehensive about posting can get feedback from other women on their post drafts - MefiMail me for an invite.