YOU ARE INVITED!
When: Saturday, 7 March 2015
What: improving Wikipedia’s coverage of women in art (and increasing the number of contributors who identify as female)
Where: everywhere (and at many locations where workshops are being held)
Why: Very few of the contributors to Wikipedia identify as female. Are women excluding themselves, or are we trying to ignore our gender? In either case, there is a great deal of improvement in the number of women contributing to Wikipedia and the number of women whose achievements are documented therein.
Here are a few articles to whet your interest:
“Mass Wikipedia Edit to Make the Internet Less Sexist” by Laura Feinstein
“101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week” by Robin Cembalest (about the effect of last year’s Edit-a-Thon)
“MoMA to Host Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon to Repair Art World Gender Imbalance” by Brianna McGurran
BUT what if I can’t make it to a workshop or get online on Saturday?
All right, folks. I am four hours’ distance from the nearest Edit-A-Thon meetup. Gainful employment also eats up most of that day. That is not going to stop me!
I used this as the kick in the pants that finally got me to create a Wikipedia account and get started. I have merely added or corrected some citations so far, but it is a start. The Art+Feminism website has some solid tutorials to get us started.