2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
SAVE THE DATE | The 2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will take place at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building at The Museum of Modern Art on Saturday, March 5, 2016. We invite people of all gender identities and expressions, particularly trans- and cis-gendered women, to gather for an all-day, communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, childcare, and refreshments.
GET INVOLVED | Last year, over 1500 participants at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and more than 75 node events around the world participated in the second annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, resulting in the creation of nearly 400 new pages and significant improvements to 500 articles on Wikipedia. Let's double those results in 2016! Want to volunteer? Not in New York and want to organize an event? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and get involved.
WHY | Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate; suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the sometimes-contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
WHO | The 2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is organized by Art+Feminism, led by Siân Evans/Art Libraries Society of North America’s Women and Art Special Interest Group, Jacqueline Mabey/failed projects, and Michael Mandiberg, in collaboration with the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts (POWarts) and The Museum of Modern Art.