Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Image of woman calling others to edit

Wright State University Libraries and the Wright State University Women’s Center will host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, taking place on Wednesday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Millett Hall Atrium.

This half-day event is designed to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship. The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, and refreshments. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, with a special welcome to transgender and cisgender women.

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. This lack of female participation has led to an alarming dearth of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool. Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia. Since 2014, over 280 Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving an estimated 4,600 articles.

Please note: because there is a limit to how many new Wikipedia accounts can be created in one day at the same IP address, participants are strongly encouraged to create their new Wikipedia accounts (if they don’t already have one) prior to coming to the event. If you are unable to do this prior to March 11, we will be happy to help you set up your account on the day.

This event is free and open to everyone, faculty, staff, students, and the general campus community.

Questions? Contact:  Maureen Barry (Maureen.barry@wright.edu, 775-3515)

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2 Responses to Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

  1. Karla Huebner says:

    Just noticed this. Next time please let the Art and Art History Dept know so we can join in! I think this is the second year of the edit-a-thon so I would guess there will be another next year.

    • maureen says:

      As far as we know, this was the first edit-a-thon of its kind on our campus. We do intend to co-host other such events in the future, so we will be in touch with more details.

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