Over 100 Women Artists Added to Wikipedia in One International Event [with slideshow]


CC BY-SA MICHAEL MANDIBERG via ARTnews

CC BY-SA MICHAEL MANDIBERG via ARTnews

Wikipedia is dominated by men, when it comes to both contributors and subject matter. That’s why a group of about 600 volunteers around the globe participated in the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon earlier this month. The aim was to increase as many women/art-related pages as possible with the result being over 100 new entries with around 80 more pages being “enhanced.”

They had answered a call for the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, a massive multinational effort to correct a persistent bias in Wikipedia, which is disproportionally written by and about men.

The event, whose epicenter was the New York art and technology center Eyebeam, is part of a larger movement, only now reaching the art world, to upload content to Wikipedia in a proactive manner. [ARTNews]

The volunteers were working with groups from 6 to 150 in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, and Italy in “nonprofits and art schools, in museums and universities.”

The Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon was an international initiative to bring women’s voices to the online encyclopedia–as editors and as subjects.

Check out the work of some of the women artists added to Wikipedia:

* Story and images via ARTNews.


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