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. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, 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.
Let’s change that. Join us at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building at The Museum of Modern Art, 4 West 54 Street, on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. Bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. Childcare requires advanced RSVP; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the first names and number of children requiring care, their ages, and what time you plan on attending. Women, women-identified, and male allies welcomed.
The tools of change are in your hands. We encourage you to address Wikipedia’s gender gap by organizing satellite edit-a-thons over International Women’s Day weekend, March 7-8, 2014. Confirmed satellite edit-a-thon hosts include: Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston; F/LAT, Brussels, Belgium; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Canadian Women’s Art History Initiative, Concordia University and Eastern Bloc, Montreal; Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, with many more in development. There are funds available for satellite events for childcare, refreshments, and travel grants. Those interested in organizing a satellite event are encouraged to contact us via email at email@example.com.
Organized by Siân Evans/Art Libraries Society of North America’s Women and Art Special Interest Group, Dorothy Howard, Jacqueline Mabey/failed projects, and Michael Mandiberg, with support from POWarts and The Museum of Modern Art.