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An Annual Feminist Editing Session Takes on Wikipedia’s Gender Problem

For the past five years, a room full of laptop-lugging feminists has staged an “Edit-a-thon” to broaden the Free Encyclopedia.

The 2016 Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon at MoMA (via Wikimedia)

Wikipedia has a long-standing gender problem. Ten years ago, the site’s editing team was astonishingly skewed along gender lines: just 13% of contributors identified as women. In the years since, those statistics seem to have changed very little. Wikipedia set itself a modest goal of 25% by 2015, but still failed to meet it.

Given that Wikipedia is one of the world’s most-visited websites — and a frequent first source for those reading about art and artists — this has serious consequences for the people, places, and ideas represented on the site. So, for the past five years, a room full of laptop-lugging feminists convened by Art+Feminism has staged an “Edit-a-thon,” in which volunteers of all gender identities write and revise entries with an eye toward broadening the Free Encyclopedia.

This year, the Edit-a-thon kicks off at the Museum of Modern Art on the morning of Saturday, March 3. After free coffee and pastries, Caroline Sinders, an artist and design researcher, will moderate a conversation with Mozilla’s Sydette Harry, the journalist Sarah Jaffe, and artist Salome Asega. The event will feature several sessions of editing training, as well as a gallery exploration and discussions. Guests can stay for under an hour or for the entire day, and are encouraged to lend their knowledge to areas of special expertise. According to the MoMA website, RSVPs are encouraged.

Participants at the 2017 Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon, hosted by MOMA (via Wikimedia)

When: Saturday, March 3, 10am-5pm.
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown Manhattan)

More info at the Museum of Modern Art.

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