Art+Feminism is a rhizomatic campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship. In 2014, its four founding organizers (Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg and Laurel Ptak) held the first Art+Feminism edit-a-thon in collaboration with a number of artists, scholars, curators, librarians, and Wikipedians. Since then, the event has grown: last year 1500 people at 75 locations around the world created or improved hundreds of articles.
This year Pittsburgh will join this global movement for the first time, with two events, at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Frick Fine Arts Library.
Learn more about Art+Feminism on Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is a vast and influential resource—the English-language version has over 5 million articles—yet only about 13% of its editors are women. Not surprisingly then, its content often conforms to men’s perspectives and interests; for example, only 16% of Wikipedia’s biographical articles are about women. In response to this, systematic bias several projects have been undertaken.
In response, women and allies have launched initiatives editors such as WikiProject Women, which aims to improve coverage of women’s topics. In order to support such initiatives over the long term, it is important to build editorship among women. Over time, as in any field, greater female participation will help make knowledge resources more gender-equal.
Learn more about gender bias on Wikipedia.