Help Wikipedia Better Represent Women and the Arts

Posted on 10/19/2020 12:57:05 PM

All faculty and staff members and students are invited to participate in IUP’s fourth annual Interdisciplinary Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an online event, Thursday, October 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At last year’s event, 91 editors made 228 edits to 73 articles in Wikipedia, adding more than 12,000 words to help improve representation of women and the arts across disciplines. In addition, student-participants got to practice digital literacy skills, collaboration, and critical thinking. This year’s event will emphasize topics related to language and literature.

Wikipedia’s gender gap, attributed to the lack of non-male editors participating in the encyclopedia’s production, is well-documented. A 2011 survey found that less than 10 percent of Wikipedia editors identify as women, and less than 1 percent as transgender. Only 17 percent of all biographical articles on Wikipedia focus on women.

This event is a critical response to Wikipedia’s gender gap. It invites the IUP community to help improve coverage of subjects related to women’s representation, art, language, literature, and other under-represented topics.

Register to create a Wikipedia account and participate in Thursday’s Edit-a-thon. For additional information, contact Matt Vetter at mvetter@iup.edu.