Volunteer editors around the world are joining forces to tackle what they say is a bias found in articles on Wikipedia, which skews the website’s vast amount of content toward men.
In a 2011 survey, Wikipedia found that fewer than 13 percent of its contributors were female. In 2014 a group of artists held the inaugural Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, gathering people to assist the editing process, and create and edit pages for significant women in the arts.
Last year, more than 1,500 participants at over 75 events created close to 400 new pages and updated 500 Wikipedia articles.
Anyone can participate, and volunteers will help anyone not familiar with the Wikipedia editing process to get up to speed. The events are scheduled over the next week leading up to International Women’s Day.
Pittsburgh will hold two Edit-A-Thon events, to create or improve the Wikipedia pages of women in the arts who have Pittsburgh connections. The first event will be Friday at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. More information is available at their Wikipedia page. On the list of women’s pages to be edited or updated are author Laurie Jo Reynolds, and artists Vanessa German and Angela Ellsworth.
The second Pittsburgh Edit-A-Thon will be March 5 at the Frick Fine Arts Library on the University of Pittsburgh campus. On the list are philanthropist Helen Clay Frick, artist Jane Haskell, photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier and and Mary Cardwell Dawson, founding director of the National Negro Opera Company.
The project is supported in part by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund.
For more information and to register, visit the Art + Feminism Pittsburgh Eventbrite page.