For Women’s History Month in March Bard Graduate Center will host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to address the lack of entries on wikipedia about contributions by women to the fields of decorative arts, architecture, graphic design, textile design, material culture studies, and anthropology. The event, which will take place on Saturday, March 17 from 1-4 pm in the Bard Graduate Center library, is designed to improve coverage of gender, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, and refreshments. No prior wikipedia experience required but we do encourage attendees to bring a laptop if possible.
In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as women. This lack of inclusive participation has led to an alarming gap of content in the world’s most popular online research tool. Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to gender, feminism and art related subjects on Wikipedia. From coffee shops and community centers to the largest museums and universities in the world, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia. Since 2014, Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving over 11,000 articles.
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