2017 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon follow-up!

Participants in this year’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at Gleeson Library

Earlier this month, Gleeson Library partnered with the Art+Architecture department and Professor Paula Birnbaum’s Museum Studies class to participate in the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon.  At this year’s event — the third annual one we’ve held at Gleeson — we talked about the gender gap on Wikipedia, we searched for information about women artists in various library resources (like this one), and we incrementally added to, edited, and/or fixed formatting in several Wikipedia articles (Lorna Dee Cervantes, Jennifer Angus, and Anita Magsaysay-Ho to name just a few).  USF editors were in good company: other local and international libraries, museums, and organizations participated in the Art+Feminism Edit-A-Thon which ran throughout this year’s Women’s History Month, with many satellite events falling on or near International Women’s Day. As we head into April, Women’s History Month is coming to a close, but efforts to improve representation on Wikipedia will hopefully continue far beyond this designated month, and necessarily so. As one Edit-A-Thon participant was overheard commenting: “I could definitely see myself editing Wikipedia in my spare time.” Reflecting upon the Edit-A-Thon, another participant wrote that the lack of representation of women and their accomplishments on a widely used site like Wikipedia affects “women across all spheres.” “Being a part of this day allowed my peers and I to actively fight for the future of our careers.” To these two participants, and all of the new and continuing editors who helped improve Wikipedia at this year’s Edit-A-Thon — many thanks!

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