Stapleton Library, in collaboration with Women and Gender Studies and the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, hosted an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon March 8, from 10:00am to 1:00pm, in 201 Stabley.
This 3-hour event improved coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship.
IUP volunteers edited 15 articles. There were 74 total edits committed by 24 different editors.
The edit-a-thon included an introductory talk, tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, and refreshments.
In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. This lack of female participation has led to an alarming dearth of content about women and art 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 art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia. Since 2014, over 280 Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the work, creating and improving an estimated 4,600 articles.