Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon gives women artists their digital due this weekend at the MoMA.
This Saturday, one tech-savvy group is hoping to correct a major gender imbalance on the internet. After the recent, much publicized GamerGate controversy, in which several female developers and cultural critics were victims of a “sustained campaign of misogynistic attacks” and advanced trolling, this help is certainly needed. The Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, currently in its second year, is an all-day mass update of Wikipedia entries pertaining to art and women, meant to increase female involvement with, and coverage on, the predominantly male website. Wikipedia’s problems with gender distribution are legendary, and a 2011 survey by the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 8.5% of contributors were female. This has led (by default) to a paucity of entries on seminal women—especially in the arts. To help rectify this, on March 7th, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will turn the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building into mission control for a vast international effort to help promote, create, and edit articles on female artists and movements. At last year’s event, participants at 31 locations created more than 100 new articles and added content to another 90. This year’s Edit-a-thon, falling conveniently on International Women’s Day weekend (March 7-8, 2015), will incorporate 55+ satellite events internationally, taking place simultaneously at the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands, the Dowse Art Museum in New Zealand, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. and many others.