Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. The data relative to trans and non-binary editors is basically non-existent. That’s a big problem. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: gaps in participation create gaps in content. Let’s change that.
Join us at the LADA Study room, on Thursday 5 March 2020 from 11am to 4pm for an all-day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to gender, feminism, and the arts. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, refreshments, and free internet access. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creating. Children are welcome and we can support those attending with kids – please get in touch with LADA to let us know your needs.
Please feel free to come for the whole day, or to drop in for an hour or two. We will run an introduction to editing session at 11.15am and 2pm, but will be on hand to support and help you get started whatever time you arrive.
We invite people of all gender identities and expressions to participate.
Please create a Wikipedia account before the event.
This day is organised by Clare Qualmann and LADA as part of the Art+Feminism wikipedia editing project for International Women’s Day.