Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented: in a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation, with more articles on notable women absent on Wikipedia in comparison to Encyclopedia Britannica. This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
We invite you to help address this absence at a Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday, February 1, 2014. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and light refreshments. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. A closing reception may follow the edit sprint.
Please also sign up for free at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminism#Washington_DC_Meetup_at_National_Museum_of_Women_in_the_Arts .
What to Bring: Attendees should bring their own laptops and power cords.
Twitter Hashtag: #ArtAndFeminism
The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary; as needed throughout the event, tutoring will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend.