But just because anyone can edit Wikipedia’s articles doesn’t mean everyone does. In response to a 2011 survey revealing that less than 13 percent of Wikipedia contributors identify as female, New York City activists hosed the first Art+Feminism Edit-A-Thon last February at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. This campaign led to the creation of over 100 new pages about women in art. This weekend, Edit-A-Thons will take place all over the world (and online, of course) to correct, expand, and create articles for Wikipedia’s much-neglected female artists.
In the East Bay, artist and UC Berkeley professor Jill Miller and student Anna Carey will co-host a public Edit-A-Thon in the Berkeley Center for New Media Commons this Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, featuring training sessions throughout the day and refreshments. “Wikipedia is a reflection of our reality and our collective knowledge, and it’s important that it be accurate,” said Carey, who lamented that “you can Google more obscure [women] artists and there might just be one paragraph, whereas for a well-known artist or a male artist there will be entire sections.” The California College of the Arts in Oakland will host their own Edit-A-Thon on the same day, from 2 to 6 p.m. No prior experience necessary – just bring your laptop and get ready to change the world, one Wikipedia page at a time.