Mills College to Host Art + Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Oakland, CA—March 23, 2018

F. W. Olin LibraryWikipedia’s gender imbalance is well-documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this inequality is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female and non-binary participation. This lack of inclusive participation has led to an alarming gap of content in the world’s most popular online research tool. Prompting a mission for change, Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons started as informal gatherings in 2011 and have grown to 500 events worldwide where more than 7,000 volunteers have helped edit over 11,000 Wikipedia articles.

On Friday, March 30 Mills College hosts Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. The Mills College Art Museum, in partnership with the F. W. Olin Library, and Rebekah Edward’s Queer Encyclopedia class, invite people of all gender identities and expressions to participate, edit, and add to the visibility of women and queer-identifying artists on Wikipedia. The program includes a digital code-switch lounge, as well as curated video and sound programs presented by current Art+Process+Ideas artist-in-residence Indira Allegra, and our content partners, Canyon Cinema, and Mills College Center for Contemporary Music. The inclusion on artistic content underscores the important contributions women and non-binary artists have made to the history and evolution of art.

The event is co-presented with Art+Feminism, a group founded in 2014 as a grassroots initiative run by artists, activists and programmers. Their goal is to improve the representation of women on Wikipedia and foster the editing community.

Pre-registration is required. New editors are encouraged to create a Wikipedia account. Editors are asked to bring their laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation.

Art + Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Friday, March 30, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
F. W. Olin Library
Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd.