Built by Women is a social and educational initiative, celebrating women’s contributions to the built environment. Last fall, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) launched a public competition called Built by Women New York...
When the activists behind the national Art+Feminism campaign browsed through art categories on Wikipedia, they found thousands of detailed pages dedicated to male artists. As they continued reading, they all shared the same thought: Where were the women?
Feminist Wikipedians set up shop in the Allen Library research commons at 8:30 a.m. on Valentine’s Day with donuts, coffee, and a lot of laptops. “I Love to You” was a Wikipedia edit-a-thon focused on the lack of women editors and feminist perspectives on the website.
Wikipedia is a paradox and a miracle—a crowdsourced encyclopedia that has become the default destination for nonessential information. That it has survived almost 15 years and remained the top Google result for a vast number of searches is a testament to the impressive vision of founder Jimmy Wales and the devotion of its tens of thousands of volunteer editors.
Stephen Colbert once joked about how easily Wikipedia could be edited and how quickly those edits could become fact, said Elaine Zundl, dean at the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering. But despite Wikipedia’s reputation, many issues are fought via the game of edits and articles, including that of feminism.
If a Wikipedia page is the new threshold for notoriety, there are a lot of Canadian female artists who are flying under the radar. Volunteers at the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon are aiming to change that in honour of…
Last week, the Internet finally ate itself: A Wikipedia article misreported that a Wikipedia disciplinary case centered around Gamergate had concluded with the scandalous banning of feminist editors, even though the case hadn’t finished and nobody had been banned. Yet by the rules of Wikipedia, the page was correct. Scandal...
Wikipedia, the online publicly-editable encyclopedia, has issued a restriction on editing to certain users over alleged harassment and violation of civility while editing the "Gamergate controversy" article.
Over the past several months, groups of students, artists, and activists have been participating in Wikipedia " write-ins " or " edit-a-thons " at schools and museums all over the globe, volunteering to create new Wikipedia pages for women artists that have been largely erased from the popular art historical canon. Like nearly all secondary historical sources, Wikipedia is disproportionately written by and about men. The "edit-a-thon" is an attempt to correct history, which, through continuous neglect, has been arguably the most powerful tool used to suppress women’s advancement. I spent last spring in Italy researching Renaissance and Baroque female artists whose work I had not been exposed to as an art student in the United States. When I returned to Baltimore, I learned that The Walters is actually home to some of these artists' paintings.
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