The Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon, hosted by the Art and Museum Library and Information Student Society allowed people to add or improve Wikipedia articles on women in art. Tuesday’s edit-a-thon took place in the Sloane Art Library of Hanes Art Center.
The movement began last year and this year’s Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon took place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on March 7, the day before International Women’s Day. With over 1,500 participants in more than 17 countries, the event resulted in the creation of 400 new Wikipedia pages and the revision of 500 existing articles.
A 2011 Wikimedia survey found that less than 13 percent of its contributors are female, which has translated to a gender bias in Wikipedia articles according to Heather Gendron, the head of the Sloane Art Library.
“You would think with this whole new tool out there to document our history, that we would have learned that women’s voices need to be heard and their history documented,” Gendron said.