In 2011, a survey found that more than 90% of contributors on Wikipedia were men. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of representation from cis and transgender women as well as non-binary folks.
Let’s change that.
Join us at the Pilkington Library, on 28 March, anytime between 1 pm and 5 pm for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries.
Come along to learn how to edit on Wikipedia’s global database and play a part in socially-just knowledge production. You can work individually or as a group with others, and you can focus on the figures that suit your interests. We will have online and print resources available to consult at the library, as well as some suggested pages ready for editing if there is not a particular person you want to work on. Bring your laptop or use the ones available at the library.
In preparation for the main edit-a-thon, two sessions in smaller groups (10-12 persons) will be organized on 14 March from 7pm to 9pm and on 21 March from 2pm to 4pm. We will discuss subjects related to feminism and knowledge production such as algorithms and bias, visibility/invisibility for artists & activists or unpaid immaterial labour. These are meant as preparation sessions for the main editing event on the 28th, but you can come along to as many or as few sessions as you want. Attending a preparation session is not necessary in order to join the drop-in session on the 28th.
RSVP to attend one session or both:
We invite people of all gender identities and expressions to participate.
If you wish, you can create a Wikipedia account before the event. You can learn how to do that here:https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:CreateAccount&returnto=Main+Page
Event organised by members of the Centre for Doctoral Training: Feminism, Sexual Politics and Visual Culture in collaboration with the Pilkington Library and LU Arts.