101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week

Last Saturday, about 600 volunteers in 31 venues around the globe engaged in a collective effort to change the world, one Wikipedia entry at a time.

In the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, in nonprofits and art schools, in museums and universities, these people—mostly women—set out to write entries, uncredited and unpaid, for the fast-growing crowd-sourced online encyclopedia.

Editors working around the resource table, Wikipedia Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon, at Eyebeam in New York City. PHOTO: MICHAEL MANDIBERG

Editors at the resource table during the Wikipedia Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon at Eyebeam in Chelsea. CC BY-SA MICHAEL MANDIBERG

They had answered a call for the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, a massive multinational effort to correct a persistent bias in Wikipedia, which is disproportionally written by and about men.

The event, whose epicenter was the New York art and technology center Eyebeam, is part of a larger movement, only now reaching the art world, to upload content to Wikipedia in a proactive manner.

See the full article at ARTnews at http://www.artnews.com/2014/02/06/art-and-feminism-wikipedia-editathon-creates-pages-for-women-artists/

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