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Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented: in a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13 percent of its contributors are women.
The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages.
The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not.
Content is skewed by the lack of women participating. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia. This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
Join the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
The Wattis Institute will host one of many satellite Art+ Feminism edit-a-thons taking place on the same day in conjunction with the primary event organized by Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York.
We invite you to help address the absence of women contributors. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and light refreshments.
For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.