Vancouver 2015 Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon to address gender imbalance

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      Did you know that a 2011 Wikipedia survey revealed that only nine percent of its editors are female?

      To address this massive imbalance within one of the most popular sources of online information, Art+Feminism held its first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon last year to increase and improve coverage of women and the arts, and to boost female editorship.

      The main event is being held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on March 7. However, several satellite events are being held around the world—including in Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands, France, Canada, and the U.S.A.—for International Women's Day weekend.

      Vancouverites can offer their contributions to articles about female artistic, female artistic movements, and feminist scholarship and studies. It's also a chance to learn how to edit Wikipedia if you didn't know how.

      Although one information was already held on March 2, another Edit-a-thon information session will be held today (March 3) at 7 p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery library (750 Hornby Street).

      Vancouver Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons will be held at two different venues.

      Emily Carr University will hold sessions on March 6 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and March 7 (1 to 5 p.m.) at the Emily Carr University library (south building, 1400 Johnston Street).

      The University of British Columbia will hold sessions on March 7 and 8 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at Buchanan B202/B204 at its Point Grey campus. Demonstration sessions will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

      No Wikipedia editing experience is required as tutoring will be available. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend. Computers are available for use or you can bring your own laptops.

      The event is free but to RSVP, sign your Wikipedia username on this page, which also has further information about the event.



      Silver Orland

      Mar 4, 2015 at 3:41pm

      Wikipedia- the free online encyclopedia.

      A center for unbiased, neutral, non-offensive data. The last thing we need is for feminists to compromise yet another form of free expression. Knowledge is not a political theatre, no one group may hoard or alter knowledge. This happened in Italy, Russia, Germany, and Spain- but in the 21st century, Fascism finally fell!

      Information must be free!

      Avoid political censorship and Feminist control of information.

      Juan Arevalo

      Mar 4, 2015 at 7:09pm

      Just when you thought feminists couldn't get more petty. This whole thing is stupid.

      Juan Arevalo

      Mar 4, 2015 at 7:09pm

      Just when you thought feminists couldn't get more petty. This whole thing is stupid.


      Mar 4, 2015 at 11:41pm

      Is the goal of this Lilith Fair Light to make up important female artists? Or rather to delete information about important male artists, to create a balance for the sake of balance..?