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Wikipedia: EDIT-A-THON

How to use Wikipedia in your research as well as how to contribute to it.

2020 Virtual Event

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Us on Zoom

What to Edit

Art  + Feminism     Art + Activism

 #artandfeminism      #noweditingAF      #AF7

Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia experience not required. We will teach you what you need to know!

Please Join Us:

  1. Register for the event
  2. Create a Wikipedia account for yourself in advance.
  3. Optional: Track your participation

If you encounter an Account Creation block, join our event and click the Request an account button.

Event details:

  • Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
  • Time: 2 pm - 7 pm
  • Host / Location: Online
  • Organizers: Otis College of Art and Design - Library
  • Who should attend: People of all gender identities and expressions. Please ask your fellow attendees for their pronouns of choice!
  • Hashtags:  #artandfeminism    #noweditingAF    #AF7
  • ALSO: Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Safe Space Policy

If you cannot attend our event, consider going to these:

What is an Edit-a-thon?

An Edit-a-thon is a community organized event that aims to teach folks how to edit, update, and add articles on Wikipedia. These events take place year-round at museums, coffee shops, colleges, and community centers.

Art and Feminism (stylized as Art+Feminism) is an annual worldwide edit-a-thon to add content to Wikipedia about gender non-binary people, cis and trans women, the arts, and feminism. The project has been described as "a massive multinational effort to correct a persistent bias in Wikipedia, which is disproportionately written by and about men."

Art+Feminism's annual campaign attract thousands of volunteers at hundreds of separate events internationally.

Conflicts of Interest

Q: Is it a conflict of interest to work on entries of people affiliated to Otis College because we are hosting the event?

A: Maybe. Please refer to the guidelines below.

From the Plain and simple conflict of interest guide:

  • Be transparent about your conflict of interest.

  • Do not edit articles about yourself, your family or friends, your organization, your clients, or your competitors.

  • Post suggestions and sources on the article's talk page, or in your user space.

  • The role of editors is to summarize, inform, and reference, not promote, whitewash, or sell.

  • Subjects require significant coverage in independent reliable sources.

  • State facts and statistics; don't be vague or general.

  • Take time to get sources and policy right.

  • Get neutral, uninvolved, disinterested editors to review your suggestions.

  • Respect the volunteer community's time and avoid making protracted or repeated requests.

You may work on any entry in Wikipedia, though we hope it will be one related to Art+Feminism.

If you have a conflict of interest or want to continue contributing to Wikipedia after this event, these lists compile articles on people that are who are under-represented on Wikipedia:

Wikipedia Notability Guidelines

On Wikipedia, notability is a test used by editors to decide whether a given topic warrants its own article.

Information on Wikipedia must be verifiable; if no reliable third-party sources can be found on a topic, then it should not have a separate article. Wikipedia's concept of notability applies this basic standard to avoid indiscriminate inclusion of topics. Article and list topics must be notable, or "worthy of notice". Determining notability does not necessarily depend on things such as fame, importance, or popularity—although those may enhance the acceptability of a subject that meets the guidelines explained below.

A topic is presumed to merit an article if:

  1. It meets either the general notability guideline below, or the criteria outlined in a subject-specific guideline listed in the box on the right; and
  2. It is not excluded under the What Wikipedia is not policy.

This is not a guarantee that a topic will necessarily be handled as a separate, stand-alone page. Editors may use their discretion to merge or group two or more related topics into a single article. These guidelines only outline how suitable a topic is for its own article or list. They do not limit the content of an article or list.

Click here for more information on Wikipedia's policies regarding notability 

Entries that Need Work

Pages to Improve:

Event Focus:

Other Ways to Contribute



Research Databases

Check out the Feminist Research guide at the Getty Research Institute.

To search across print, subscription, and Web-archived material from museum libraries in New York, try NYARC Discovery (some results will be full text).

Why We Edit

Chart showing gender across Wikimedia project contributors in 2018, wieghted: 90% male, 9% female, 1% otherWikipedia is the 5th most popular website in the world.

Wikimedia’s gender bias is well-documented. It is among the most frequent criticisms of Wikipedia, and part of a more general criticism about systemic bias in Wikipedia. Wikipedia has fewer and less extensive articles about women or topics important to women. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, agrees with these criticisms and has made an ongoing attempt to increase female editorship of Wikipedia.

Read More about Gender Bias on Wikipedia

Chart by EGalvez (WMF) - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Facts about Women and the Arts

From the National Museum of Women in the Arts

  • 51% of visual artists today are women; on average, they earn 81¢ for every dollar made by male artists. (National Endowment for the Arts
  • Work by women artists makes up only 3–5% of major permanent collections in the U.S. and Europe, and 34% in Australian state museums. (Judy Chicago for the GuardianCountess Report)
  • A recent data survey of the permanent collections of 18 prominent art museums in the U.S. found that out of over 10,000 artists, 87% are male, and 85% are white. (MIT Technology Review)
  • Of 590 major exhibitions by nearly 70 institutions in the U.S. from 2007–2013, only 27% were devoted to women artists. (The Art Newspaper)
  • ArtReview’s 2018 Power 100 list of the “most influential people in the contemporary art world” was 40% women—though this is an improvement from 2017 (38%) and 2016 (32%). (Art Review)
  • As of the first half of 2018, there were only 5 women on Artnet’s list of the 100 best-selling artists at auction. The number of women on this list has fluctuated between just 2 and 6 since 2013. (Artnet Intelligence Report)
  • There are no women in the top 0.03% of the auction market, where 41% of the profit is concentrated. Overall, 96.1% of artworks sold at auction are by male artists. (Bocart et al., Glass Ceilings in the Art Market
  • The most expensive work sold by a woman artist at auction, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, sold in 2014 for $44.4 million—over four hundred million dollars less than the auction record for a male artist: Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which sold in 2017 for $450.3 million, shattering the previous record of $179.4 million for a work by Picasso. (Artnet News, New York Times)
  • The record for the most expensive work by a living woman artist at auction was set in 2018 by Jenny Saville, whose painting Propped (1992) sold for $12.4 million. This sum is still dwarfed, of course, by the record for a living male artist, also set in 2018: a David Hockney painting that sold for $90.3 million. At the same sale where Saville made history, less than 10% of the rest of the works for sale were by women artists.
  • From the 16–19th centuries, women were barred from studying the nude model, which formed the basis for academic training and representation. (Women, Art, and Society)
  • Women earn 70% of Bachelors of Fine Arts and 65–75% of Masters of Fine Arts in the U.S., though only 46% of working artists (across all arts disciplines) are women. 
  • Only 27 women (out of 318 artists) are represented in the 9th edition of H.W. Janson’s survey, Basic History of Western Art—up from zero in the 1980s.
  • The 2009 Venice Biennale edition featured 43% women; in 2013, it dropped to 26%. In 2015, it was 33%, and in 2017 was 35%. No major international exhibition of contemporary art has achieved gender parity. (ARTnews, Artsy
  • The top three museums in the world, the British Museum (est. 1753), the Louvre (est. 1793), and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (est. 1870) have never had female directors.
  • Women still lag behind men in directorships held at museums with budgets over $15 million, holding 30% of art museum director positions and earning 75¢ for every dollar earned by male directors. (Association of Art Museum Directors)
  • The good news is that, while in 2005, women ran 32% of the museums in the United States, they now run 47.6%—albeit mainly the ones with the smallest budgets. (Association of Art Museum Directors)

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