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Wikipedia: 2018 EDIT-A-THON

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


2018 Event Statistics

Thank you to everyone who participated in 2018!

  • 10 editors: who created 1 new article and edited 14 existing articles
  • People who stopped by to support the event but were not able to edit

Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon

March 15, 2018

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM,  PST

Library Classroom #100G

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


Please create a Wikipedia account for yourself in advance.

Info here:

Optional: Join us to track your participation

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:

Other Ways to Contribute



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 

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 female artists and designers. 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.

Why We Edit

Wikipedia 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.

Pie chart for gender of Wikipedia editors: 90% male, 9% female, and 1% transsexual or transgender

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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.

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.

Of 590 major exhibitions by nearly 70 institutions in the U.S. from 2007–2013, only 27% were devoted to women artists.

ArtReview’s 2016 Power 100 list of the “most influential people in the contemporary art world” was 32% women, 70% white, and 51% European.

Only 27 women (out of 318 artists) are represented in the 9th edition of H.W. Janson’s survey, History of Art—up from zero in the 1980s.

From the 16–19th centuries, women were barred from studying the nude model, which formed the basis for academic training and representation.8

Though women earn half of the MFAs granted in the U.S., only 30% of artists represented by commercial galleries are women. In Australia, the ratio is 75% to 40%.

Women 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.

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.

Only five women made the list of the top 100 artists by cumulative auction value between 2011-2016.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, which sold for $44.4 million in 2014, is nearly twice the price of the second most expensive work by a female artist, Louise Bourgeois’s Spider, which sold for $28.2 million in 2015.   Though it doesn’t come close to the top two world auction records held, naturally, by male artists: Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi sold in 2017 for $450.3 million, shattering the previous record of $179.4 million for Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger in 2015. 12, 13

Venice Biennale: The 2009 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.

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.

Features ,

Taking the Measure of Sexism: Facts, Figures, and Fixes from ArtNews


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