Art+Feminism is a Wikimedia Project that builds a community of activists that is committed to closing information gaps related to gender, feminism, and the arts, beginning with Wikipedia.

Art+Feminism envisions an internet that reflects diverse global histories of art-making, where communities that have most often been written out of history feel welcome and empowered to participate in writing (and righting) our stories. 

In the vast expanse of information that is the internet, there’s a glaring imbalance—one that distorts history, silences voices, and skews representation. Wikipedia, the tenth-most-visited site globally, harbors a significant gender gap in its contributors. 

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. In the 2010 UNU-MERIT Survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female; more recent research 2013 Benjamin Mako Hill survey points to 16% globally and 22% in the US. The data relative to trans and non-binary editors is basically non-existent. 

A pie chart showing that only 9% of Wikipedia Editors were female in 2018

In 2018 only 9% of Wikipedia Contributors were female. Contributors in 2018
EGalvez (WMF) – Own work CC BA 4.0

Further, data analysis tools and computational linguistics studies have concluded that Wikipedia has fewer and less extensive articles on women; those same tools have shown gender biases in biographical articles.

That’s a big problem. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: gaps in participation create gaps in content. 

When cis and trans women, non-binary people, Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities are not represented in the writing and editing on the tenth-most-visited site in the world, information about people like us gets skewed and misrepresented. The stories get mistold. We lose out on real history. That’s why the Art+Feminsim campaign exists: to change it.

By becoming an editor on Wikipedia, you can help to close the gap. 

This January, we invite you to join this transformative movement. All month long we will be holding a communal effort to update and create Wikipedia articles focusing on Irish Female Artists. The Art+Feminism Ireland Editahon will take place online, so you can edit whenever and wherever suits you. Whether you’re a seasoned editor or a beginner, you can get involved! We are happy to equip you with tutorials, content to edit, and support to help you contribute your voice to this crucial campaign. Find out more and get involved here.

Keep an eye on our social media where we will be showcasing Female Irish Artists from all disciplines, sharing ideas for Wikipedia editing, and posting about upcoming Art+Feminism events! Follow along on Social media on our Mastodon, Instagram, Facebook, and Bluesky.

Portrait of Irish Artist Beatrice Elvery by William Orpen. She wears an elaborate hat and her red hair and pale skin contrasts with a dark background

Portrait of Irish Artist Beatrice Elvery by William Orpen, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

This isn’t just about editing; it’s about reshaping the digital landscape to reflect the richness of diverse global histories, particularly those often overlooked or marginalized. It’s about building a community of activists dedicated to ensuring that everyone’s story finds its place in this vast repository of knowledge.

Together, let’s pave the way for a more inclusive, equitable, and accurate representation of our shared history.

Feminist Author Anna Livia Julian Brawn photograph taken in Nedlands, Western Australia in the 1970’s
Photographs by JarrahTree via Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.5 au

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