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.
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.
As part of the 2024 campaign, Wikimedia Community Ireland is collaborating with Art+Feminism to form a powerful alliance aimed at rewriting this narrative.
JOIN OUR ONLINE EDITATHON FOR ART+FEMINISM
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 woman artists connected to the island of Ireland. By Women, we mean any person who identifies as a woman. By artists, we mean from all disciplines! You are invited to edit pages about musicians, playwrights, authors, actors, craftspeople, poets, fashion designers, photographers, etc.
The Editathon 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.
Since 2014, over 20,000 people at more than 1,500 events around the world have participated in our edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of more than 100,000 articles on Wikipedia and its sister projects.
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 on this vast repository of knowledge.
Together, let’s pave the way for a more inclusive, equitable, and accurate representation of our shared history.
Let’s rewrite history, one edit at a time.
ART+FEMINISM IRELAND 2024: HOW TO GET INVOLVED
-Vist the event dashboard to create an account.
- If you have a Wikipedia account already, when you click on the “Log in” button, you will be taken to Wikipedia to log in, then OAuth will ask for permission for the Dashboard to interact with pages using your account. Accept this and once you’ve logged in you are taken back to the Dashboard.
- Find a page to edit or create a new page (Keep an eye out on our social media if you need some ideas!)
- Edit or make improvements to articles that already exist
- Fix gender bias in articles
- Create new biographical articles
- Update Sources, citations, and references
- Fix grammar or typos
- Follow along on Social media and use the hashtag #EditingAF to connect with the international community of editors! Check out our Mastodon, Instagram, Facebook, and Bluesky.
If you are new to editing you can check out the Art+Feminism Guide to editing.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to us info(at)wikimedia.ie . We are always happy to assist you or answer any questions you may have!