Art + Feminism Edit-A-Thon Adds Over 300 Wikipedia Pages on Female Artists

Camille Henrot. Photo: Courtesy Galerie Kamel Mennour.

Last weekend, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the Art + Feminism campaign held a series of meetups around the world. In New York, over 200 volunteers congregated at the Museum of Modern Art for an all-day event to create Wikipedia entries about female artists.

This year’s Art + Feminism Edit-a-Thon boasted 70 events in 17 counties on four continents. 334 new articles about female artists, curators, patrons, and art collectives were added—a momentous achievement, especially when compared to last year’s 101 additions.

Who got an entry this year? A slew of accomplished women who should have had entries already (in some instances, years ago), including Elise Forrest Harleston, Amy Marie Sacker, Janet Payne Bowles, Lisl Steiner, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Kali, Betty G. Miller, Camille Henrot (see When Massimiliano Gioni Met Camille Henrot: A New Museum Dinner Tale), Sarah McEneaney, Kyle DeWoody, Jennie C. Jones, and the Heresies Collective.

The event was organized by Siân Evan, Jacqueline Mabey, Dorothy Howard and Michael Mandiberg, in collaboration with POWarts and MoMA (see We Asked 20 Women “Is the Art World Biased?” Here’s What They Said).

The day also included training sessions for those new to writing and editing on Wikipedia (a 2011 survey by the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10 percent of contributors identified as female). Of the 200 participants at MoMA, surprisingly, there were almost as many men present as women.

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