Help us storm Wikipedia!
We've all had the experience of reading a page on Wikipedia and thinking, "Huh? That's not right? How could they say that about this person / that project / this moment in history?" Wikipedia is not a magical machine that pulls information from various sources and aggregates the data. It's edited. By people. And less than 15% of those people are women. And many folks do not think that's a problem - when we first announced this project, there was some hateful pushback - read more at Moya Bailey's blog.
To encourage better entries by (and on) feminists and people of color, we're organizing an event with several in-person locations, and a virtual component. We encourage all feminists to join this event on Friday, March 15!
This event is part of the celebration of Women’s History Month and WikiWomen’s History Month. We don't expect that the scales will shift overnight, but if we begin learning how to join Wikipedia, edit various pages, and form alliances amongst ourselves, we can help build a better Wiki for the benefit of all.
Because we need more Feminists Engaging Wikipedia, our project is called #tooFEW.
If you can't physically attend to one of the edit-a-thon parties, please consider just jumping in, editing entries and following on the Twitter conversations using the hashtag: #tooFEW. (You could also organize a small pod of local folks in your own area!)
We will be live editing wikipedia on Friday, March 15th from 11am - 3pm EST.
How to get involved in the #tooFEW Edit-a-Thon:
1. Generate Wikipedia entries that we should edit or improve. Add your ideas to the working list here, or in the comments below. You can find 'stub' articles -- those which have been marked as needing further information -- by searching various categories. Here are the subs marked in feminism,
2. Sign up for a wikipedia account (we recommend using a pseudonym.)
3. Watch this video to learn just how to edit Wikipedia. Be sure to set aside some time for this video, it’s an hour long, and we recommend clicking on FLASH – it tends to play better that way. (Although, we will provide editing help at the edit-a-thon, if you don’t have time to do this.)
4. Don't want to write? Add images to feminist articles. Here is the image use policy for Wikipedia.
4. Track and tweet the hashdag #tooFEW.
5. Join us on Friday, March 15th from your own computer!
Or - Join us in person at:
3) Duke University: We will be working in person at the Franklin Humanities Insititute Conference Room, Bay 4, C-107, Smith Warehouse from 1pm-3pm.The event is sponsored by HASTAC and the Duke PhD lab. Anyone in the local area is encouraged to attend.
4) JustPublics@365 at the Graduate Center of CUNY. 11am-3pm EST. 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6304.01. Anyone welcome - just need a photo ID for entrance to the building.
Expand the project:
- Students – Do they need extra credit? Can this be a class project? Are you learning about some really cool people in POC/Trans*/Queer/Women’s History that don’t have wiki pages or have pages with bad information? You can fix it!
- Friends – Do you know other folks who should know about this? Please spread this information to activists you know, faculty, etc. Everyone is welcome!
- Organizations – These edit-a-thons work best with lots of folks working on specific things. Do you know organizations who have information on different communities, histories, projects who should be added to Wikipedia?
- Too swamped and don’t want to login to Wikipedia but would like to contribute? Add your idea to this Google doc.
Further info on Women in Wikipedia:
- Unlocking the Clubhouse: Five ways to encourage women to edit Wikipedia
- Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia’s Contributor List
- Where Are the Women in Wikipedia?
- Wikipedia(EN) Signpost Issue on Gender Gap
- Top 10 Reasons to Encourage more Women Participation in Wikipedia
- Nine Reasons Women Don’t Edit Wikipedia (in their own words)
- Gender Gap Manifesto
We look forward to seeing you on Wikipedia and the hashtag #tooFEW!