This summer, I stumbled across a very interesting project: An attempt to ensure that all the women represented in Judy Chicago's landmark piece The Dinner Party (1974-79) are represented on Wikipedia.
This is no small feat - the piece names 1,038 women (39 at the table place settings, and 999 on the floor). According to Alexandra Thom at the Brooklyn Museum in her blog post Writing Women Back Into History,
"[...]while most of the women included in The Dinner Party are represented, many of them did not have articles of their own (92 of the 999 women named on the Heritage Floor did not). Of those articles that did exist, a significant number qualified as “stubs,” or very short articles in need of expansion and better citation (190 of the 909 articles met this criteria)."
Thom's post describes the challenges of writing these women into Wikipedia (with a nod to the ever-timely Linda Nochlin essay, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?").
This project is relevant to many of the points that Adrianne Wadewitz has been making here on HASTAC, and her work to demystify the Wikipedia editing process, as well as the work of #dhpoco and others trying to edit women and minorities into Wikipedia. It would be great to stage an art history focused write-in like #toofew or #gwwi -- maybe planning events that focused on a single discipline would encourage broader participation within those fields (although possible smaller participation overall for each write-in). What do you think?
You can also read more about the Dinner Party Project in Thom's post, Ending the Ongoing Cycle of Omission.