Feminists at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, are gearing up for its annual Wikipedia “Edit-a-Thon.” According to the event description, it will focus on editing pages for “women and non-binary artists of color.”
According to a report from Campus Reform , the University of Nevada at Las Vegas has scheduled another Wikipedia “Edit-a-Thon” event. For the uninitiated, “Edit-a-Thon” events are gatherings where activists come together to edit Wikipedia pages in a way that is favorable to their cause.
In a description for the event, the university states that the event will be focused on editing the pages of women and non-binary artists of color.
The UNLV University Libraries and Department of Art are hosting an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focused on women and non-binary artists of color on Wednesday, March 27 from 2-5 p.m. in the Amargosa Room at Lied Library.
The edit-a-thon is an event where you can quickly help expand the world’s most popular online research tool. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to participate. It’s a great way to do your part to close the gender gap, acquire new skills, and improve Wikipedia!
In March 2017, Breitbart News reported that organizations at Oberlin College, Bucknell University, and Temple University had hosted similar events. At the time, organizers of the Oberlin event argued that feminist “Edit-a-Thon” events are necessary because less than 10 percent of Wikipedia contributors are women.
“Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as women,” a group at Oberlin College claimed in 2017, “This represents an alarming absence in an important repository of shared knowledge.”
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