While there are a lot of girlbosses out there (we have one!), there is still a gender gap in many industries, the struggle for equal pay is (very) real and there are areas of the media and art world where women are not properly represented. One campaign looking to tackle a specific avenue of coverage for women is Art+Feminism, and they鈥檙e doing so digitally.


The campaign鈥檚 primary purpose is to improve the coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia while also encouraging female editorship as both avenues are, sadly, inadequately represented. The group was established by Si芒n Evans, Dorothy Howard, Jacqueline Mabey and Michael Mandiberg after a 2011 Wikipedia Editors Study was released highlighting how few female editors there were working on the collaborative encyclopedia (a small 8.5%). So they founded the organization to tackle that issue while simultaneously promoting feminism and art. Sounds like a win, win鈥 win!


This year, Art+Feminism will be holding its second annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Museum of Modern Art this Saturday, March 7. No worries if you鈥檙e not in New York, as there will be more than 70 additional satellite locations over International Women鈥檚 Day weekend (March 6-8) for attendees to create and edit articles about female artists, feminist art scholarship and feminist art movements. At last year鈥檚 event, more than 600 participants in 31 locations from six countries created around 100 new female-focused articles and improved more than 90 pages on Wikipedia. Now that鈥檚 girl power!


Event organizers Si芒n and Jacqueline elaborated on Edit-a-thon鈥檚 mission when speaking with Observer: 鈥淢any other popular sites pull in content from Wikipedia, including Google search. So it is important to improve Wikipedia鈥檚 gender bias because absences there are the ones that really matter.鈥


Ready to get your edit on but unsure how? Art+Feminism has you covered with its Wikipedia editing tutorial + workshops. You know we鈥檙e all about a good tutorial ;)

Will you participate in the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon? Let us know in the comments.

(h/t Observer + Dazed, photos via Art+Feminism, Jacqueline Mabey + Wikipedia)