Wikipedia:Meetup/Portland/Feminist and Queer Art

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Feminist and Queer Art
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
When and Where
AddressIndependent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC)
1001 SE Division
City, StatePortland, Oregon (97202)

Please join us for a Feminist and Queer Art Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, to be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from noon–4pm at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), located at 1001 SE Division (97202). Prior Wikipedia editing is not required; assistance will be available the day of the event. Attendees should bring their own laptops and power cords. RSVP by signing your username below and/or joining the Facebook event page.


Wikipedia's gender trouble is well documented. In a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia's talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia. This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

ArtAndFeminism, New York City

In February 2014, an ArtAndFeminism edit-athon was organized at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City. More than 30 satellite events were organized in Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. The campaign attracted an estimated 600 participants, resulting in more than 100 new Wikipedia articles focused on women and the arts. An event was held in Portland, Oregon, and a follow-up feminist art edit-a-thon was organized in April 2014.

In the past few years, organized groups on Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia Foundation project-spaces have sought to increase the quality and scope of public domain information and media relating to the LGBT community. Wiki Loves Pride is a global campaign to expand and improve LGBT-related content across several Wikimedia projects. The activities of Wiki Loves Pride are focused on June and October, traditionally the months when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities around the world celebrate LGBT culture and history. The inaugural campaign (2014) saw participation in a dozen cities, including Portland (see the edit-a-thon and photo project pages), in six countries.


ArtAndFeminism, Portland (2014)

No Wikipedia editing experience necessary; as needed throughout the event, tutoring will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend. If you are unfamiliar with Wikipedia, you might try this training module which will help explain a lot of things, including how to add your signature. Attendees should bring their own laptops and power cords.


The following is a sampling of suggested articles to create or add upon. However, feel free to come up with your own ideas!

In addition to the suggestions below, editors may consider cleaning up articles on more well-known artists and works. Helpful updates could be as simple as: making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional; adding new inline citations/references; adding a photo; adding an infobox; adding data to more fields in an existing infobox; creating headings; adding categories; etc. Editors may also choose to focus on women in design, performing arts, music, architecture, philosophy, politics, etc.


Event participants
Feminist and Queer Art Edit-a-thon
Feminist and Queer Art Edit-a-thon

To RSVP, sign your username below by clicking the "Edit" link, typing "~~~~", then clicking the "Save page" button. Also, consider adding your username here if you wish to remain informed about future events.


Please share the results of your work here!

I'd guess close to 30 people attended, mostly female. Thrilled to see another successful event in this series of feminist art edit-a-thons. Much thanks for Sarah for securing the venue and for hosting! Also, much thanks to a couple participants who were visiting from the Seattle area. Looking forward to the next meetup and to continued discussions about Wikimedia Cascadia. ----Another Believer (Talk) 16:01, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

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