Wikipedia is about to get a whole lot more social justice-y. Feminist covens at liberal institutions across the country are gathering with a singular mission in mind, and that mission is to correct the record on Wikipedia and scrub away the grimy fingerprints of the patriarchy.
“Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented,” proclaimed an Edit-a-thon organizer at Oberlin College. “In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10 percent of its contributors identify as women. This represents an alarming absence in an important repository of shared knowledge.”
This lack of female editors, the group insists, has resulted in a systemic anti-woman bias on Wikipedia. That’s why the Edit-a-thon events are targeting college-aged girls and encouraging them to contribute their burgeoning knowledge of “art and feminism” to the encyclopedia site.
Edit-a-thons are nothing new; in fact, Wikipedia even has an article dedicated to the phenomenon, which defines it as “an organized event where editors of online communities… edit and improve a specific topic or type of content, typically including basic editing training for new editors.”
In fact, it looks as if the page has already gotten its feminist touch-up: “Women and African Americans and the LGBT community are using edit-a-thons as a way of bridging the gap in Wikipedia’s sexual and racial makeup,” the page notes, citing a questionable source that appears to have pulled the notion out of thin air.
Here’s a Wikipedia-related event at the Museum of Modern Art, if you can stomach it: