Despite being open to anyone to edit, Wikipedia has been criticized for its gender gap. To help remedy this, Postcolonial Digital Humanities is organizing a Global Women Write-In (#GWWI) on Wikipedia all-day tomorrow on March 18!
Why Global Women?
If you’ve ever tried doing a Wikipedia search for important women theorists around the world, you might be surprised to note how short the entries are, particularly on their work and their ideas (for example: Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Gayatri Spivak, bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldua, Vandana Shiva, andSara Ahmed). Many important women of color, such as Oyeronke Oyewumi, lack entries or stubs in Wikipedia. Additionally, coverage of international events involving women is brief or nonexistent (for example: the 1929 Aba Women’s Riots in Nigeria; Domitila Barrios de Chúngara; and Angkatan Wanita Sedar or “Force of Awakened Women,” an important feminist group in Malaysian history).
These gaps in Wikipedia’s knowledge base are striking and important, especially since Wikipedia is now the most commonly referenced encyclopedia globally. These gaps–particularly the gender gap–have been subject to study. According to the Wikimedia Wikipedia’s Editor’s Survey of 2011, “If there is a typical Wikipedia editor, he has a college degree, is 30-years-old, is computer savvy but not necessarily a programmer, doesn’t actually spend much time playing games, and lives in US or Europe.”
Join us virtually by doing your work during our edit-a-thon. If you’re on Twitter, send out a Tweet that includes the hashtag #GWWI to let us know you’re out there.
We’ll be live editing around the world all day, Tuesday March 18!
Join us in person at one of the following:
- Emory University-From 10 am to 12 noon EST in the commons area on the first floor of the Woodruff Library (outside of Jazzman’s Café) on Tuesday, March 18. The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship will be providing loaned laptops and iPads, but participants are welcome to bring their own devices to use.
- Columbia University–11am-1pm EST, Studio@Butler (208 Butler Library)
- Texas State University--All day at theWriting Center (10 AM-7 PM CST), but at Noon CST there will be lunch and snacks.
Or organize your own node! Be sure to add your Wikipedia username to the meetup page here.
Other Useful Resources
Find resources on the Postcolonial Digital Humanities Rewriting Wikipedia Project here. Resources include how to edit Wikipedia pages so that they are “sticky,” and reports on earlier Global Women Write-Ins. Also find more suggestions on making strong Wikipedia edits here, and a guide to organizing your own Wikipedia edit-a-thon here on ProfHacker.
Remember to tweet your progress using the hashtag #GWWI! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.