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Author: Courtney Johnston, Director

Wikipedia contributors make a list of '18 Badass Women You Probably Didn’t Hear About In 2014'. Could you be a 2015 badass?

Raewyn Atkinson, 'A Southern Landscape', 1998. Collection of The Dowse. Atkinson is one of our Wikipedia artists.

Raewyn Atkinson, 'A Southern Landscape', 1998. Collection of The Dowse. Atkinson is one of our Wikipedia artists.

UPDATE - ART + FEMINISM WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON SCHEDULED AT THE DOWSE

On Saturday 7 March we are holding a free all-day event for people who want to help improve the presence of women artists* on Wikipedia. The day offers something for everyone, from a simple introduction for people brand-new to Wikipedia through to a friendly communal space for experienced contributors to hang out for the day. Find out more and RSVP here.

*This is not an exclusive event. Although our edit-a-thon is  part of the international Art+Feminism event, we welcome anyone who wants to learn more about editing Wikipedia, and any Wikipedia contributors willing to share their skills with newbies.

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The fourth item on Buzzfeed's new list of '18 Badass Women You Probably Didn’t Hear About In 2014' is 'The 600 volunteers who added 101 female artists to Wikipedia.'

The volunteers took part in a Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon spread over 31 venues, aimed at correcting a persistent bias in Wikipedia, which is disproportional both in its coverage of women and its contributor community.

I guess we're doing our bit at The Dowse to bring more balance to Wikipedia right now. To start with, we're three women ourselves: Bridget and Mackenzie, our Wikipedia researchers for summer, and me (I've not been able to resist getting hands-on with the project, and I've learned a tremendous amount already). And then, all three of us are committed to making sure female artists are well represented in the project: so far the biographies we've added are roughly 50/50 male and female artists. We've also widened our focus beyond individual artists and are looking at important collectives, such as the Pacific Sisters, which will also help in this area.

We are currently contemplating running a Edit-a-Thon of our own focused on New Zealand artists and art history, probably in mid-late January next year. We'll keep you posted!

 

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