Of the over 135,000 active editors on the site, surveys indicate that only 8.5% to 16% are female. In 2018, Wikimedia disclosed that only 17.67% of over 1.5 million biographies on the site are about women. The issue has been getting attention recently because even when female editors do contribute to the site, their work is often heavily edited—or pages written about women are flagged for removal by their male counterparts.
This weekend, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, the group Art + Feminism will be hosting its second international edit-a-thon, with the goal of improving Wikipedia’s coverage of women and the arts and encouraging more women to contribute to the online encyclopedia.
The flagship event, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Saturday, will feature half-hour tutorials throughout the day. There will also be satellite sessions at more than 70 sites worldwide, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.