Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon



Eva Papamargariti

If it’s true that the winners always write history, then it’s also true that those with power always write culture. The perfect example for this statement is a 2011 survey made by the Wikimedia Foundation that revealed that only 10% of its contributors identify as female. It isn’t quite clear why the gender gap is so wide; some have suggested that it is due to leisure inequality, probably meaning that women do not have time to produce online contents. Another suggestion relates to how gender socialization has influenced public comportment, indirectly limiting female participation. But those are probably not the only reasons why men appear to be those in charge of updating the much popular platform. If the causes of such disparity are indeed uncertain, the consequences are not. The content we have access to are indeed lacking of female contribution and participation, revealing once again an imbalance between the voices. As a symbolic yet practical agency of change, the ICA is hosting a communal updating of Wikipedia inviting everyone –men, female, transgender, cis-gender and gender non-conforming women- to contribute by updating entries on topics related to art and feminism.