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Location(s)70 venues in 17 countries (2015)
Years active7
InauguratedFebruary 1, 2014 (2014-02-01)
Most recentMarch 2020 (2020-03)
Attendance1,300 (2015)
Organized bySiân Evans
Jacqueline Mabey
Michael Mandiberg
Laurel Ptak

Art and Feminism (stylized as Art+Feminism) is an annual worldwide edit-a-thon to add content to Wikipedia about female artists. The project, founded by Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg, and Laurel Ptak,[1] has been described as "a massive multinational effort to correct a persistent bias in Wikipedia, which is disproportionately written by and about men".[2]

In 2014, Art+Feminism's inaugural campaign attracted 600 volunteers at 30 separate events.[1][2] The following year, 1,300 volunteers attended 70 events in 17 countries, on four continents.[1] More than 18,000 people have created or improved approximately 84,000 Wikipedia articles at 1,260 events globally, as of 2020.[3]


Siân Evans, McKensie Mack, Michael Mandiberg, and Jacqueline Mabey (left to right).

Art+Feminism started when Artstor librarian Siân Evans was designing a project for women and art for the Art Libraries Society of North America.[4] Evans talked with fellow curator Jacqueline Mabey, who had been impressed by Wikipedia contributors' organization of edit-a-thon events to commemorate Ada Lovelace.[4] Mabey spoke with Michael Mandiberg, a professor at the City University of New York who had been incorporating Wikipedia into classroom learning. Mandiberg in turn talked with Laurel Ptak, a fellow at the art and technology non-profit Eyebeam, who agreed to help plan the event.[4] The team then recruited local Wikipedians Dorothy Howard, then Wikipedian in residence at Metropolitan New York Library Council; and Richard Knipel, then representing the local chapter of Wikipedia contributors through Wikimedia New York City.[4]

One reason for establishing the Art+Feminism project included responding to negative media coverage about Wikipedia's cataloging system.[5][6] The project continues to fill content gaps in Wikipedia and increase the number of female contributors.[7][8] Only about 17 percent of biographies on Wikipedia are about women and only about 15 percent of Wikipedia editors are female.[9] Kira Wisniewski was appointed Art+Feminism's executive director in 2020.[10]


Video from an Art+Feminism edit-a-thon at the Museum of Modern Art, 2015

Outside the United States, the 2015 event received media coverage at locations including Australia,[11] Canada,[12] Cambodia,[13] India,[14] New Zealand,[15] and Scotland.[16] Inside the United States the event received media coverage at the flagship location in New York,[17] and also in California,[18][19] Kansas,[20] Pennsylvania,[21] Texas,[22] and West Virginia.[23]

In 2020, due to concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held virtually, via the Zoom video conferencing app.[24]


Content contributed by participants in the editing events is tracked in a coordinating forum on Wikipedia.[25]

In November 2014, Foreign Policy magazine named Evans, Mabey, Mandiberg, Richard Knipel, Dorothy Howard, and Ptak as "global thinkers" for addressing gender bias on Wikipedia.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Art+Feminism's 2015 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Adds 334 Articles on Female Artists". ARTnews. 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  2. ^ a b "101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week". ARTnews. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  3. ^ Chernick, Karen (August 9, 2020). "National Museum of Women in the Arts to Host Wiki Edit-a-thon Focused on Women of Color". The New York Observer. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Feinstein, Laura (2 March 2015). "Mass Wikipedia Edit To Make The Internet Less Sexist". Good Worldwide. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ Lapowsky, Issie (5 March 2015). "Meet the Editors Fighting Racism and Sexism on Wikipedia". Wired. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ Filipacchi, Amanda (24 April 2013). "Wikipedia's Sexism Toward Female Novelists". The New York Times. New York. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ McGurran, Brianna (18 February 2015). "MoMA to Host Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon to Tackle Gender Imbalance". The New York Observer. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  8. ^ Krasny, Michael (13 March 2015). "Wikipedia's Gender and Race Gaps: Forum". Forum. KQED-FM. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  9. ^ "As it happened: Wikipedia edit-a-thon".
  10. ^ "Art+Feminism". Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  11. ^ Ford, Clementine (6 March 2015). "Where are all the Australian feminist writers on Wiki?". Archived from the original on 27 August 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ Botelho-Urbanski, Jessica (9 March 2015). "Celebrating women's success? There's a wiki for that". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  13. ^ Murray, Bennett (7 March 2015). "Wiki activists help to write Cambodian women's history, Post Weekend, Phnom Penh Post". The Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ Shruthi, H M (7 March 2015). "Edit-a-thon for women to bridge Wikimedia gender gap". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  15. ^ O'Neil, Andrea (6 March 2015). "Blessed are the 'geeks' shaping history |". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  16. ^ Malcolm, Bob (5 March 2015). "Dundee to join in global feminism arts campaign". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (6 March 2015). "MoMA to Host Wikipedia Editing Marathon, to Improve Coverage of Women in the Arts". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  18. ^ Bos, Sascha (4 March 2015). "East Bay Schools to Host Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  19. ^ Morlan, Kinsee (2 March 2015). "Wikipedia's women problem". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ Rodriguez, Lisa (27 March 2015). "Kansas City Edit-A-Thon Aims To Close Gender Gap On Wikipedia". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  21. ^ Marshall, Amy Milgrub (23 February 2015). "College of Arts and Architecture to host 'Edit-a-Thon' to improve Wikipedia Cove". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  22. ^ Kallus, Megan (4 March 2015). "UT School of Information to host feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon". The Daily Texan. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  23. ^ Board, Glynis (3 March 2015). "Wiki Gender Gap to Be Discussed in Morgantown | West Virginia Public Broadcasting". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  24. ^ Landry, Katelyn (2020-05-14). "Can a Virtual Edit-a-Thon make Wikipedia More Inclusive?". Houstonia Magazine. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  25. ^ Ghorashi, Hannah (10 March 2015). "Art+Feminism's 2015 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Adds 334 Articles on Female Artists". ARTnews. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  26. ^ staff (November 2014). "A World Disrupted: The Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 | Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg, Richard Knipel, Dorothy Howard, Laurel Ptak". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 17 October 2015.

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