Women artists and historical figures have gotten short shrift on the Internet. It’s time to organize to fight that gender bias.
Does your favorite female artist or historical figure have a Wikipedia page? Having an article on the world’s largest encyclopedia is a sign of cultural recognition and acknowledgement, but Wikipedia has left women out of accounts of major historical movements and art periodization.
On Saturday, I was one of several co-organizers of the Wikipedia: Meetup/Art And Feminism at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City, an event that sought to rectify gender prejudices in everyday Internet search results. More than 150 attendees focused on adding articles on and improving content about women artists. Some 30 other universities and arts institutions from San Francisco to Florence, Italy participated in the event remotely.