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#msfembot2016 Day 1: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Co-Sponsored by Ms.Magazine

On Friday, March 11th we’ll convene at the Ms. Magazine’s offices in Beverly Hills to write historical figures that have been marginalized because of their gender, race, and sexuality into Wikipedia. Our Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon will not only contribute to the world of free and accessible knowledge, but will emphasize a conscious feminist approach so as to ensure the existence of a gender inclusive history of everything within Wikipedia’s vast database. At the Edit-a-Thon, we’ll be training people on how to navigate the content production system in Wikipedia, how to make effective and engaging entries that will outlive their creators, and how to improve on existing content with more robust citations, data, categories, infoboxes, etc. Join us as we ensure the digital legacy of women, trans, and/or gender non-conforming people in multiple discipline, fields, and periods of history!

This year’s program will feature three tracks:

1 Writing the history of athletics from the margins
In order to write the history of women’s athletics into Wikipedia, we will be creating and updating entries for athletic teams, individual seasons, and individual athletes at Division I universities. Research materials will be available on site for specific projects. There will also be guides for how to collect information to create entries using online sources (university athletic pages, NCAA.com, ESPN online, etc.) for additional projects. If you are interested in contributing to this theme, please email Tara Keegan at tkeegan@uoregon.edu with any questions.
2 Excavating the Ms. Magazine archives
First appearing as an insert in New York magazine, Ms. first came onto the scene in 1971. An openly political publication, Ms. has since sought to make “voices audible, feminist journalism tenable, and a feminist worldview available to the public,” fearlessly covering content like domestic violence (1976) or abortion (1972). Explore the Ms. magazine archives in Beverley Hills – an incredible lens through which to read the history of feminism in America. Wikipedia content will be generated from these primary sources on-site. If you are interested in contributing to this theme, please email Jeremiah Favara at jfavara@uoregon.edu with any questions.
3 Producing content with your own ideas
In 2011, the Wikipedia Foundation published a survey showing 90% of the content producers on what’s ranked amongst the ten most popular digital spaces are male-identified. Reacting against this bias, edit-a-thons have emerged as a strategy to help diversify Wikipedia, working through the existing 38 million articles and producing new content every day to ensure the presence of women, trans, and/or gender non-conforming people in multiple disciplines, fields, and periods of history. Bring your ideas along! If you are interested in contributing to this theme, please email Laura Strait at lstrait@uoregon.edu with any questions.

Join Us!

Before the Event:

RSVP (Note: the event is free but space is limited. For security reasons, unregistered guests will not be granted entry).

Create a Wikipedia account.

Sign in and post suggestions for content.

Day of:

BYOL: bring your own laptop & a surge protector.


Sarah Stierch. This is the fourth Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Sarah has led for the Fembot Collective!Sarah Stitch

Remote Participation:

Unable to join us in LA? Connect with us remotely! During the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, we welcome feminist Wikipedians from around the world to create gender inclusive content remotely.

How to Join Us:

To join us remotely, register to be added to the contact sheet.

Create a Wikipedia account.

Sign in and post suggestions for content.



9:00 AM Sign-in
9:30 AM Wikipedia Lecture
10:15 AM Session 1

12:00 PM Lunch on Your Own

1:30 PM Session 2
4:00 PM Group Check-in

4:45 PM Event Ends
5:00 PM Happy Hour Mixer

Livestream Instructions for Sarah Stierch’s Wikipedia Lecture (coming soon!)


Ms. Magazine Office
433 S. Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA2 Ms Magazine

Post-Event Happy Hour Mixer


5PM at Bedford and Burns
369 N Bedford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Code of Conduct:

The Ms. Fembot Hack-a-Thon has adopted the Code of Conduct created by the Ada Initiative.