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#msfembot2016: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Remote Participation

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Edit-a-Thon now ongoing! Questions? Join the Twitter talk – Tweet your questions to @brycepeake or #msfembot2016.

Event Details

The Fembot Collective, in collaboration with Ms. Magazine and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, is gearing up for two days of feminist innovation, education, and collaboration in sunny Hollywood, CA!

Day 1 of the #msfembot2016: A Digital Initiative for Civic Engagement, the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, marks our second annual gathering at the Ms. Magazine headquarters with feminists from around the country to write women into Wikipedia. Taking on the gender disparity in Wikipedia content/content producers, we’re hosting an Edit-a-Thon to contribute figures, movements, organizations, and ideas historically marginalized because of gender, race, and sexuality into Wikipedia. Help us make sure that the virtual world of free and accessible knowledge offers a gender-inclusive history. This year’s Edit-a-thon will feature a special collaborative group focusing on writing the history of women’s athletics into Wikipedia.

Edit-a-Thon Homepage | Edit-a-Thon Wiki | #msfembot2016 Homepage

Unable to join us in LA this year? We’re amplifying #msfembot2016! Join us right from home.

We want you to join us! On Friday, March 11th at 9AM PST, we’re inviting feminists Wikipedians far and wide to join the Edit-a-Thon from home, school, or office – alone or as an Edit-a-Thon party all your own.


Remote participants can register to be added to the Twitter list so you can be part of the conversation throughout the day. Already registered? Make a Wikipedia account. Then make your way over to our event Wiki and sign in – and suggest content for improvement.


This year’s event will feature three tracks; 2 major themes, as well as the usual general editing women into Wikis that lack details, robust sourcing/citations, or the overall presence of women, trans, and/or gender non-conforming people in multiple disciplines, fields, and periods of history.

Track 1: Writing Women’s Athletics into Wikipedia

Fembot members Bryce Peake (University of Maryland) and Thomas Oates (University of Iowa) are piloting a Wikipedia project aimed at writing women’s history and women’s athletics programs into the Wikipedia pages for American universities. Contributions may include (but are not limited to):

― Creating pages for prominent figures in women’s athletics
― Adding details to existing wikis on this subject
― Submitting data (on your own onto Wikipedia, or by forwarding the data to us) from women’s athletics; this could include statistics on individual athletes, professional sports teams, or college women’s athletics.

If you are interested in contributing to this track, please email Tara Keegan at tkeegan@uoregon.edu with any questions.

Track 2: Writing the History of Ms. Magazine

Our hosts and partners in feminist innovation, Ms. Magazine, is graciously opening up their archives to editors at the event in LA. 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). Using this incredible lens through which to read the history of feminism in America, we’ll be generating Wikipedia content from these primary sources on-site.

Unfortunately, this track is somewhat limited to participants in LA, but here’s how you can help:

― General editing and adding details to existing pages
― Submitting project ideas that need more primary research (this means giving us an idea for research that can be done using the Ms. archives)

If you are interested in contributing to this track, please email Jeremiah Favara at jfavara@uoregon.edu with any questions.

Track 3: General Editing

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 a production and content 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 work against bias and content disparity. General editing can include (but is not limited to):

― Creating pages for women/projects/organizations that have been left out of Wikipedia
― Adding citations to existing pages, or pages being worked on at the Ms. Fembot event
― Cleaning up pages that already exist (see Wikipedia’s style guide for grammar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style)
― Adding details to existing pages — For example, feminist political theorist Carol Pateman’s wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carole_Pateman) is rather scant, and could use more information in every category

If you are interested in contributing to this track, please email Laura Strait at lstrait@uoregon.edu with any questions.

Livestream of Wikipedia Lecture

Friday, March 11th, 9:30 AM PST, we’ll live cast Sarah Stierch’s Wikipedia lecture. This will be the fourth Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Sarah has led for the Fembot Collective. She’ll walk us through the basics of Wikipedia: creating an account, verification, and editing etiquette and politics.

Look for information about how to access the livestream soon!

Track Our Progress

Follow along and stay in the conversation the day of the Edit-a-Thon on Twitter with #msfembot2016. Post pictures, videos, updates, and links to the hashtag stream – we’ll be projecting them live at the event!

Wikipedia Resources

Creating a Wikipedia account
Wikipedia’s manual of style
Wikipedia cheatsheet

Spread the Word

See here for an attatched flyer to spread the word about participating in the #msfembot2016 Edit-a-Thon. If you’d like advice on how to get folks organized on your campus/community, reach out to the Fembot Webmistress to get you started.

Event Sponsors

A special thank you to our Event Sponsors: The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Fembot Collective, Ms. Magazine, and the University of Oregon’s Center for the Study of Women in Society.