Just thought I would pop a note here to let people on the list that I was
quite impressed with the Art+Feminism get-together held yesterday (March 8)
here in Toronto, at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
As you can see by the page, there were over 70 people in attendance
(about 75% of whom were women). The quality of the resources was
excellent, and the AGO staff and volunteers were extremely helplful in
locating those resources and bringing them to the editors to build the
articles. I attended primarily as an editor myself, but there was a
special thrill in helping a first-time editor tidy up a few things on the
page in her sandbox and then showing her how to move the article to
I was also really impressed with the ability of the attendees to quickly
grasp the Wikipedia concept, linking to references, following formatting
suggestions, and "speaking" in our patented Wikipedia voice. I was also
fascinated to see how so many of the editors were able to reflect the
feminist attributes of their article subjects in so many cases (e.g.,
"first woman to...",). I came away with the impression that many had
actually caught the "editing bug", and I have some hope that there will be
some editor retention out of this one.
Much to my surprise, I realised that this was the largest Wiki*edia event I
had attended outside of Wikimania. It bodes well for both the Canadian
editing community, and for the narrowing of the gender gap.
Forwarding to the Gendergap list in case others are interested, and
forwarding to Jason and Peaceray in case they want to share this blog post
at the Art and Feminism event in Portland, Oregon (Cascadia territory!)
On Mar 6, 2015 4:24 PM, "Fabrice Florin" <fflorin(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Looks like the link below still had the inspire story URL in the HTML.
> Here is the correct link in plain text:
> Enjoy … and have a wonderful weekend!
> On Mar 6, 2015, at 4:22 PM, Fabrice Florin <fflorin(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello social media team,
> We just published a roundup of some of the women who contribute to
> Wikipedia on the blog:
> Many thanks to Andrew, Victor, Heather, and everyone who helped write and
> edit this post — as well as the many profiles and videos featured in it! :)
> Here are proposed social media messages for this story:
> Twitter (@wikimedia/@wikipedia):
> Meet some of the women who contribute to Wikipedia -- and find out why
> they do it. (link) #genderdiversity
> Meet some of the women who contribute to Wikipedia: To celebrate
> International Women’s Day, we've featured 11 different profiles and videos
> of frequent editors and community leaders. Hear their inspiring stories and
> find out why they keep editing. (link)
> Feel free to tweak as needed.
> Thanks for helping share this story with our community!
> Fabrice Florin
> Movement Communications Manager
> Wikimedia Foundation
> Social-media mailing list
Today we are pleased to announce the launch of the Inspire Campaign in
This campaign aims to encourage, foster, and support new ideas for
improving gender diversity on Wikimedia projects. Less than 20% of
Wikimedia contributors are women, and many important topics are still
missing in our content. We invite all Wikimedians to participate in the
campaign on Meta-wiki by sharing your ideas, skills and feedback, and by
helping to spread the word in your local communities. The campaign runs
until March 31.
All proposals are welcome - research projects, technical solutions,
community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new!
Grants are available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects developed
during this campaign that need financial support. Constructive, positive
feedback on ideas is appreciated, and collaboration is encouraged - your
skills and experience may help bring someone else’s project to life. We
hope experienced community members will also watch the IdeaLab pages to
help keep the discussions positive and constructive. Join us at the Inspire
Campaign and help our projects better represent the world’s knowledge!
Alex & the Inspire Team
Project & Event Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
Of course they don't cover disruption of Gender gap project,
but do mention Gamergate.
And most of the replies are absurdly sexist, just like on
the Inspire talk page.
Trying to get up energy to reply to both, but have been
happy doing own thing and not having the aggravation...
Can you help find high-quality articles that celebrate women and gender diversity on Wikipedia and sister sites?
This month on the Wikimedia Blog, we're highlighting notable women and themes related to gender diversity, in honor of International Women's Day, the Wikimedia community’s own WikiWomen’s History Month, and the new Wikimedia Foundation Inspire Campaign.
What are your favorite, high-quality Wikipedia articles about notable women? What are your favorite, high-quality articles about gender diversity?
We're looking for factual, well-written and insightful articles, from the wiki of your choice. Articles that do not meet this criteria will not be considered.
Please add your suggestions on this wiki page:
Be sure to include a link to your favorite -- and a sentence or two about why you picked it (e.g.: what did you learn from this article?).
We also invite you to add your +1’s for articles you think are most insightful, to help select top picks for our report later this month.
Please post your recommendations until March 15, 2015. We will then prepare a report about our favorites, and publish it on the Wikimedia blog the following week.
We are still looking to feature more stories about gender diversity on the Wikimedia Blog this month. If you would like to submit a story on this topic, you can learn more here:
Thanks for helping share quality content on this important topic!
Movement Communications Manager
The Wikipedia Community at Bangalore will be celebrating the
International Womens Day with an day long edit-a-thon. The edit-a-thon
would be focusing on encouraging new women editors and also creating some
new articles related to women . It is also a part of Womens History Month
Events in India.
We would love for those of you in bangalore on March 7th to join us in
this event . We would also love if you can join us remotely or help us in
choosing article to improve or write.
Rare appearance by yours truly...I'll be facilitating the editathon and
hanging at the hackathon!
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Sarah T. Hamid" <hamidtasnuva(a)gmail.com>
Date: Mar 3, 2015 9:06 PM
Subject: fembot: Ms. Fembot THIS WEEKEND!
To: "gender, media & technology collaboration" <fembot(a)lists.uoregon.edu>
Reminder that the Ms. Fembot Edit-a-Thon + Hack-a-Thon is THIS weekend!
Hope to see you in Beverly Hills.
On Friday, March 6th, we will be writing historical figures marginalized
because of their gender into Wikipedia. Not only will we be contributing to
the world of free knowledge and ensuring the existence of a gender
inclusive history of everything, we will be training people how to make
effective and engaging entries that will outlive the participation of their
creators – ensuring the digital legacy of women, trans, and/or gender
non-conforming people in multiple discipline, fields, and periods of
The Ms. Magazine Office
433 S. Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA
Note: We'll be having a happy hour meet & greet after the Edit-a-Thon on
Friday at the Avalon Hotel:
Avalon Hotel, Beverly Hills
9400 W Olympic Blvd,
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
At our first Fembot Hack-a-thon, we created the Fembot Bot: an
auto-tweeting bot designed to auto-reply to sexist and racist hashtags.
Sadly, Twitter shut down the Fembot Bot too quickly. Join us in their
memory on Saturday, March 7th, when we will collaborate with coders,
software designers, and others at the Annenberg School to build some
awe-inspiring feminist tools and interventions.
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), RM 106
3630 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA
For those of you who won't be able to make it out this year, follow along
on Twitter [#MsFembot] & look-out for live updates.
- - -
*Sarah T. Hamid*
MA Candidate, Media Studies
University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication
Web Mistress, The Fembot Collective | http://fembotcollective.org
Center for Women & Society, Digital Scholarship Center
Hendricks Hall, Room 347
fembot mailing list
Hi all, sorry for any cross-posting - I received the following and thought it might be of interest if it hasn't already circulated (apologies if it has!) Might be useful for gendergap editors or related Wikiprojects? Not sure how long the articles will be available for free, unfortunately:
To celebrate International Women's Day 2015 on 8 March, the editors of Contemporary Women's Writing have made a number of articles from the journal freely available online.
This collection is a celebration of a global range of female writers and includes work on authors from the USA, New Zealand, and Japan, as well as an excellent piece on The Feminist Press.
If you have enjoyed these essays you might also like read CWW's collection of interviews with contemporary female authors<http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/cww/interviews.html>, also available for free online.
The essays are available here:
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