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Wiki Cool: Art+Feminism Is Making The Internet More Equitable, One Article At A Time

by Sylvie Baggett


Wikipedia does more than just help pad term papers—a lot more. In fact, Google, smart home devices, and even cultural institutions like the Museum of Modern Art all tap Wikipedia for info. But a 2018 Community Insights Report found that fewer than 10 percent of Wikipedia’s contributors identify as women or non-binary, creating a lot of gender bias.

It’s a problem Kira Wisniewski is addressing as executive director of Art+Feminism (artandfeminism.org) a group that hosts virtual “edit-a-thons” where a more diverse pool of contributors can come together to write and correct arts-related Wikipedia articles. “When cis and trans women, non-binary people, Black and Indigenous people, and people of color are not represented in the writing and editing on the tenth-most-visited site in the world,” says Wisniewski, “information about people like us gets skewed and misrepresented.” 


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Since 2014, Art+Feminism has written or improved over 84,000 articles. “Stories have been mistold,” Wisniewski says. “We lost out on real history. That’s why we’re here—to change it.” –Sylvie Baggett

This article originally appeared in BUST’s Fall 2020 print edition. Subscribe today!

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