Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Held in Jamaica to Increase Female Artists’ Online Presence

In Jamaica, Women's History Month and an online skills seminar came together as a Wikipedia-edit-a-thon. It was an event held to help female artists gain a stronger presence online. NY1's Lindsay Tuchman filed the following report.

Faith Holland is an artist wi​th a mission to fix a gender gap in what may be surprising area to some people.

"I think it's important to sort of fill in the gaps, the gender gaps that are happening across Wikipedia and give particularly women artists and women artists of color a presence on Wikipedia," Holland explained.

Holland was the host of an Art+Feminism Wikipedia-Edit-a-Thon held at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning on Saturday.

It was one of hundreds of events, held all over the world, where people came together to edit pages on the massive internet database. The goal was to create and update pages for female artists.

"As a woman artist it's a harder path, it's a longer path,” Holland told NY1. “Many women don't get recognized till their much older."

Rejin Leys agreed, she is also an artist, and attended the edit-a-thon to help her peers.

"Anyone or anything that isn't referenced in there you know particularly for young people, they're not going to find out about those things and if they don't find it on Wikipedia they don't think it's important,” Leys said. “So you have work by a lot of female artists that are very important but are going to be lost in history."

Holland also said Wikipedia content is often skewed by who's creating it.

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identified as female.

That statistic was alarming to participant Clare Sherry who said the fight for equality is a long one.

"I try not to dwell on it and try to think 'hey we're doing something!" she said.

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