Duluth Feminists Create Wikipedia Pages for Female Artists

Duluth Feminists Believe Women Artists Are Underrepresented

DULUTH, Minn.- Artists and Feminists edited and created Wikipedia pages Sunday to improve the coverage of women and people of color in arts — while fighting what they call a gender gap on  Wikipedia. It’s all for Wiki Edit-A-Thon, an event held at the Duluth Art Institute.

It’s all for Wiki Edit-A-Thon, an event held at the Duluth Art Institute.

But as they were editing and creating pages, many of the editors received notifications from Wikipedia that their pages were nominated for speedy deletion for “not being of importance.” Some of these include pages created about local female artists and the Duluth Art Institute.  Dr. Jaime Ratliff, Assistant Professor at UMD, believes the fact that these pages were flagged, proves their point.

“It’s kind of a widespread issue that throughout history, women, women artists, women makers, women in history have received less attention for their contributions to society to the arts, to history in general,” said Dr. Ratliff.

The Wiki Edit-A-Thon  is the first of many feminist events happening this week, in honor of International Women’s Day coming up on Wednesday.

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