Brooklyn Museum: Writing Women Back Into History

Wikipedia has a gender problem. Alexandra Thom is heading up a project to add entries and substance to Wikipedia on all the women included in Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” which is permanently installed in the Sackler Gallery at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. Not only are entries on the women of history lacking but female editors to Wikipedia are also much fewer than non-female. What’s up? It’s no surprise that men write mostly about men. Well, ladies, start your engines.

Thom writes, “The Dinner Party is an icon of feminist art, which features the names of 1,038 women in history…”

She found many of the names had only “stub” entries and almost 100 others had no mention at all. You can follow Alexandra’s project through the Brooklyn Museum blog starting with the two links below.

Brooklyn Museum: Community: bloggers@brooklynmuseum » Writing Women Back Into History.

Ending the ongoing cycle of omission

Bravo, Ms. Thom! Wikipedia is so heavily used by folks around the world. How many more women will your work inspire to become editors of Wikipedia to fill out this gross omission. I know I’m on board.

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2 Responses

  1. This is great! I was just part of a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the American Art Museum (I was a summer intern so I actually put together the research folders and picked most of the artists we recommended to participants) and I was happy to see that many of the participants gravitated towards creating pages for women or artists of color. I made a new page for Malcah Zeldis and have since made two more pages for women; I’m totally hooked!

  2. Thanks for your kind words – I’m so glad the project is inspiring women to contribute to Wikipedia!

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