METRO's Wikipedian-in-Residence Named a Top 100 Global Thinker

by Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager, METRO

We're proud to announce that Dorothy Howard, METRO's Wikipedian-in-Residence, has been included in Foreign Policy Magazine’s 2014 List of 100 Leading Global Thinkers for her work with Art+Feminism. Along with five co-organizers, Dorothy is in Washington, D.C. today to receive an award for her work addressing the gender gap in Wikipedia's editors through edit-a-thons and other modes of community outreach. 

The following press release was shared with us by Art+Feminism. 

Art+Feminism Included in Foreign Policy Magazine’s List of 100 Leading Global Thinkers

Art+Feminism is pleased to announce that Siân Evans, Dorothy Howard, Richard Knipel, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg, and Laurel Ptak are included in Foreign Policy Magazine’s List of 100 Leading Global Thinkers for their work organizing Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. They and the other honorees are gathered today in Washington, DC for a conference and reception, co-hosted by Foreign Policy and the U.S. Department of State and featuring keynote remarks from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The complete list of this year’s Leading Global Thinkers can be found here.

The editors of Foreign Policy chose Art+Feminism because of the group’s ability to translate ideas into action. On February 1, 2014, one hundred and fifty people gathered at Eyebeam, a center for art and technology in New York City, to edit Wikipedia entries on women, art, feminism, and related subjects. They were joined by approximately five hundred people in thirty satellite events that took place across three continents. The edit-a-thon created approximately one hundred and one new articles and added to approximately ninety existing articles. Evans, Howard, Knipel, Mabey, Mandiberg, and Ptak would like to acknowledge the many organizers and participants of the satellite edit-a-thons as well as the many Wikipedians who have made contributions to closing the gender gap on Wikipedia; this event could not have happened without them and they share this honor with you.

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate; suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the sometimes contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

The 2015 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will take place over International Women’s Day weekend. The central New York event will occur on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at The Museum of Modern Art. There are funds available for satellite events for childcare, refreshments, and travel grants. Those interested in organizing a satellite event are encouraged to contact Art+Feminism at or visit our How-To guide.

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