What would be a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by joining an international event to create and edit Wikipedia profiles of women* in academia? With free food and drinks provided?
Only 18.2% of English Wikipedia biographies feature women. This number has increased by 2.7% in the past 5 years largely due to Wikipedia edit-a-thons – events in which participants work together to create and edit Wikipedia pages for notable women. These efforts increase the number of female role models and help to combat systemic gender biases.
We will be running an edit-a-thon with the aim to increase visibility of women* in academia. We will be joined simultaneously with effort from around the world, including countries in South America, North America, and Europe.
**Participants MUST create a Wikipedia account prior to attending. Your account can be created via this link: en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:CreateAccount&returnto=Main+Page
18:00 – 18:30 Arrivals and refreshments
18:30 – 18:40 Opening Remarks
18:40 – 19:35 “Gender and Wikipedia” by the keynote speaker, Dr. Maryam Zaringhalam (live-stream from California)
19:35 – 20:00 Wikipedia Editing Tutorial Session
20:00 – 22:20 Dinner + Wikipedia Editing Session
22:20 – 22:30 Closing remarks
This edit-a-thon is proudly supported by eLife and the University of Oxford’s Social Sciences Division, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, and Christ Church College.
**When using the term “women*”, we hope to encompass ALL women* (trans, intersex and cis), all those who experience oppression as women* (including non-binary and gender non-conforming people) and all those who identify as women* as a whole or part of their identity.
Do I need to identify as female to participate in the event? Absolutely not! We encourage people of all genders to join!
What should I bring into the event? Please bring your own laptop and PLEASE create a Wikipedia account prior to attending via this link.
Is the venue wheelchair-accessible? Yes.