87% of Wikipedia editors are men. So it’s no surprise most of the scientists on Wikipedia are pale, stale, and male. 500 Women Scientists is working to change that — transforming the idea of what a scientist looks like, online and IRL. Join them on November 17th at Caveat to learn more about the contributions of trailblazing women scientists while giving them the Wikipedia pages they deserve. Editing will be followed by an open mic to share your edits, your idols, and your experiences. No experience Wikipedia or web editing needed!
While Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website in the world, notching up more than 32 million views a day, less than 18% of its English-language biographies are about women. So on November 17th, we’ll work together to add more entries to Wikipedia and give you the tools to keep making the Internet less sexist after our Wiki-thon. All you have to do is come armed with a laptop or tablet!
*Bring your laptop and your sense of righteous indignation*
We ask participants to only do a few things before November 17th:
Come with your laptop or tablet.
Create a Wikipedia account here.
Make your edits count! Register on our dashboard to track our collective edits and measure our impact as Wiki-thons take place around the world over the week.
(Optional) If you’d like to do some training on how to edit beforehand to familiarize yourself, you can check out a tutorial here. Of course, we’ll go over the ins and outs of editing during the event as well so this is totally optional!
To read more about why editing Wikipedia is such a powerful tool to combat gender inequity in science, you can check out this editorial in Nature.
And stick around for Scratch Paper, Caveat’s open mic for all things academic on stage. If you like, read out parts of your edits or tell us something you learned!
You can also help 500 Women Scientists raise money to challenge gender stereotypes in NYC public schools by sending Angela Saini's Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong-and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story.