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HerStory Edit-a-thon

by Samantha Dodd February 21, 2018

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world. Its fundamental principles include free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute, neutrality, and collective engagement. According to Wikipedia’s study of its user community, less than 10% of Wikipedia’s editors are women. Other studies have also found that new female editors are more likely than male editors to have their edits reverted. Wikipedia has fewer and less extensive articles about women or topics important to women.

Because Wikipedia is open access and open source, there are tools to make changes and to help close the gender gap on Wikipedia. There are numerous WikiProjects that focus on women artists, women in science, women in sports , and the Women in Red project, which focuses on creating articles on women’s biographies and works. 

This March for Women's History Month and in partnership with the Women's and Gender Studies department, UT Arlington libraries will be hosting the HerStory edit-a-thon. The focus of this edit-a-thon will be on creating new content and adding citation information to stub or starter articles on a number of women and on gender rights activists. 

No experience is required to participate. All are welcome to come and learn the basics of Wikipedia editing. 


Preserving HERstory in Texas: A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon; UTA Librarians and staff will guide you through research and show you how to add content to Wikipedia. No experience required. Refreshments provided to fuel your editing. Come contribute to HerStory on Wikipedia. 

*Please preregister:

Library Room 315a, 10:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday, March 28, 2018






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