Feminist Hacktivism

One of the real delights of librarianship, from my perspective, is the varied work which lends itself to so many different styles of projects. Recently, through a UH Libraries Microgrant, I was lucky to be able to volunteer at a sponsored Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon.

The goal of the event was to encourage participants to edit and create Wikipedia entries. The event encouraged both female engagement by creating a space and training opportunity for women Wikipedia editors and encouraging editing and creation of pages for women on Wikipedia. This is an effort to confront the many aspects of gender bias on Wikipedia. I was (and remain) deeply inspired.

Which is why I want to encourage you to start editing Wikipedia too. It’s a great hobby- a real stress reducing activity, I would argue. If you’re a librarian, you probably already think about citations and sources in your free time. Why not weaponize that free time to encourage gender equality in the most widely used open source encyclopedia?

UH has created a great tool for getting started. Check it out! Get editing!

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