Looking for something productive to do at home? Consider joining Harvard’s Microbial Science Initiative, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, and 500 Women Scientists on Saturday, March 20, 2021 to create and edit Wikipedia pages for women and non-binary people in microbiology and other museum related fields.
While Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website in the world, notching up more than 32 million views a day, less than 18.2% of its English-language biographies are about women. This number has increased by 2.7% in the past five 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 women role models and help to combat systemic gender biases by making the achievements of women leaders more readily discoverable to the world.
Interested? This event requires no special skills beyond basic comfort with computers. The event starts at 3/20 12pm and continues until 3pm or until you feel done (whichever comes first.) The organizers suggest doing a few steps to participate.
- Register for the zoom meeting which includes both a quick tutorial and a chance to connect with others while doing the work.
- Create a Wikipedia account here: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:CreateAccount&returnto=Main+Page
- Register on this dashboard to track our collective edits and measure our impact as we edit together across the country and around the world.
- (Optional) If you'd like to do some training on how to edit beforehand to familiarize yourself, you can check out this tutorial: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Introduction We'll go over the ins and outs of editing during the event, so this is totally optional!