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Students Take Part in Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

On Tuesday night, May 1, the Norton Family Center for the Common Good, along with the Katharine Brush Library, the Women in STEM group, and Palmer Hall, hosted an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at a local bakery just off of Loomis Chaffee's campus.

Art+Feminism states that it is "a campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. From coffee shops and community centers, to the largest museums and universities in the world, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia."

Wikipedia is disproportionately written by men and about men, with over 90 percent of published Wikipedia editors identifying themselves as male, according to Art+Feminism. The campaign aims to correct the bias that has been created by this gender imbalance.

Andrew Boyles Peterson, the instruction and outreach librarian at Loomis, worked with history teacher and school archivist Karen Parsons to find Loomis Chaffee-related individuals and events that are on Wikipedia or could be added to Wikipedia that would benefit from review. The girls who gathered on Tuesday edited these articles and even wrote their own articles based on information from the Loomis Chaffee Archives.

While they worked, participants also enjoyed pizza and baked goods from the local business Get Baked.