Art + Feminism
a global initiative which addresses the gender gap on Wikipedia by improving content on ‘women in the arts'
The Heritage Lab has been spearheading the campaign in India since 2017 with a two-fold aim of improving public awareness about women artists of India and increasing female editorship on Wikipedia.
Why this is important
Globally less than 15% of Wikipedia's editors identify as women. In India, this number is even lesser. Without enough representation from women in the preservation of their own stories, we get skewed content on Wikipedia that misses the mark on the value and existence of womens' impact on history.
The Art + Feminism India Campaign
Since 2017, we have partnered with institutions like the National Museum, Delhi; Piramal Museum of Art, Mumbai; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art; Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh; Kerala Museum; Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune; Sarmaya Mumbai; etc. We have created pages on artists such as Sunayani Devi, Atasi Barua, Chitranibha Chowdhury and more.
In 2019 alone, we involved more than 100 participants across 7 cities and 9 institutions to create 27 new articles, edit 157 articles and upload 67 images. All of these articles and images are about women artists / women in history and have garnered 209.61K views in a span of 10 months.
Join a Wikipedia Editathon and help edit / create pages on women in Indian arts to make them more visible on the internet. We'd be editing from 10:30 am - 5 pm, but you can spend as much time as you'd like. All you need to bring with you, is a laptop and lots of positive vibes! This is a community effort after all. We promise a good time, coffee and food.