Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, communities around the world still find a way to connect for the highly anticipated annual event: Edit-A-Thon.
As of July 13, there were: 15 articles created, 169 articles edited, 847 edits, 140 editors, 54.7k words added, 719 references, 20.4k article views. How outstanding!
SACNAS X 500 Women Scientists hosted the annual Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, which took place over Zoom on July 12, 2020. People from all over the world, from Brazil to Japan, participated in this event with over 140 editors. This event truly highlights that Wikipedia is a global powerhouse for learning in the digital landscape for all Internet users. Although Wikipedia is the 5th most popular website worldwide, only 18.2% of its English biographies are about women. The purpose of this event was to create, modify, and translate pages women and non-binary people of color leading the way in STEM fields to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the interwebs.
To expand Cred Lab’s outreach efforts, we promoted the event to the Class of 2024 via social media platforms and emails. It was simply amazing that quite a few incoming first-year students were interested in participating, even though they have never made a Wikipedia account before and haven’t set foot on Wellesley’s campus yet. Cred Lab focused on creating and modifying articles of our notable Wellesley alumnae who made significant contributions in the STEM field.
This is a list of Wellesley participants and the respective alumnae they worked on:
- Jessi Kim: Darby Dyar ’80, Ophelia Dahl ’94
- Eni Mustafaraj: Terri Grodzicker ’63
- Selden Lab: Enriqueta Bond ’61
- Fatima Djalalova: Anne Cohen Heller ’41
- Nanxi Liu: Anne Pyne Cowley ’59
- Laura Leal de Souza: Emily Browning Visher ’40