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The Houston + Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon, scheduled for March 7, will bring together participants who are interested in editing and writing high-quality Wikipedia articles. The event aims to raise the representation of women and feminist topics on Wikipedia. We kick off with a panel discussion at 2 p.m.

What: Houston + Feminism panel
Where: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library
When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Who:
Dr. Elizabeth Gregory, Director of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Raj Mankad, Editor of Cite Magazine
Eesha Pandit, Writer and Activist
Dr. Thamar Solorio, Associate Professor, Computer Science
Dr. Leandra Zarnow, Assistant Professor, History
Why: Distinguished panelists will share their knowledge and perspective on topics including feminism in tech, underrepresentation of women on the web or in technology fields, internet activism, and social justice issues online.

At 3:30, join us in creating and improving Wikipedia pages related to gender, women, and feminism.

What: Wikipedia edit-a-thon
Where: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library
When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, from 3:30 to 9 p.m.
Why: Help us improve the representation of women and feminist topics in Wikipedia articles on Houston-related topics.

Attendees will receive practical instruction on Wikipedia writing and learn about the importance of diversifying the historic record being created on Wikipedia. The edit-a-thon will run from 3:30-9 p.m., but participants are welcome to arrive and depart at their convenience.

During the edit-a-thon, attendees will be provided a list of suggested Wikipedia pages to create or enrich and can also choose their own. We will also provide information resources relating to the UH Special Collections Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection (WARC) and other associated collecting areas for ideas and to encourage discussion. A limited number of laptops will be available; attendees are highly encouraged to bring their own. Food and drinks will be provided, and pizza will be served for dinner at 6 p.m.

The event is coordinated by UH Libraries in collaboration with the UH Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program, the UH Women and Gender Resource Center, and the UH LBGTQ Resource Center, as well as Rice University and feminist organizations in the greater Houston area.