Add women to Wikipedia for Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace
October 15 is Ada Lovelace Day, founded in 2009 to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Ada Lovelace, born in 1815, wrote several programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a design that was never built but that foreshadowed today’s computers. For this reason, Lovelace is known as the first computer programmer. Her work was incredibly visionary – she predicted computers that would produce images and sound, not just solve math problems. Her writing later inspired Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers in the 1940s.

A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is being held in honor of Ada Lovelace Day. Started by Maia Weinstock, the Edit-a-thon’s purpose is to add or improve articles about women in STEM fields. A lot of significant lady STEM folks don’t have articles written about them, or the articles that do exist are stubs. This might have something to do with the fact that only 15% of Wikipedia contributors are women – which, hey, is up from 13% in 2011 so yay? Hopefully this Edit-a-thon leads to more regular lady contributors at Wikipedia, in addition to the great articles I’m sure it will produce.

The Edit-a-thon runs from 3pm to 8:30pm EST today. Find more information, a list of suggested articles to produce, and get involved at this link.

 

Jos TruittJos Truitt likes to get lost on the Why-ko-pee-die-a and would like to read longer articles about lady nerds.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam L-L

    I don’t really contribute to Wikipedia any more because it seems like some large fraction of new articles get deleted for “notability” which as far as I can tell means any one user with more hours sunk into the site than you isn’t interested in your topic. Hopefully that doesn’t end up sinking this effort, too.