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Time for a new male/female discussion on contemporary art territoriesDemographics are changing in favour of women. They outnumber males in art schools, they outnumber males at the graduation ceremonies, but they still have it hard when trying to get a show in a gallery, or to be part of a private or public art collection. Why is that? I can only guess.
When Shulamith Firestone wrote in 1970, “Feminism, when it truly achieves its goals, will crack through the most basic structures of our society,” she couldn’t have predicted she was referring to Wikipedia.
Although it’s user-driven, and so still not considered a scholarly source, Wikipedia has become an undeniable part of the status quo since its creation in 2001 — it’s the seventh-most visited site on the internet. Though there had long been speculation about gender disparity on the site, the first study to measure the gap wasn’t conducted until 2010, and the results were dismal: only 8.5–16% of editors on Wikipedia are women, with just 1% transsexual or transgender. As of this writing there have been no official studies on multicultural participation and representation on the site. Perhaps the largest hurdle to gathering such data is that it takes being well versed in Wikipedia to do so.
—in “Art-Minded Feminists Become Wikipedians for a Weekend”
by Sarah Cowan on March 12, 2015. Hiperallergic
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Female artists in three Portuguese art collections (est.)
- CAM-Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisboa: 237 female artists in 1135 authors (20,8%)
- Museu Berardo, Lisboa: 58 female artists in 565 authors (10,3%)
- Ellipse Foundation, Sintra: 29 female artists in 114 authors (25,4%)