Penn Today: Bridging Wikipedia’s gender gap, one article at a time

Penn Today: Bridging Wikipedia’s gender gap, one article at a time. “A new study co-authored by Isabelle Langrock, a Ph.D. candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, and Annenberg associate professor Sandra González-Bailón evaluates the work of two prominent feminist movements, finding that while these movements have been effective in adding a large volume of biographical content about women to Wikipedia, such content remains more difficult to find due to structural biases.”

New York Times: Pandemic Baking Just Got Weirder

New York Times: Pandemic Baking Just Got Weirder. “Back in March, when isolation and homebound boredom were novelties, many Americans fashioned themselves into folksy sourdough bakers. Come June, making bread loaves, cookies and cakes took on new urgency, as professionals banded together to raise funds for organizations that support and defend Black lives. All the while, many artists and amateur bakers had been creating confections at home, not out of practicality or as part of a campaign, but for art’s sake. Their cakes, which draw on the absurdist Jell-O mold tradition of 1950s homemakers and revel in gross-out palettes, reflect ideas about gender, power and respectability.”

Qantara .de: Giving a voice to young African women during coronavirus

Qantara .de: a href=”https://en.qantara.de/content/sauti-africa-young-feminist-blog-giving-a-voice-to-young-african-women-during-coronavirus”>Giving a voice to young African women during coronavirus. “This year, those marking Pan African Women’s Day on 31 July had even more reason to celebrate. Two days previously the African Union launched ‘Sauti’, meaning ‘my voice’ in Arabic and Kiswahili. A digital collection featuring award-winning stories by twenty-five young women from across the five regions of Africa and its diaspora, it is the first ever feminist blog of its kind. Young African women were invited to share their contributions in writing, visuals, audio or video, presenting their thoughts and innovations in the face of COVID-19, as well as their daily struggles amid the evolving pandemic.”

Frauenkultur: A New Online Archive Of Second Wave Feminist Book Titles (FiLiA)

FiLiA: Frauenkultur: A New Online Archive Of Second Wave Feminist Book Titles. “Frauenkultur is a comprehensive online resource archive for second wave feminist texts written between 1965-1995. The archive is meant to act as a central hub, for young women and girls especially, to discover the range and multiplicity of second wave feminist writing and to create intergenerational linkages with women’s work of the past. While the actual texts are not available on the archive, there is plenty of information for each book entry such as a summary, quotes, sometimes images and table of contents.”

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Irma Mcclaurin Wins Grant for Development of Black Feminist Archive in Special Collections and University Archives

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Irma Mcclaurin Wins Grant for Development of Black Feminist Archive in Special Collections and University Archives. “Irma McClaurin, who earned her Ph.D. and MFA from UMass Amherst, was recently awarded a $15,000 Historical Archives Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. The funds are for the continuing development of the Irma McClaurin Black Feminist Archive in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), in the UMass Amherst Libraries.”

PR Newswire: Gale Launches Second Installment of Women’s Studies Archive Series

PR Newswire: Gale Launches Second Installment of Women’s Studies Archive Series (PRESS RELEASE). “Gale, a Cengage company, has released the second installment of its world-renowned Women’s Studies Archive series. Women’s Studies Archive: Voice and Vision, looks beyond women’s suffrage and explores the evolution of feminism throughout the 19th and 20th centuries (1780-2000).”

The Guardian: Apple made Siri deflect questions on feminism, leaked papers reveal

The Guardian: Apple made Siri deflect questions on feminism, leaked papers reveal. “An internal project to rewrite how Apple’s Siri voice assistant handles ‘sensitive topics’ such as feminism and the #MeToo movement advised developers to respond in one of three ways: ‘don’t engage’, ‘deflect’ and finally ‘inform’. The project saw Siri’s responses explicitly rewritten to ensure that the service would say it was in favour of ‘equality’, but never say the word feminism – even when asked direct questions about the topic.”

Hyperallergic: As the Getty Digitizes the Archives of the Woman’s Building, Artists Remember Its History

Hyperallergic: As the Getty Digitizes the Archives of the Woman’s Building, Artists Remember Its History. “Earlier this month, the Getty Research Institute announced it was awarded a ‘Save America’s Treasures’ grant to process 11 collections related to the Woman’s Building, the seminal Los Angeles-based center for feminist art that operated from 1973 to 1991. The $284,400 grant, administered by the National Park Service and the Institute of Museums and Library Services, will provide about half the budget for a two-year project of preserving, processing, and digitizing holdings already at the Institute. “

Rabble .ca: A digital archive of feminist struggle in Canada

Rabble .ca: A digital archive of feminist struggle in Canada. “Alana Cattapan is an assistant professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, and she is part of the organizing committee of Rise Up!, a digital archive of feminist activism in Canada. Scott Neigh interviews her about the importance of preserving social movement histories, about remembering Canadian feminist struggles, and about the work of Rise Up!” This is both a substantial text story and an audio segment.

Smithsonian Magazine: How Should We Archive the Soundtrack to 1970s Feminism?

Smithsonian Magazine: How Should We Archive the Soundtrack to 1970s Feminism?. “As the historian of Olivia Records, a trailblazing all-women’s recording label that emerged from this movement, I am intimately aware that the artists and producers that were on the forefront of this distinctive cultural turning point are now approaching their 70s, as are many of their earliest fans. With samples of now-historic album art and vinyl beginning to become objects of interest for researchers and the public-at-large, the question becomes: how should Olivia should be remembered, collected and exhibited for those unfamiliar with its legacy?”

The Malaysian Insight: Feminists to sue China social media giants for deleting group’s account

The Malaysian Insight: Feminists to sue China social media giants for deleting group’s accounts. “FEMINIST activists are preparing to sue China’s biggest social media platforms for deleting their organisation’s accounts, the group’s founder said today. On March 8, International Women’s Day, staffers operating the prolific Feminist Voices account on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform found that it had been deleted.”

Merriam-Webster: Merriam-Webster’s 2017 Words of the Year

Merriam-Webster: Merriam-Webster’s 2017 Words of the Year. “Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017 is feminism. The word was a top lookup throughout the year, with several spikes that corresponded to various news reports and events. The general rise in lookups tells us that many people are interested in this word; specific spikes give us insight into some of the reasons why.”