Women’s History Month Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Saturday, March 30
Martin Hall M-101

This will be a edit-a-thon workshop following up on our similar event in January. The goal is to give a designated time for participants to create and edit Wikipedia biographies of women mathematical and statistical scientists, with a particular focus on women of color.




Sara Hottinger Distinguished Lecture

Sara Hottinger, Dean of the Honors College at Coastal Carolina University, will speak on “The Discursive Construction of Gendered Subjectivity in Mathematics” March 7, 2-3:15 p.m., Hendrix Center McKissick Theater.

Abstract. There is a wide-spread awareness in our culture that women do not pursue careers in mathematics-related fields in equal numbers to men. Researchers have examined women’s experiences within the classroom and in professional settings in an effort to understand why and how young women become alienated from mathematics. The most recent manifestation of this work looks specifically at how gender and mathematics are co-constructed in ways that do not encourage women to see themselves as mathematicians. In Hottinger’s talk she examines the relationship between the construction of femininity and our cultural understanding of mathematics and then considers Danica McKeller’s best-selling mathematics primers for middle- and high-school girls. With content that reflects stereotypical femininity and a book design that echoes teen magazines, McKeller intends for her books to make mathematics more appealing to girls. In what way might McKellar’s books reinforce the cultural divide between femininity and mathematics? Or do these books create the possibility of multiple gendered subject positions in mathematics?

Dr. Hottinger conducts cultural studies of mathematics, feminist epistemology and science. She is the author of the book “Inventing the Mathematician: Gender, Race, and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics.” Her TIGERS ADVANCE lecture – sponsored by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and the Clemson Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics – will explore how our ideas about mathematics shape our individual and cultural relationship to the field. This lecture is open to faculty, staff, and students.

Clemson University Child Development Center Groundbreaking

Clemson will break ground at the future site of the Clemson University Child Development Center, Friday, February 8, 1:45-2:15pm. The center will be an on-campus child care facility and is expected to open in 2020. Some history and information about the center can be found here.

University calendar entry

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Saturday 26 January 2019, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Clemson University, Cooper Library Room 200B

Registration page

Instructor: Dr. Marie A. Vitulli
Professor Emerita, University of Oregon
2019 Fellow of the AWM

Director, Women in Math Web Project
Winner, 2017 AWM Service Award
2014 AWM-MAA Etta Z. Falconer Lecturer

Edit-A-Thon poster
Meet-up page

Gender bias in Wikipedia is well documented. As of 05 Dec 2018, only 17.75% of the biographies in Wikipedia are about women. In addition, biographies of women tend to be “less extensive” and “to overuse words relating to gender and family”. Furthermore, it is estimated that less than 16% of Wikipedia editors are women; the estimation is so rough because women editors frequently decline to identify their gender or lie about it, in part, to avoid online harassment. Wikipedia also suffers from racial bias. Less seems to be known about other biases in Wikipedia.

The broadest goal of this event is to contribute to the reduction of bias in Wikipedia. Participants will receive hands-on training about editing and creating wikipedia pages with an eye toward increasing visibility of underrepresented groups on Wikipedia, especially in the mathematical and statistical sciences. By the end of the edit-a-thon, participants will edit and/or create at least one wikipedia biography.

Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Vitulli will present “Algebra and Geometry Throughout History: A Symbiotic Relationship” in Clemson’s Distinguished Speaker Series on Friday 25 January at 10:10AM in the Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium

Lecture poster

Before the Edit-A-Thon

  • Register
  • If you have time, research a topic: suggestions (red-list) from Women in Red. Otherwise, Prof. Vitulli is preparing small helpful edit-projects for participants to work on.
  • Create a Wikipedia account. Note that new Wikipedia editors won’t be able to publish new pages until their accounts are at least 4 days old and they’ve made at least 10 edits.
  • Bring a laptop (or let us know if you need help with this)



Sponsors (listed alphabetically)