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MEDIA RELEASE: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CHALLENGE WIKIPEDIA'S GENDER BIAS

The Young Workers Centre will host the first ’Herstory Hackathon’ for high school students to as part of the Women’s Rights at Work (WRAW) Festival.

Students from Northcote High School will be trained by young women from the Young Workers Centre to create or update Wikipedia articles about Australian women who have made contributions to our society but are missing from one of the most commonly used free sources of information worldwide. The students will select prominent Australian women such as politicians, scientists and athletes who are missing from Wikipedia and create articles outlining their important contributions. 

Women’s stories have been traditionally been neglected and their achievements underrecognised due to the fact that the large majority of historians are men. The team at the Young Workers Centre approached Northcote High School with the idea for the Hackathon after learning that only 1 in every 6 contributing editors to Wikipedia were female – despite Wikipedia claiming to be an open and equal platform.

Northcote High School Principal Kate Morris said “the Herstory Hackathon is a great opportunity for young women to work collaboratively and creatively whilst building practical skills that will affect change – more achievements of women featured in Wikipedia.”

These young woman are making sure great Australian women and their achievements are recognised worldwide.

Event details:

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Thursday March 10

Northcote High School

For more information:

Keelia Fitzpatrick, Young Workers Centre Coordinator: 0421 576 481

Amy Fitzgerald, Young Workers Centre Communications Organiser: 0432 056 663

 

 

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