For this year’s International Women’s Day, I’d like to share some of the women archaeologists whose Wikipedia pages I’ve been working on recently as part of the Women’s Classical Committee’s #WCCWiki editing project. We edit pages and create new ones to improve the representation of women and non-binary people in classics, archaeology, and ancient history on Wikipedia – since this is one of the most-visited websites in existence, having a (good) page makes a huge difference in how visible a subject is online, but Wikipedia unfortunately is subject to all the same biases as the rest of the world when it comes to gender balance. For some data on how #WCCWiki is making a difference, see this post: in 2016, before the project’s foundation, just 7% of articles about classicists were about women; now it’s up to 18% (so a vast improvement, but still a long way to go…).
Last year I wrote about some Greek archaeologists I was focusing on during my time in Greece, since another bias that plays into English-language writing about archaeology in Greece is a tendency to focus more on some of the English and American archaeologists working there rather than the Greeks. I’ve been carrying on with that theme, so when the archaeologist and curator Evi Stasinopoulou-Touloupa (Έβη Στασινοπούλου-Τουλούπα) passed away in October 2021, I created a page for her.Continue reading “International Women’s Day 2022: Women archaeologists on Wikipedia”