BRA BURNING ALERT: Colleges offer credit to students who enter ‘feminist thinking’ into Wikipedia

bra burningFifteen universities worldwide — including Yale University, Brown University, and Pennsylvania State University — will offer college credit to students who “write feminist thinking” into Wikipedia.

The program, “Storming Wikipedia,” will be part of the Dialogues on Feminism and Technology online course developed by FemTechNet, an organization of feminist educators and scholars.

Students will be given course credit if they contribute the “feminist thinking” article on Wikipedia.

Approximately 300 students are currently registered for the course, Alexandra Juhasz, professor of media studies at California’s Pitzer College and one of the course facilitators, told Campus Reform Thursday.

“A woman’s point of view or feminist point of view is not yet expressed in relationship to women in technology in Wikipedia,” she said. “We hope that people engage in this project in respect to other themes as well.”

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