I have been a little hesitant to publish an entry to this blog, but it can’t be put off forever, so I’m just going to go for it.
My name is Sophie and I’m currently studying at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I’m an exchange student from Germany, so I’ll only be in Geneva for the fall semester and decided to take a few courses that would not be available in that form in my home country, including ‘Feminist Theory’ with Professor Bayer which is the reason why I’m writing this article.
We were given the assignment to use Wiki to work on already published articles related to feminist issues. So far I’ve been looking at articles about and related to inequality in the workplace and specifically the gender pay gap. It is one of the more apparent ways that inequality is evident in modern societies and I don’t think it’s being addressed honestly enough on Wiki as the article only mentions discrimination in a few short phrases.
Publishing an actual edit to an existing article on Wiki has felt a little intimidating and as soon as I pressed ‘save changes’ I somehow expected all the previous contributors of the article to magically appear in my room and reign hellfire down on me. Surprisingly enough that didn’t happen and it actually started feeling pretty good to have contributed something, even if it’s just a small sentence.
Additionally, I plan on editing the German wiki article regarding the Equal Rights Amendment on my own time and mention it in other articles to make it more visible to people. I’m very sure that almost no one in Germany knows that the American constitution does not guarantee equal rights for women and I feel that it Wiki would be a good way to educate people about that.
I’m hoping to become more confident in writing on here and on Wiki in the coming weeks.