Submissions:2019/Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative

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Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative


Inclusion and Diversity

Type of session:



The American Women’s History Initiative (AWHI), which launched under the Smithsonian’s strategic goal of “Reaching 1 billion people with a digital-first strategy” in late 2017, is the institution’s most comprehensive undertaking to research, document, collect, and share the stories of American women. One of AWHI’s key goals is to produce more digital resources and collections that tell the story of women from multiple cultural backgrounds, as well as individuals along the spectrum of female identification. Smithsonian collections span history, art, culture, technology, and science, and the methods and standards for describing them are as diverse as the museums, research centers, libraries, and archives in its care, so even answering the question of what the Smithsonian holds is complicated. This presentation will address our common problems as a Movement and an organization in the goal of better representation of women and girls on open access sites and how we are addressing these issues internally at scale. Why Wikimedia and gender equity fits into the Smithsonian’s strategic landscape as an integral piece of our digital future will serve as a foundational component of this co-led talk.

Some critical issues include:

  • Volunteer and community organizing within the GLAM space
  • How Wikimedia fits in GLAM strategy as trusted digital resources
  • Uncovering women's history within cultural heritage organizations
  • Developing a Wikimedia strategic landscape within GLAMs - especially around gender equity

Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

Kelly Doyle

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:


Affiliated organization(s):

Wikimedia DC

Estimated time:

20 minutes

Preferred room size:


Special requests:


Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

Jointly with Effie Kapsalis, Wikimania 2019. However, I have additional learnings to share

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)