Often women's names, women's work and authorship are left out of environments dedicated to the declaration of humanitiy's general knowledge. Our youth depend more and more on the use of easily searchable, online databases of accumulated facts. Reputable encyclopedias that local schools and families purchased for decades systematically excluded women. With the maturation of women's history as a discipline in the 20th century, our next steps in the 21st century are to be vigilant for opportunities to deepen our collective knowledge by pointing out where women are excluded or their contributions demeaned by a casual allusion to a famous name without a full interpretative statement.

Too often we leave the problemmatizing of women's history in the closed classroom. The open environment and collective efficacy of Wikipedia allows for some self-empowerment by activist-scholars to raise the visibility of women. The debate can be moved to the "discussion" area of Wikipedia entries and the interesting aspects of what-do-we-know-about-women-and-why can be shared openly. Shane Landrum (blogger and history graduate student at Brandeis University) has started a WikiProject in Women's History. See more at her Wikipedia User Page Cliotropic

Assignments involving the Construction and/or Interpretation of "General Knowledge"