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Artist V.L. Cox reminds alma mater that women exist

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click to enlarge V.L. Cox, artist, HSU alumna and feminist mischief maker. - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • V.L. Cox, artist, HSU alumna and feminist mischief maker.

V.L. Cox, whose artwork addresses discrimination against minorities and more specific injustices, did a little performance art this week, tinkering with a Wikipedia page to make a feminist point.

Cox discovered that under "Notable alumni" on Henderson State University's Wikipedia page not a single woman was listed. You'd think that after 127 years of existence, Cox said, HSU would have graduated at least one notable woman. Cox herself is a 1991 graduate, and her portions of her "End Hate" installation series have been on the Mall in Washington, D.C., and in a New York City gallery.

So here's what Cox did: She amended the Wikipedia page to replace every man listed under "Notable alumni" with notable women. The all-female roster now includes Jane Ross, the founder of the Ross Foundation of Arkadelphia; Delores White, a member of the first Women's Professional Baseball League that was the subject of the movie "A League of Their Own"; Kaki Hockersmith, the interior designer for the Clinton White House and Camp David who serves as a commissioner on the cultural committee of UNESCO; opera singer Irene Callaway Harrower; Martha Smith Dixon, a member of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame who designed couture gowns for Hillary Clinton. And so forth.

Cox called HSU on Monday to ask why the school's Wikipedia page entry listed only men and was told that it wasn't an official source of information. No, but folks sure read it! Cox said she hopes the men who read it now and are offended will understand how women feel when they are left out. The list should contain both great men and women Reddies, right?

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