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Malala Yousafzai is one of the inspiring women recommended by our community for this month's search for high-quality women's biographies. The youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, she is a human rights advocate for education and for women in Pakistan.  Photo by Russell Watkins, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-2.0.

15 women who made a difference

Here are our favorite biographies of women on Wikipedia, suggested by community and team members. The articles we selected together feature 15 women who made important contributions in the arts, sciences, business and politics. We hope you will find their life stories as inspiring as we do.

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Video game developer Elonka Dunin is a multilingual Wikipedia editor with a knack for cryptology. Photo by Suzy Gorman, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5

Discovering a community through cryptology: Elonka Dunin

Video game developer Elonka Dunin is a multilingual editor with a knack for cryptology. Find out how her work on unsolved codes led her to join the Wikipedia community.

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Italian fashion history is not well covered on Wikipedia. Librarian Virginia Gentilini is helping turn that around.
Photo by Victor Grigas, free licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Why Italian fashion history should be just a click away: Virginia Gentilini

Italy is a global leader in the fashion industry. But Italian fashion history is not well covered on Wikipedia. Librarian Virginia Gentilini explains why. (…)

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Zinaida Good grew up in Russia, studied in Canada and started editing Wikipedia in 2008, as a college assignment. Photo by Victor Grigas, under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Meet some of the women who contribute to Wikipedia

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here are some inspiring stories of a few of the women who contribute to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects. (…)

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Rena Takiguchi learned about local politics in Togo on Wikipedia. She's pictured here in the courtyard of the Shitennō-ji temple in Osaka, Japan.
"Shitennoji Temple Photo" by Amivi1, under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Thanking Wikipedia editors for covering local politics in Togo: Rena Takiguchi

Rena Takiguchi, a native of Japan, says that she would have been consumed with worry for her friends in Togo, if it were not for the Wikipedia article about the Togolese presidential election in 2010. She learned more about this event on Wikipedia than from other sources. (…)

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A US postmark from Whitby, Virginia confirms that this forgotten coal town once existed.
Postmark is public domain.

Putting forgotten coal towns back on the map: Mark Combs

Mark Combs has been documenting small towns using Wikipedia, so they won’t vanish without a trace. (…)

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High school student Jack Andraka talks about how Wikipedia enabled his research to find a test for pancreatic cancer. 
Image by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

How high school student Jack Andraka used Wikipedia to research a new test for cancer

After a family member died from pancreatic cancer, high school student Jack Andraka set out to find a cure for the disease. His fast, inexpensive test may someday be used to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer. (…)

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"The Goodall family" by Simon Goodall, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Sailing the South Pacific with a copy of Wikipedia on board: The Goodall Family

The Goodall family is part of a growing number of Wikipedia users that benefit from Kiwix, an offline browser for Wikipedia. The family of five hails from the South American island of Tierra del Fuego and has been sailing across the world for the past year.

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"Suzanne Fox" by Suzanne Fox, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Creative writing using Wikipedia: Suzanne Fox

[…] Fox set her mind on writing a literary novel set in 1850s Great Britain, but found it challenging to write prolifically about an era she has never known. That’s when she turned to Wikipedia for inspiration, and found that she could relive some of the past she was looking for. […]

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"David Thomsen-274" by VGrigas (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

On Philadelphia’s birthday, a look at how it came alive on Wikipedia

Fulfilling your civic duty can mean a lot of different things. David Thomsen, a retired programmer and member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, sees it as his civic duty to get the facts straight on almost everything Philadelphia-related on Wikipedia. […]

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