Women

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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Group photo of the first Editatona in Mexico City's Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir. Photo by Lulu.barrera, CC BY-SA 4.0.

The Editatona: Helping women edit Wikipedia in Mexico

The Editatona is an edit-a-thon for women only. Wikimedia Mexico is developing this new program to engage more women to participate on Wikimedia. Here are the results of their first two events this year.

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Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon in Madrid, Spain. Events like these took place around the world on International Women's Day, to increase gender diversity on Wikipedia. 
Photo by Carlos Delgado, CC BY-SA 4.0

Art+Feminism Events on International Women’s Day

Over 75 edit-a-thons were hosted worldwide, to increase gender diversity on Wikipedia — and improve articles about women in the arts, feminism and gender.

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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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The Medieval Women Edit-a-thon at Swansea University focused on women’s access to justice in Wales, Britain and Ireland.
Photo of editors at work by Swansea University, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

First Welsh university edit-a-thon creates new articles on medieval women

The Medieval Women Edit-a-thon at Swansea University focused on women’s access to justice in Wales, Britain and Ireland. (…)

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Women participate in a FemWiki workshop in Kraljevo, to increase gender diversity on the Serbian Wikipedia. These events help them form friendships, share advice and support each other to write more articles about women and gender issues.
Photo by BoyaBoBoya, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Serbian women edit Wikipedia together in new FemWiki project

The FemWiki project invites women to collaborate to increase gender diversity on the Serbian Wikipedia. Regular workshops help them form friendships, share advice and support each other to write more articles about women and gender issues. (…)

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We are more than our sex and more than our gender, and many users want more nuanced options for identifying themselves online. Andrógino by Ismael Nery. Public Domain.

Gender as a text field: What Wikipedia can learn from Facebook

We are more than our sex and more than our gender, and many users want more nuanced options for identifying themselves online. (…)

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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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Women contributors collaborate to edit Wikipedia in an Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon in New York City.
Events like these help increase gender diversity on Wikimedia projects.
Photo by Michael Mandiberg, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Join a Wikipedia edit-a-thon near you for International Women’s Day

To increase coverage of women and gender diversity on Wikipedia, over 75 different edit-a-thons will be held around the world (…)

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