WikiWomen

  1. Digital archivist brings forgotten stories to light on Wikipedia

    Photograph courtesy of Shalor Toncray.

    “There are so many people who have sunk into obscurity and had their stories forgotten. We can’t put all of them on Wikipedia, but we can work on ensuring that we do what we can.”... Read more

  2. Community digest: Spanish Wikipedia’s Women in Architecture helps address the gender gap; news in brief

    Photo by Socius gGmbh for Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.,CC BY-SA 4.0.

    Women are rarely found in architecture history books, and this bias has been transposed onto Wikipedia. Women in Architecture is a new working group on the Spanish Wikipedia that aims at changing this. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes a meeting for the partnerships and resource development group, foundation board updates, and more.... Read more

  3. Writing women into Wikipedia with the United Nations: the #HERstory editathons

    Photo by BrillLyle, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    One editor published her first Wikipedia article at a Cairo #HERstory editathon. “I attended without having a clue about what should I do or how to write on Wikipedia,” she said. “I can’t wait to write more.”... Read more

  4. Remembering Adrianne Wadewitz

    Photo by Sage Ross, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    “Men can be a champion for women. I know that, for example, a lot of feminists have said ‘no they can’t,’ that that’s not a good thing, that actually women should be the people championing women’s own causes. But I don’t think that there should be such a division. There should be people arguing for women, right, not just women arguing for women and men arguing for men... Read more

  5. Funding projects and pizza with Wikimedia Foundation grants: meet Emily Temple-Wood

    Video by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    Veteran editor Emily Temple-Wood focuses on medical articles and improving Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists. She’s found the ideal method of attracting newcomers to events and workshops: Lots of pizza.... Read more

  6. Wikipedia is better equipped to deal with systemic bias than traditional publishers

    Photo by Smallbones, public domain.

    In 2010, two artists contacted Taschen, a book publisher, to point out that out of 97 volumes published in their Basic Art series, only five included women. Like the Basic Art series, Wikipedia serves an introductory audience, and in this particular area, Wikipedia succeeds where Taschen has not.... Read more

  7. Editing the Uzbek Wikipedia: Kamarniso Vrandečić

    Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek. Since 2007, she has made over 5,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project. Photo by Karen Sayre, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek.
    Since 2007, she has made over 7,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project.... Read more

  8. A Wikipedian-in-Residence and the US government join forces to share knowledge on occupational safety and health

    The sun sets behind a pump jack in Texas. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is involved in researching safety for oil rig workers, who carry out risky jobs in dangerous environments. Photo by NIOSH, public domain

    The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been working with a Wikipedian-in-Residence to improve Wikimedia content on occupational safety and health.... Read more

  9. Editing Wikipedia as community service in Mexico

    A Mexican student shares her experience editing Wikipedia as part of her community service, working with other students and the Wiki Learning team at Tec de Monterrey university (Maria is standing fourth from the left). Photo by Thelmadatter, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

    A Mexican student shares her experience editing Wikipedia for her “servicio social” requirement, working with the Wiki Learning team at Tec de Monterrey University. It was more than just an assignment for her: it was an opportunity for personal and professional growth, as well as a way to positively impact her community. ... Read more

  10. Meet the Inspire grantees working to increase gender diversity on Wikimedia

    The Inspire campaign aims to increase gender diversity on Wikimedia. Graphic by Vpseudo, free licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

    The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce a new group of grantees working to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects. 16 new projects will receive funding to engage women and allies around the world to improve Wikipedia’s coverage and quality — as well as research and experiment with new ways to support gender diversity on Wikimedia projects.... Read more