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Welcome to Women in Red (WiR)! We are a group of editors of all genders living around the world and writing in 24 different language Wikipedias. Our WikiProject focuses on creating content regarding women. The objective is to turn "redlinks" associated with women into blue ones. That's why we are called "Women in Red".

We recognized a need for this work as in October 2014 only 15.53% of the English Wikipedia's biographies were about women. Founded in July 2015, WiR strives to increase the percentage, which has reached 18.09% as of 4 November 2019. But that means, according to WHGI, only 301,743 of our 1,668,079 biographies are about women. Not impressed? "Content gender gap" is a form of systemic bias, and WiR addresses it in a positive way through shared values.

We take an inclusive view towards subject matter, editors, and language communities:

  • Subject matter: If the subject of the article self-identifies as a woman—binary and/or non-binary and/or other—that person is included within the scope of Women in Red. Click on our Redlinks index to see our lists of missing articles by focus area, occupation and nationality. Like everything else on Wikipedia, this is incomplete, so feel free to add to our crowd-sourced lists items which are pertinent to our scope (women's biographies, women's works, women's issues).
  • Editors: We do not focus on the gender of the editor. Anyone/everyone is welcome to be a member, participant, enthusiast of Women in Red. If you participate in WiR, you can join up officially using the box in the top right-hand corner of this page. You are also welcome to add our userbox template {{User WikiProject Women in Red}} to your user page, to produce:
Women in Red logo.svg This user makes women blue.
  • Language communities: While Women in Red began on English Wikipedia, it is an international commitment with dozens of other language communities. Please add a link to your language's coordination page here.

Learn more about our work, including Press and Research »

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  • On 11 November, Inter-Allied Women's Conference, for which SusunW has been responsible for 95% of the development since she created it last January, was raised to FA status. It is the first article under Women in Red to have reached the ultimate class. Let's hope it will serve as an inspiration for more of the same.--Ipigott (talk) 13:16, 15 November 2019 (UTC)
  • On November 16, an edithon on women journalists will be held in New York City under Take The Lead. Details, including the names of 74 women journalists yet to be included on Wikipedia, are given here. You are welcome to participate remotely too.--Ipigott (talk) 13:22, 15 November 2019 (UTC)
  • The second round of our three-month stub contest started on 1 November. Each month (October, November, December) recognition is given to the winners of each of the two sections, one for new stubs, the other for enhancing existing stubs. The contest is open to all providing they have registered as members of Women in Red. The winners in October were Dawnleelynn with 50 new stubs and SWP13 with 8 destubbed articles.--Ipigott (talk) 08:59, 1 November 2019 (UTC)


This section is a transcluded subpage, and may contain more information than is shown here. To view or edit, go to /Events.

Continuing global coverage

  • In addition to our monthly editathons, you can cover women in any sphere of interest by taking part in our continuing #1day1woman initiative.

Special initiative for 2019

  • Throughout the year, we will be maintaining month-by-month interest in our Focus on Suffrage initiative.

Continuing in November and December

  • Stub contest. Each month (October, November, December) recognition will be given to the winners of each of the two sections, one for new stubs, the other for enhancing existing stubs. The contest is open to all providing they have registered as members of Women in Red.

Happening now

Women journalists editathon

Coming up

  • December 2019:

Recently completed

Previous events

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Lists of red links

WiR works by filling in missing articles based on extensive lists of needed topics. The index to our wide range of topics and nationalities can be found at the Redlist index. Please make these red links blue. Notable women without a Wikipedia biography can be added to any crowd-sourced redlists they match; and added to wikidata such that they're included in wikidata-derived redlists. We also have a guide to adding names to redlists.

Article alerts

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Women for articles about women that are nominated for deletion.

This section is a transcluded subpage, and may contain more information than is shown here. To view or edit, go to /Article alerts.
Note: This report is based on the {{WIR}} banners of WikiProject Women in Red. If an article isn't listed here, first verify that it has one of those banners. If it has another women-related banner, like {{WikiProject Women}} or {{WikiProject Women scientists}}, look on those projects' article alert pages instead.

Did you know

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Articles for deletion

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Proposed deletions

Good article nominees

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Requests for comments

Peer reviews

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Declined drafts

Thanks firstly to Ronhjones, and now to Galobtter, we have a bot showing declined drafts submitted to AfC. Weekly updates highlight those most recently listed under New Additions. With a little bit of attention, some of them could well be moved to mainspace, encouraging the editors who created them to progress on Wikipedia.

Resources and research

WiR maintains resources to help you contribute, including lists of topical books and external links, information on editing in general, and contacts you can reach out to for specific needs. They can be found at Resources.

Academic research on Wikipedia's content gender gap is also documented at Research.


This section is a transcluded subpage, containing more information than is shown here. To view detailed month-by-month results or to edit, go to Metrics.

The articles created for any month, including the current month, can be displayed by clicking on one of the months in the archive box.

We track the articles we create each month. Reports bot updates these lists automatically, but you can manually add and annotate entries. The bot will remove non-existent pages. More details about the bot. Our metrics talkpage is here: Metrics talkpage

The evolving list for this month (see Archives box) is created by the bot which lists new women's biographies on the basis of their female gender on Wikidata. At present, the bot does not list women's works, associations or related articles but you are encouraged to add these to the list manually. A WiR Wikidata page provides information on how you can help ensure WiR metrics are up-to-date.

The graph shows the number of articles created each month. The apparent decrease for the current month reflects the number of articles created up to today's date. Only data on completed months indicate overall progress. Annual totals at a glance are:

  • 2015 (project was established in July): 11,599
  • 2016: 27,951
  • 2017: 27,777
  • 2018: 26,550
  • January to July 2019: 14,480
  • Grand total: 108,357


WiR is amazing and has way too much to showcase here. Please see Showcase for our recent and past achievements.

Recent Did You Know? blurbs

These are the 20 most recent WP:DYK entries for WiR. Updated approximately weekly by User:JL-Bot.

Transcluding 20 of 1227 total


There has been considerable press coverage of WiR. Below are some recent articles. To add articles to the list, visit Press.

  • "Most Wikipedia profiles are about men - these women in Australia are hoping to change that". SBS News. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  • “Inclusipedia” brings underrepresented people of Boulder to light, article by Isabella Fincher, CuiIndependent, 25 May 2019
  • Seeking Equality—One Biography at a Time, Kochi Post, 8 May 2019, Ardra Manasi
  • Male scientists are often cast as lone geniuses. Here’s what happened when a woman was., Vox article by Brian Resnick, 16 April 2019.
  • Wikipedia Isn’t Officially a Social Network. But the Harassment Can Get Ugly, by Julia Jacobs, New York Times, 8 April 2019.
  • Why we need to address the digital divide if we want to foster more democratic societies, OuiShare
  • Why policymakers need to tackle the digital gender gap, Open Global Rights
  • Students inspired by York University Libraries make impressive edits to Wikipedia, by Katrina Cohen-Palacios, yFile: York University News, 26 March 2019
  • RIT Libraries hosts Women on Wikipedia Edit-a-thon March 22, by Susan Gawlowicz, Rochester Institute of Technology News, 21 March 2019
  • Event at RIT aims to improve online gender equity, by Beth Adams, WXXI News, 19 March 2019
  • Wiki women: Volunteers add female and non-binary artists to Wikipedia, CBC, 15 March 2019
  • Boulder Group is Rewriting History One Wikipedia Article at a Time, by Daliah Singer, 5280, 15 March 2019
  • Libraries’ day-long Wiki Edit-a-thon to help shrink gender gap, by Jill Shockey, Penn State News, 15 March 2019
  • Cornell Celebrates International Women’s Day with Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, by Chantal Raguin, The Cornell Daily Sun, 10 March 2019
  • Edit-a-thon aims to give recognition to more women, arts on Wikipedia, by Alexsandra Coltun Schneider, Daily Bruin, 11 March 2019
  • ICA holds ‘Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon’ to increase female, gender non-binary representation online, by Jennifer Suryadjaja, The Daily Free Press, 7 March 2019 Wikipedia ‘Edit-a-Thon’ translates Spanish entries on Latin artists], by Jesenia De Moya Correa, The Inquirer, 6 March 2019
  • Fine Arts Library to Host Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, University of Arkansas News, 4 March 2019
  • Wikipedia ‘Edit-a-Thon’ translates Spanish entries on Latin artists, by Jesenia De Moya Correa, The Inquirer, 6 March 2019
  • UNC libraries give feminism a voice with Wikipedia edit-a-thon, by Ava Eucker, The Daily Tar Heel, 3 May 2019
  • UNLV hosts feminist 'edit-a-thon' on Wikipedia, by Jesse Stiller, CampusReform, 26 February 2019
  • Women scientists being whitewashed from Wikipedia, by Ewan McAndrew, Siobhan O’Connor, Dr Sara Thomas and Dr Alice White in The Scotsman, 12 March 2019
  • Volunteers work to bolster Canadian women's biographies on Wikipedia, by Paul Chiasson, the Canadian Press, 8 March 2019
  • The Royal Society are shouting out diversity champions on National Science Day - and we feature - Victuallers (talk) 15:21, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Happy 18th birthday, Wikipedia. Let’s celebrate the Internet’s good grown-up., by Stephen Harrison, The Washington Post, 14 January 2019
  • From Chinese spies to award-winning geologists, we’re making women visible on Wikipedia, by Ewan McAndrew, Sioban O'Connor, Sara Thomas and Alice White, New Statesman, 8 January 2019


Academic papers on gender bias in Wikipedia (as recorded in Wikidata) are listed in Scholia.

To include a paper, create an item about it on Wikidata (check first to avoid duplicates) and give it main subject (P921) = gender bias on Wikipedia (Q17002416).

External links

  • Women in Red on Twitter
  • Interest in women's history began much earlier than is assumed, Phys Org, August 25, 2015
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