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  • identify sponsors and/or WikiProject hosts
  • create list of potential participants, including active editors from the area(s) to be covered
  • create editathon banner
  • create/find editathon icon
  • develop the WiR redlist, find related redlink lists
  • create meetup page, completing sections on
  • "Add these to articles" (stub templates, applicable categories, useful lists)
  • "Add these to article talkpages" (WikiProject banners, editathon banner for the event)
  • create the invite
  • distribute the invite
  • develop social media campaign (FB, Twitter)
  • We haven't been doing this but it would be great if we had a social media volunteer
  • add Authority Control if missing to all the articles created during the event
  • double-check each article for categories
  • double-check each article for talkpage banners
  • create the thank you and/or barnstar
  • develop a list of contributors (overlaps to some degree with registered participants)
  • distribute the thank you and/or barnstar after the event to the contributors
  • create Wikidata entry if none exists

February 2018

Black history Month

I'm being bold and putting it on the calendar because it is historically a really successful editathon. SusunW (talk) 20:49, 15 September 2017 (UTC)

Great. This is one I tend to collect ideas for all year since I know it's always coming up in Feb.Alafarge (talk) 19:10, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Geofocus: Island women

What about islands—just in general? Any island would do and as they are spread all over the globe, might allow broad participation. SusunW (talk) 20:06, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
Love this idea. --Rosiestep (talk) 10:09, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

Mathematicians and statisticians

Being bold and adding here per conversation in February's consensus subsection. --Rosiestep (talk) 17:54, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

  • Women mathematicians and Erdos One and AFd.[1] --Rosiestep (talk) 20:58, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

Final consensus on February

@Rosiestep, Victuallers, Megalibrarygirl, and SusunW: Reading through the above, it looks as if the priorities for February are Black women (or maybe Women of color on which there is an evolving article), Boundbreakers and Island women. I mu|||st say I am not at all familiar with the term "boundbreaker" and cannot find it in any dictionary. It is not to be found anywhere on Wikipedia. Perhaps we can find another term. As for island women, should it be for islands anywhere in the world or should we be more specific? We should try to sort this out quickly as we now need to prepare the editathon pages, etc.--Ipigott (talk) 11:21, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Further to the above, how about Women making a difference, which seems to be well covered in a number of sources. We would also need a redlist.--Ipigott (talk) 11:31, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Can't help with "boundbreakers". The second one fits in with Black History Month which the wiki says is African heritage so that seems defined (ish). Island women could include Britain, but I'm guessing it is ones with "island" in the title... so it would exclude larger ones like Cuba. Not sure this helps. Victuallers (talk) 13:51, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
It's Black History Month so I think we stick with Black women. People of color includes any non-caucasian, which doesn't fit the profile we've done in the past, but that's just my opinion and I'll go with consensus. Boundbreakers to my mind are activists, and those pushing for change, we have lists on Activists already but for those striving for change in other ways, we'd need a list. Islands (actually I was not thinking of Britain since we just did it, but anywhere. Lot's of lists Caribbean 1, Caribbean 2, Cuba, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Greenland, Haiti, Hong Kong, Iceland Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Madagascar, Malta, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Taiwan. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SusunW (talkcontribs) January 19, 2018 (UTC)
If Boundbreakers refers to Activists, and activists are part of our Art+Feminism scope in March (historically, we've included them), would it make sense to incorporate Boundbreakers in our March offering instead? --Rosiestep (talk) 16:49, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
Rosiestep: Yes, I think "Boundbreakers" or influential women activists could well be included in March. We would need to refer to them on the editathon page. But then we would need a second focus for February. Would it be too soon to target Mathematicians and statisticians? There seems to be considerable interest. As for islands, I think countries such as Japan and New Zealand could well be a future geofocus in their own right. After all the preparatory work SusunW has done, perhaps we could concentrate on Women of the Caribbean Islands.--Ipigott (talk) 11:53, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott, SusunW, Megalibrarygirl, and Victuallers: IMO, island women in general is ok for Feb as it offers the greatest flexibility to our members. Japan, for example, is part of Wiki Asia Month so every November, it's part of our offerings. I'd be supportive of moving Boundbreakers (and activists) to March -I think that's a good fit- and targeting 'Mathematicians and statisticians' in Feb instead, particularly because of the recent media coverage. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:20, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
OK. I'll prepare the editathon pages and the invitation today or tomorrow.--Ipigott (talk) 15:43, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Works for me. I had proposed "Boundbreakers" initially for March back when I first commented on the thread, as it seemed a natural fit. Mathematicians is fine. SusunW (talk) 16:14, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for getting the pages together, Ipigott I can check them and then send out the invite. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:57, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

March 2018


I'm being bold and adding it on the calendar as it's successful and popular and I like supporting other editing communities (WP:Art+Feminism) in the wiki universe. --Rosiestep (talk) 04:49, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

Thumbs up! Alafarge (talk) 19:10, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Women's Image Drive

Adding Women's Image Drive, a m:Whose Knowledge? campaign, and looking to @Seeeko: for more information when it becomes available. We're already documenting new images in our Outcomes section for each event, so this won't require much more work on our part. --Rosiestep (talk) 22:37, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Boundbreakers / Women Making a Difference

@Rosiestep, SusunW, Megalibrarygirl, and Victuallers:: I am new to participating in EditAhons, so I am going to jump in the deep end here.

What about the idea of Boundbreakers: Women making a difference? With so many women making a difference currently in the news, it is a great topic: women speaking up and making a difference, women advocates, CNN heroes, women boundbreakers in their local communities, female college students making a difference at their Universities, women immigrants making a difference. I could not find this category in my initial research, so it may have been done recenlty.

I am enjoying working on Geofocus: UK and Ireland. What about Geofocus: California somewhere down the line? For only being around for a little over 250 years, there have been a lot of notable women from California. MauraWen (talk) 15:02, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the ideas and your contributions. Boundbreakers sounds interesting. I did an editathon last March with the title of "Rolemodels". This managed to include many boundary breakers. In retrospect I with I'd chosen something more specific as it included nearly everyone. A geofocus of California should work well. There is a WikipediaLA group and I can think of at least two very notable Wikipedians who live in that area. There are a couple of our members who have written articles on "Women of the Century" which is a 19C open source book that can be freely copied from. Our "list people" should be able to supply lists of people born or who died in an area. I'm sure others will offer more ... Victuallers (talk) 15:57, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
I think this is a great topic, but probably not for February, as the schedule is already pretty packed. We usually cover activists in March along with art + feminism, which might work well, or September seems the next most likely date on the calendar. SusunW (talk) 17:17, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
I like the Boundbreakers idea, MauraWen. Maybe for May? Megalibrarygirl (talk) 19:14, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
Scratch that... maybe July is best. The rest seem full. :( Megalibrarygirl (talk) 19:15, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
Whatever you think is best. Its been fun to think of possible new topics. MauraWen (talk) 19:42, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
@MauraWen, SusunW, Megalibrarygirl, and Victuallers: I think it's a cool idea. We could move 20th-Century Women to July and do Boundbreakers in Feb if you like. :) --Rosiestep (talk) 21:16, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm good with whatever month for whichever topic, just think that if we do more than 3 per month, it gets too difficult to monitor. SusunW (talk) 21:22, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
@MauraWen, SusunW, Megalibrarygirl, and Victuallers: - So I was bold and moved 20-c Women to July. Boundbreakers for Feb! --Rosiestep (talk) 23:20, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
@Rosiestep, SusunW, Megalibrarygirl, and Victuallers: I am very excited! And curious to see how the topic will be defined, as it is a broad one. I like the idea of including women who are being called "Silence Breakers" Thx MauraWen (talk) 23:35, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott, SusunW, Megalibrarygirl, Victuallers, and Rosiestep: Thanks Ian. Women's History Month is perfect. Women activists who are involved with the Boundbreakers: MeToo, Time's Up movement, etc. could be highlighted as a sub group of activists or should they have their own separate group and redlist? I am happy to help, but would like to hear from more experienced editors on the best way to include these topical groups and courageous women on the March editathon page. MauraWen (talk) 14:36, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
MauraWen both of those events are really recent, so you are going to run into recentism as a problem, unless the participants have a history of social activism. You can add names of participants to either Me Too movement or Time's Up (movement) if there are not enough sources at this time for a stand alone article, which requires sufficient sources over time. We need to make sure we have links to confirm notability for the names on the list. My personal opinion is that they are activists, no matter what their cause, but I have no problem with either a separate list or marking them as the first one to bring an issue to light. Apparently in the US there was a NPR program in 2016 which focused on boundbreakers [2], which might be rich fodder for pulling names. If you decide how to do the list, I'm happy to add names as I can between writing articles on black island women ;) SusunW (talk) 15:22, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
SusunW. Thanks for explaining recentism. I had not heard of that term before. I now understand what the issues/problems are with these new topics and women in the news. MauraWen (talk) 15:56, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, recentism is a problem, Rosiestep. If something is new, there has to be a TON of coverage about the subject. And I mean a TON in high profile reliable sources, otherwise the article will end up at AfD and at best, be considered TOOSOON. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 19:34, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
For this reason, many editors avoid BLPs. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:12, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
@Megalibrarygirl and Rosiestep: All those acronyms! I am going to be busy tonight learning more about how Wikipedia works. Thanks! MauraWen (talk)
MauraWen AfD=Articles for Deletion; TooSoon means not enough time has passed to see if there is lasting notability; BLP=Biography of Living Persons. Maybe this will also help Primer for AfD, AfC and PROD. (and yes, the acronyms are overwhelming. When I first started on Wikipedia I was so ready to pull my hair out. Still don't know what a lot of them mean ;) SusunW (talk) 00:02, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
@SusunW and MauraWen: I still have to look up a lot of acronyms. However, I'm involved in the AfD process a lot, so I'm used to those. Sorry for not spelling them out or linking to them. It can be overwhelming here at Wikipedia, but that's why it's important to reach out to each other so we can support and help one another's work. We all have areas we're really good at and we can compliment each other to make a great body of articles. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:17, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
MauraWen, wondering if you have started a page somewhere (sandbox?) on boundbreaker women's biographies, redlinks and/or bluelinks, or if there's a wiki category which you see as particularly pertinent. This would compliment developing a Wikidata-generated list. --Rosiestep (talk) 18:39, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
Rosiestep, No, I have not and that is a good idea. I need to read more about recentism before I get started. I am thinking that some of the women I thought would be good candidates may not meet notability guidelines. I have also been working on Feb: Black Women. I can take a break from that tomorrow and switch gears to March's theme. I have never developed a Wikidata-generated list, so if you think I should help with that for March (who usually does that?) and there are wiki guidelines to follow, please let me know. Thx. MauraWen (talk) 19:34, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
MauraWen, I don't mean to create more work for you and it would be ok to brainstorm potential names here if you haven't already started a list. Mainly, I was trying to understand if you had a list somewhere, and if yes, could you add those names to one of our already-created crowd-sourced lists, e.g. leaders. Or do we already have Wikidata-generated lists for boundbreakers, e.g. if boundbreakers = activists? Or, is there another subcategory within Category:Women that is synonymous with Boundbreakers? Fortunately, Women in Red has a guru, a Librarian in Residence, who is a great resource for the way forward, so pinging Megalibrarygirl. In the meantime, check out all our current redlists here: {{Women in Red}}. --Rosiestep (talk) 22:30, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
" @MauraWen and Rosiestep: I'm happy to help out with redlists. :) ::Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:43, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
  • @Rosiestep, SusunW, and Megalibrarygirl: I have put together some thoughts, categories, names in my sandbox. I don't know the code/shortcut for my user sandbox, otherwise I would list it here. I am just getting started, so there are not many names.
I have been reading more about Boundbreakers, including the NPR article, Boundbreakers:People who make a difference:NPR and I realize now that Boundbreakers is too broad of a term for me. The NPR article includes boundbreakers who are "building a better bike lane and write about the environmental impact of food". When I first mentioned Boundbreakers, I was thinking more of women activists: womens' march organizers, political activists, silence breakers, corporate whistleblowers, middle eastern women demanding basic rights like driving.
I am very interested in women who risk their lives, jobs, and reputations in order to make a difference. I am also interested in women who get laws changed or have a major impact in improving the lives of minorities or more vulnerable populations. I would love to see a Women Activists by Category page along with the existing Women Activist by Country Page. This would be a subject/page that I would happy to research and add names to on a regular basis.
Can we highlight Women Activists in March (because they are in the news), either in the initial Welcome section or by giving Women activists their own crowd-sourced list line (by category and by country) in the Redlist section?
Rosie had mentioned blue-links. I assume you mean existing articles. Please let me know if I create my own list or go to a special page to work on blue-links. MauraWen (talk) 14:52, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
MauraWen I too am fascinated by women who changed the world, particularly those who changed laws. Doris Stevens was one of my first GA (Good Articles) because she actually changed international laws to grant women their own citizenship. Voting is all well and good, but if one isn't actually in control of their own public identity, they are denied the ability to fully participate. This category Category:Activists by issue might help you find blue lists (existing article lists) to work on. The Category system for women activists in really not very effective, but we have lots of trouble adding categories to the existing scheme from people who believe that women claiming their own space ghettoizes them. The list Rosie linked to above on activists cannot be altered (well it can, but a bot will change it back) as it is pulling names from other Wikiprojects, like French WP, Spanish WP, etc. This list Crowd sourced can be altered in any way you want to change it. Again, I would recommend that you provide several RS (reliable sources) to confirm the notability of any name on a redlist. That way, they are less likely to end up at AfD (Articles for Deletion). SusunW (talk) 16:22, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
So happy to work with you, MauraWen. I am VERY fond of women activists myself, especially suffrage movement and earlier. I am interested in them as individuals as well as their organizations and periodicals in a time when everything (communication, educational opportunities, travel to meetings/conferences, family planning, personal time) was so different. I've written articles about many of them, but the one who haunts me is from a later time period, Deolinda Rodríguez de Almeida, "Mother of the Angolan Revolution", who, before her prison execution, was tortured and dismembered alive.
I see what you mean about defining "boundbreakers", but perhaps "activists, broadly-construed" comes close; see Category:Activists for more ideas. If you agree, then the Women in Red crowd-sourced activist list which SusunW mentioned is the best place to add names of missing women boundbreakers, while your User:MauraWen/sandbox is a good place to continue fleshing out ideas, categories, etc., too. For the last few years, every March, Women in Red works on "activists" so I'm excited to see what gets produced in 2018! --Rosiestep (talk) 17:13, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
Oh and MauraWen, Rosiestep's comment reminded me that the scope of WiR (and March's program specifically) includes women and their works, which also means notable protests, organizations, etc. On the more recent events, it may be that the individuals have not yet established notability for WP purposes, but the events have. You can definitely add events to the activist list and organizations to this list. SusunW (talk) 17:24, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

April 2018

Art+Feminism (continued)

Around April 1st, we expect to get a list of March in-person events A+F participants and will invite them to continue their participation in April through Women in Red as a virtual event. We'll see how this recruitment effort goes. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:18, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

Women in military history

A suggestion has been made here that there should be a drive on military history in March, including participation of Women in Red. Should this be combined with Women's History Month or would it be more effective to leave it as an editathon focus for a later month, say April? (cc: AustralianRupert, Dumelow).--Ipigott (talk) 10:06, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

I replied over at the mil hist page but I would be happy with an April date - Dumelow (talk) 11:39, 5 January 2018 (UTC)
I love the idea of women in military history! (many redlinks, see List of female Heroes of the Soviet Union). Needs to be done. :)--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 21:34, 5 January 2018 (UTC)
Looking at the discussion on the link, it appears that most participants prefer April. Should we just move it to that month? SusunW (talk) 05:41, 6 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for providing that link PlanespotterA320. I have added the missing articles to the red link page, now in excess of 700 redlinks ready for creation! Let me know if there are any similar articles we can cull redlinks from, or feel free to add them to our list - Dumelow (talk) 12:53, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

Now scheduled for April.--Ipigott (talk) 10:36, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

G'day, from a Milhist perspective, we have started work on the drive infrastructure here: Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/April 2018 Milhist Backlog Drive. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 11:41, 7 January 2018 (UTC)
AustralianRupert: Your G'day sounds very much like the Danish "Goddag". This all looks very good. Last time we worked on only 19 articles. We'll have to try to improve on that in April. Can we name you as the military history facilitator when we create our editathon page?--Ipigott (talk) 16:25, 7 January 2018 (UTC)
G'day, yes that's fine. Probably best to list all the Milhist co-ords, though, as we are a team and sometimes with my work I have to fly interstate at short notice. I'm pretty sure I will be on deck throughout April, but it is definitely best for alternate comms to be listed. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 01:20, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

Women in archaeology

Tentatively scheduled for April. See here.--Ipigott (talk) 10:42, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

I'm definitely in on this one. SusunW (talk) 13:59, 6 January 2018 (UTC)
It occurs to me that this could also include archaeological and anthropological illustrators. SusunW (talk) 17:42, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

May 2018

Women of the Sea

  • I found this book [3] while looking for another person. It occurred to me we had never done Women of the sea and I think it has possibilities. Could include sailors, fisherwomen? (is that a word or is the profession always called fishermen?), women who painted the sea, or even famous widow's walks. SusunW (talk) 13:55, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
  • I like it. :) --Rosiestep (talk) 14:29, 25 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Also oceanographers, marine biologists, navigators, lighthouse keepers... --Penny Richards (talk) 15:19, 30 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Love that Penny Richards. I'm being bold and putting it on the calendar for May. SusunW (talk) 17:36, 30 December 2017 (UTC)


I was thinking it would be cool to do an editathon based on the "baddies" of history. What if we found women on the "wrong side of history?" Could include criminals, but could also include people like anti-suffragettes, etc. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 23:37, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Sounds like fun! Loved worked on this one: Elizabeth Potts; wonder if I can find another gem like her. lol! --Rosiestep (talk) 23:52, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
You beat me to it - I came here to add this idea. Victuallers (talk) 09:02, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
Cool, sure, "Villians" ... makes me think of Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, my first childhood encounter with a female baddie! Definition of a villain would be "someone who committed crime, behaved unethically or immorally"?? MurielMary (talk) 09:15, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
I love this idea. Can it include fictional characters as well? --MopTop (talk) 12:24, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
I don't see why it couldn't include fictional characters and I also think paired with Women of the sea could add folks like pirates, etc. so am taking an initiative and moving it to May. SusunW (talk) 21:49, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

Team sports

@Rosiestep, Victuallers, Megalibrarygirl, and SusunW: Now we have several new WiR members interested in sports, I suggest we include women in team sports in May with emphasis on American football, baseball, basketball, cricket, handball, hockey, ice hockey, rugby and volleyball. We could try to build up redlists for each of these, calling on the assistance of our sports enthusiasts and Wikipedia:WikiProject Women's sport. On soccer, we already have Wikipedia:WikiProject Football/Women's football task force/Open tasks and our Wikidata lists on basketball, football, handball, ice hockey, rugby union and volleyball. We should be able to prepare Wikidata lists on the others. Focus on team sports should help to increase the percentage of women's biographies but we should also encourage the addition or improvement of articles on clubs, national teams, related organizations, etc. I suggest we make team sports our first focus, villains our second and women of the sea our geofocus. Then everything will fit nicely together.--Ipigott (talk) 09:42, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Support. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:29, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
Works for me. Whilst I have your the attention, I think we should consider living academics (need a better term). As you know I've been tweeting lots of new articles but the high profile profs that Wiki misses are very popular - once written. I guess this is WikiScientists and WikiClassics all in one. Victuallers (talk) 12:35, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
Not my area of expertise, but I don't see why we couldn't. Victuallers your idea needs to go on the calendar. Say in September or October or it will get lost in the comments here. SusunW (talk) 14:18, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
I'd like to see a BLP editathon in general (academics to be included, of course). It might engender more AfD convos that usual, so that would need to be taken into consideration. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:29, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
I've tentatively listed Academic staff and researchers for September. For team sports, I'll look more carefully at how we can build up our redlists. Perhaps Lugnuts has some suggestions?--Ipigott (talk) 09:23, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
Don't we already have a list of missing articles in the main template, which is then broken down into sports? I know there's a cricket list, for example. Lugnuts Fire Walk with Me 14:20, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

June 2018

Wiki Loves Pride

Given the success of Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/46, I'd like to propose WiR partnering with the annual Wiki Loves Pride campaign again next year. I know, that's a long time from now, but can we pencil in another collaboration? ---Another Believer (Talk) 16:06, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

I'm in. I was so happy to have found so many 19th century and early 20th century women's stories. Working on one more, but probably won't have her finished this month. She works for Music too, so... SusunW (talk) 19:27, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
I support this as well. Alafarge (talk) 19:11, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
Me, too. For sure, this is one of our annual events. --Rosiestep (talk) 22:27, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

Women singers/Women+Song

Also maybe women's songs, albums, hymns, choral groups, and so forth? --Rosiestep (talk) 16:12, 11 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Could include vocal teachers/coaches, songwriters, librettists, translators, ethnomusicologists too. --Penny Richards (talk) 15:22, 30 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Being bold and moving it here. --Rosiestep (talk) 17:58, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

July 2018

Geofocus: South Africa?

Wikimania will be in South Africa in July. There are currently 256 women on this redlist. If this is too narrow a scope, maybe we could do "Southern Africa" or "Sub-Saharan Africa" and include more countries? --Rosiestep (talk) 18:09, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

Women of film and stage

Actresses, directors, filmographers, costumers, playwrights... --Rosiestep (talk) 21:17, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

Being bold and moving it here. --Rosiestep (talk) 17:58, 7 January 2018 (UTC)
This might be useful [4] SusunW (talk) 15:25, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

20th-century women

How about focusing on a time period again, e.g. 20th-century? --Rosiestep (talk) 10:13, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

  • I'm good with that. We found a bunch of dictionaries for 19th-centry last year. Wonder if we can find the same for 20th? SusunW (talk) 17:36, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

August 2018

Indigenous women

I'd like to do indigenous women again for indigenous people's month. It always results in adding to our diversity. SusunW (talk) 17:40, 30 December 2017 (UTC)


I like this, but would probably change the name to Women of Marginalized Populations. "Untouchables" by its very name is stigmatizing. SusunW (talk) 16:09, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

September 2018

Academic staff and researchers

With an emphasis on living people, as suggested earlier by Victuallers.--Ipigott (talk) 09:20, 23 January 2018 (UTC) Thx Ian Victuallers (talk) 15:28, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

I think we should consider living academics (need a better term). As you know I've been tweeting lots of new articles but the high profile profs that Wiki misses are very popular - once written. I guess this is WikiScientists and WikiClassics all in one Victuallers (talk) 13:16, 22 January 2018 (UTC) See September Victuallers (talk) 15:28, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

Law + Women

The idea comes from: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Women in Red#Women in History: Lawyers and Judges. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:12, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

October 2018


Being bold with a suggestion. We could do a focus on clubwomen and the clubs, conventions and publications they've created. Also the buildings they used are often historic. I could make a list---and also see if there were similar club movements in Canada, Europe and Mexico. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 01:23, 2 February 2018 (UTC)

Sure! I think there have always been "clubs", with one name or another, where women around the world meet on a regular basis. I just don't know what they might be called in other languages... organization, society? Unfortunately, Woman's club movement is only EN-wiki so that's not a help. Beyond the US, I'm thinking that historically, Bible study, temperance, suffrage, peace, quilting, sewing would be club-like activities, right? --Rosiestep (talk) 02:08, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
"Women's groups" or "women's organisations"?? Plenty of material down under for this topic :-) MurielMary (talk) 03:01, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Love the idea! SusunW (talk) 16:17, 3 February 2018 (UTC)


Per this suggestion by Nattes à chat. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:55, 6 February 2018 (UTC)

Discuss other ideas here

Twitter mates

We have monthly editathons now running in Edinburgh which are mainly in person. Ewan is one of the Wikimedians in Residence and they are very successful - They are badges as WiR - great!. A similar series is starting in Swansea. Last month they did nurses and this month business people. They want to be a "women in red" event. I will see if we can harmonise subjects. This is for info only I guess but is there a good place to log in-house events ? Victuallers (talk) 14:01, 19 January 2018 (UTC) p.s. I see WiR is getting mentioned by name in French! Femmes Rouge Wikipedia Victuallers (talk) 14:01, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Victuallers - I think it would be great to include in-person Women in Red events in our list here: [[Template:Women in Red]]. To that end, I just added a line for in-person events in the 2018 section. Please add whatever events you're aware of... and 2017 events, too. After you get the ball rolling, we should mention it on the main WiR talkpage so that others know to do so, too. --Rosiestep (talk) 19:21, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

Geo focus: US, Puerto Rico, Guam

WMDC has received a grant for $1250 for a women's content contest which will occur during April 2017. It'll be a destubathon; but, as all/most articles start as a stub, the contest also falls under the purview of WiR. Will provide more info when it gets sorted out. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:16, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

I suggest we focus on creating articles on women from Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands (Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas).--Ipigott (talk) 10:21, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
Hi Sturmvogel 66 - Do you have any more information about this? --Rosiestep (talk) 15:50, 20 April 2017 (UTC)
I love that idea! Megalibrarygirl (talk) 21:02, 6 May 2017 (UTC)
We have someone else looking into being the facilitator for this so stay tuned for further developments. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:43, 23 May 2017 (UTC)
Nothing new to report so putting this on the back burner. --Rosiestep (talk) 17:58, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Hello, just a thought, maybe this idea could cover all present day Territories of the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, Northern Marina Islands, and American Samoa.Thsmi002 (talk) 02:16, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

Femicon Museum

See this tweet conversation Victuallers (talk) 09:22, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

This seems cool, Victuallers, and we haven't touched this focus area before; did you reply to her? Maybe we could start an email convo with a few of us? Hey, Megalibrarygirl, I looked over the website, and wondered how easy it might be to create a redlist for this focus area, "femininity, girlhood, and the aesthetics of cute within twentieth-century video games, computing, and electronic toys"? --Rosiestep (talk) 18:55, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
I think I could try to create a redlist based on the Femicom collection. Will start. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 21:09, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
@Victuallers and Rosiestep: Here's a start-up redlist: Femicom Museum Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:13, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl; mega cool... mega thanks! --Rosiestep (talk) 23:38, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
I invited her to post here. I'm not sure how big the museum is and we would need her or one of us to take the lead. Its not a subject I know anything about - but I can see that its an important area. Big thanks to MLG - do feel free to tweet her. Victuallers (talk) 06:52, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

Women In Tech

I don't know if it's been done before, but maybe an editathon Women In Tech? Just an idea I got after writing the stub Roxanne Varza. SL93 (talk) 23:51, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

Good idea, SL93, especially, I think, if we include redlists for the subcats and sub-subcats of Category:Women in technology, and promote/advertise all of them so that editors who focus on gaming and electronic music and DJs etc. might be interested in participating. I couldn't find a cat for Digital Archivists, but maybe there are women in this field we should include? Thoughts, @Megalibrarygirl, Missvain, MurielMary, and SusunW? --Rosiestep (talk) 04:45, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
@SL93 and Rosiestep: we do have some lists to draw on, but I should really beef up the Women in Tech list. We could also probably draw from the wikidata list Women engineers. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:07, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
@Megalibrarygirl:, do our redlists include all the subcategories, eg women in electronic music, of Category:Women in technology? PS, this is my 2nd edit on a phone. Definitely doable, but not easy. Can't imagine writing an article this way. --Rosiestep (talk) 22:50, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: Yes, editing on phone is terrible. >.< As for the lists, we have women in video games, computer science and other related topics. We don't have a list of women in electronic music, but I can look into that. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:08, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, @Megalibrarygirl:! --Rosiestep (talk) 17:22, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Trading article ideas

I was wondering if anyone would be interested in trading names of women with others who are interested in creating articles on specific topics. For example, I have many names of American women who have won prizes or been inducted into hall of fames. That way, our lists on Wikipedia and our personal lists could hopefully be reduced and we get to work on articles that are in our interests that we might not have come across already. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 05:50, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

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