Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Ideas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Women in RedAbout us

Hello! and welcome to WikiProject Women in Red (WiR), whose objective is to turn red links into blue ones. Our project's scope is women's biographies and women's works, broadly construed. Did you know that, according to WHGI, only 17.65% of the English Wikipedia's biographies are about women? Not impressed? Content gender gap is a form of systemic bias, and this is what WiR addresses. We invite you to participate, whenever you like, in whatever way suits you and your schedule.
Women in Red warmly welcomes you!

Wikipedia - filled with knowledge.jpg
Welcome to the Ideas Cafe where we serve up ideas for Women in Red's virtual editathons! The Ideas Cafe is our planning page, where your ideas become WiR events. Here, we discuss, organize, plan, and coordinate our activities. Please join the discussion here or on our project talkpage.
Use social media to promote our work!
Facebook Wiki Women in Red
Twitter @wikiwomeninred
Pinterest Our WikiProject's board
Hashtag #wikiwoimeninred
Common tasks for each event.
This list is incomplete. Please add to it
  • 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

June 2018

Wiki Loves Pride (#79))

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)
I look forward to this one! Penny Richards (talk) 15:21, 31 March 2018 (UTC)
I made the page for the WiR Loves Pride meetup here: Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/79. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:04, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
👍 Like ----Another Believer (Talk) 22:38, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Women singers/Women+Song (#80)

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)

Women in GLAM (#81)

We haven't done a "Women in Galleries/Libraries/Archives/Museum" event yet, so I'm suggesting it for June, but feel free to move to another month if you think it would be a better fit elsewhere. Also, I'm not sure that we have redlists yet for all four of these areas. --Rosiestep (talk) 12:31, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

The GLAM Wiki conference will be in November, so moving this event to a better month. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:46, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Geo-focus: Russia/Soviet Union (#82))

Being bold and putting this on the calendar from the discussion here [1] SusunW (talk) 15:46, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

Firming up for June 2018

Per message on my talkpage, let Kudpung know in advance which events we're running, and he'll add to the Signpost. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:20, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

I'll be traveling May 17-19, and May 21 - June 8. If you'd like me to do anything with prepping for June events, I can do so over the weekend, but not thereafter. In the meantime, I created the June invitation and recruitment templates. --Rosiestep (talk) 18:15, 15 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, Rosie. Megalibrarygirl: If you have time, perhaps you can prepare the editathon pages.--Ipigott (talk) 09:24, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
Will do, Ipigott! I already have the Pride page and I'll make the other two. Kudpung, I'm looping you in for the Signpost. We're doing " Wiki Loves Pride" "Women singers/Women+Song" and "Geo-focus: Russia/Soviet Union" for June. Thanks! Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:10, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
@Kudpung: I forgot to add "Women and GLAM". Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:11, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
Kudpung 1-30 June. SusunW (talk) 03:00, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

July 2018

Geofocus: Sub-Saharan 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)

Being bold and enlarging the scope to Sub-Saharan Africa to include more countries. --Rosiestep (talk) 12:28, 29 April 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 [2] 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)

Women Rock

From the discussion here: Women rock. Broadly construed: includes musicians, geologists, climbers, etc. SusunW (talk) 18:33, 15 May 2018 (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)

Untouchables Women of Marginalized Populations

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)
I found these women who are Dalit feminists: Kumud Pawade, Cynthia Stephen, Bama Kandaswamy, Meena Kandaswamy. Also, I think there's enough info out there to have an article on Dalit feminism which "analyses Dalit women's oppression as a triple jeopardy of oppression by double patriachies..." page 2-3, [3], [4], [5] Megalibrarygirl (talk) 19:42, 3 May 2018 (UTC)

Geofocus 'Bottom 10'

As suggested by Dsp13 [here, let's focus on countries that have very few articles about women. [6] We may need to use Wikidata lists and I'll see what I can dig up in each country for a crowdsourced list. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 15:33, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

How about a completely new format?

(copied from the WiR talk page where a general discussion started on 1 May)

  • I don't know whether this is the right place to suggest it but it might be an idea to change the format of our monthly priorities. How about introducing something along the lines of "10, 20 or 30 new articles per person per month" or "cover 5, 10 or 15 different countries"?. These could be presented as "challenges" with variants on WiR barn stars/laurels as awards for those who make the mark. Participants might like to list up-front the people or works they intend to cover during the month. We might even find trendy names for the challenges such as Shoot for 10, 20 or 30 and Raise 5, 10 or 15 flags (and we could actually add appropriate flags to the lists of new articles as in the World Contest). I also think editors might like to list their names next to the articles they create. This would not only provide additional incentive but would be a basis for checking out the results. We could try to revamp our editathon pages, invitations, etc., along the same lines. It just seems to me that a new approach might encourage more participants to write more new articles. June might be too soon to undertake any such radical changes but it would be interesting to hear what you all think about it, including any other ideas you may have on how to attract more enthusiasm for Women in Red.--Ipigott (talk) 06:40, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott I did not answer on the talk page, as I do not want to discourage discussion. I will go with the majority on this, but am not a fan contests. They may motivate others, but for me, competition with others is not a motivating factor and rather has the opposite effect. My focus has always been on quality rather than quantity and I never have any idea how many articles I can write in any given month, as it depends on the sourcing I find. If others want to go the contest route, I will simply carry on and contribute as I am able, as committing to completing a large number of articles which I may not be able to do is self-defeating. I committed to writing one article for each country in Latin America and the Caribbean for the world contest and dug up notable women with sourcing. When others wrote 2 sentence stubs from those sources, it was frustrating for me and forced me to then find other women to write about since only creation counted. Not my cup of tea, but as I said, if others want to I won't protest. SusunW (talk) 15:19, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott Depending on my interests, I may do more than 1 article per month for Women in Red (i.e. Women in Sports). However, depending on the monthly contests and my mood, some months might be lower than others with the number of articles I make. The goal that I've been doing is at least 1 article per month for the monthly contests of Women in Red. However, I've also been making articles for the #1woman1day initative as well. Maybe that would work? --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 20:43, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
SusunW: Thanks for your useful comments. I realize you yourself need absolutely no further encouragement to continue writing great biographies on a wide variety of women each month but I have noticed that despite the considerable number of new WiR members, many do not continue to participate. I thought it might be worth trying out a slightly different approach to see whether we can persuade more of our members to participate over the medium term and not just when we target art or sports. Even if we run contests, I think we should try to encourage articles which at least offer a summary of the most important items in biographies or descriptions of works. I agree with you 100% that we should be not encouraging two-line stubs from editors who can do better. Maybe irrespective of quantity, quality should become a more explicit goal.--Ipigott (talk) 06:29, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
MrLinkinPark333: The challenges I was suggesting are not intended to be an obligatory target for everyone but rather an additional incentive for those who like to participate in them. Past experience seems to indicate many do. But certainly consistently creating just one or two new articles a month is fully in line with our goals. Keep up the good work.--Ipigott (talk) 07:00, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
  • On the basis of these comments, we could perhaps start experimenting with this in August when we will probably need to encourage support for the proposed topics. I also think we should aim for "quality" new articles, as suggested by SusunW, and not just mini-stubs.--Ipigott (talk) 08:37, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott August seems like a good place to start and since Sue and Rosie chimed in on the WiR talk page, seems that the consensus is to try a new format. SusunW (talk) 13:16, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
Strong Support. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:31, 14 June 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)

I certainly think we should make this our top priority for September. Thanks to Montgomery28, we now have at least 60 lists of first lawyers and judges.--Ipigott (talk) 10:59, 1 June 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)

Geofocus: North America

Being bold and suggesting North America geofocus in support WikiConference North America, which will occur October 18-21, 2018. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:24, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

November 2018

Geofocus: Asia

Supporting WikiAsiaMonth. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:46, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

20th-Century deceased politicians

In light of the election cycle, I'd love to do women politicians, but to prevent recentism and a lot of AfDs on current candidates, could we focus on 1950s-1970s women politicians? There are so many of them and the articles that we do have tend to be poorly written, that I think there is a lot of room for improvement.SusunW (talk) 19:35, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

I like the idea of politicians but wonder if mid-century is too narrow, especially considering non English language countries. I love the idea, however, of avoiding recent politicians, so offer these suggestions, "dead politicians" or "pre-internet politicians" or something like that? --Rosiestep (talk) 19:45, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Thank you Rosiestep. I've changed it to 20th-century deceased politicians. Recognizing that often they are controversial and certainly if they are alive and in office, seems less likely to be contentious if we focus on those who have died. (Besides which, it will give the opportunity to work with Women in Green on the likes of Sirimavo Bandaranaike 1st woman head of state :-) ) SusunW (talk) 19:52, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
SusunW, I like it! --Rosiestep (talk) 20:04, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

December 2018

Women writers

Being bold and adding here. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:29, 14 June 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)

I'd be interested in adding lists that others have created (such as yours) into the Women in Red redlist collection. Let me know if this interests you? This is because it is my hope that Women in Red is as well known for its redlists as for its created articles. --Rosiestep (talk) 13:26, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: That would be perfect. It'd help reduce the amount of people on my to-do lists and give them out to others who want to work on them. I already moved my first one here but I'm thinking on making another one on women who were/are United Nations Special Rapporteurs as that list is huge. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 20:29, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
That's awesome, MrLinkinPark333. Also pinging Megalibrarygirl who is really good with to-do list ideas! --Rosiestep (talk) 21:52, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
Just finished Rosiestep Megalibrarygirl. See here for the United Nations redlist. There are also women in United Nations working groups but I haven't included them in this list. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 22:20, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
Sweet! Thanks for taking the iniative, MrLinkinPark333! I hope everyone feels comfortable adding to our lists, but if you don't, ping me. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 01:03, 12 May 2018 (UTC)


Seems to me that we tend to focus on the same areas over and over and I am wondering if we just did a straight alphabetical list of countries each month, if that would get more coverage of women worldwide. So for example "A" would have lists from: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, and Azerbaijan; "B" would have Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso and Burundi; and so forth. SusunW (talk) 20:09, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Retrieved from ""
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia :
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Ideas"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA