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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.
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Common tasks for each event.
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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

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)
@Ipigott: Do you think there should be a focus on List of female state supreme court justices and Wikipedia:WikiProject Missing encyclopedic articles/United States state supreme court justices? These women on these lists are inherently notable. :) --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 17:04, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Yes, these are certainly important but we should also try to cover women outside the United States.--Ipigott (talk) 17:36, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Yep. Two birds one stone ;) --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 18:01, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

Geofocus Hispanic countries

Hispanic heritage month starts on September 15, so we could do Spanish speaking countries maybe. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:16, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Firming up September

@Ipigott, SusunW, Rosiestep, and Victuallers: should I start making the pages? Megalibrarygirl (talk) 20:36, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

I'm good with these topics :) SusunW (talk) 20:41, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
Me, too. :) --Rosiestep (talk) 04:50, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
So off you go, Sue. Let me know if you need any help.--Ipigott (talk) 08:07, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl I know you are buried right now in real life, congrats on the promotion, but have you had a chance to get the pages ready for September? It is upon us. SusunW (talk) 15:30, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
If there's no progress on this, I can probably take care of it on Monday or Tuesday. I can prepare everything but no one has given me permission to do the mass messaging.--Ipigott (talk) 19:01, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott, Rosiestep, and SusunW: Sorry I missed all this! If I'm not pinged, I'm slower to notice I was replied to! >.< Megalibrarygirl (talk) 20:23, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl: It was always my understanding that if you specifically ping people on a talk page, you "watch" for their replies. But don't worry. In future, I'll make sure I ping all the time. Have you time to do the editathon pages or should I do them early next week?--Ipigott (talk) 20:29, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott I'm sorry, too, I should do that, but I'm a bit scattered sometimes. I'm getting them together right now as I have some time for that. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 20:32, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott, SusunW, Rosiestep, and Victuallers: OK, pages are made, templates ready and invitation is done. I haven't sent it yet, though. Thanks for everyone's patience with me and my scatter-brain. :P Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:34, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
I checked everything and all looks great! Thank you, Megalibrarygirl, for all the heavy lifting. I'll MassMessage. :) --Rosiestep (talk) 01:43, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl Rosiestep: Thanks for taking care of everything. I was however rather surprised to see the Monthly Initiative revived for September. I thought we were going to have some kind of assessment of how well it had worked in August before going any further. I'm glad to see you consider it useful but I don't know how much time I can devote to it each month. Since it started, it's been consuming quite a bit of my wiki time. Maybe we should just see how it runs without any special maintenance. As far as I can see, the initiative has not yet had much impact on the metrics but maybe progress will be reflected on WHGI once it starts working again. On the other hand, it seems to have encouraged quite a few experienced editors to join Women in Red.--Ipigott (talk) 06:03, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott since it said monthly initiative, I figured we were going to keep doing it, so I went ahead and made the pages. I can delete the pages if you'd like, though. I didn't mean to step on any toes. :( Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:42, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Megalibrarygirl: Now that the invitations gave gone out, I think we should leave it and see how it works out. We could also invite comments and suggestions for improvements. Thanks once again for preparing everything for September.--Ipigott (talk) 05:56, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

@Ipigott: is there anything I can do to help with the project? Megalibrarygirl (talk) 16:43, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl: That's a really nice offer. Maybe you have some ideas about how it could be improved - unless of course you think it is fine the way it is.--Ipigott (talk) 20:20, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott: I was thinking we could have different badges to earn for each month in that they'd look different. It might attract the "gotta catch 'em all" type of person. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 21:10, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl: At the very least, we'll need new templates replacing August with September. The problem with redesigning is that you would need to come up with something new every month. It might be better just to keep things simple. What do you think?--Ipigott (talk) 07:36, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
I seen you have already created templates for September. They look fine to me.--Ipigott (talk) 08:38, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott: I was thinking I could come up with new barnstar looks based on the month or the editathons. I was thinking something fall-like or back to school themed for September. It's not too much trouble for me to modify an existing graphic usually. :) I just copied the existing templates for Sept this time. But if there some other heavy lifting that needs to be done maybe you can share it with me. I don't want you having to do everything yourself. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:18, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
As I gotta catch em all I support the idea of a new look per month. Even if it's only colouring of the template. But a new look would be great. When I'm not in a foreign country I'd be happy to help if I can.... ☕ Antiqueight chatter 20:31, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
We only have a couple of days left but if Sue can come up with a minor change, easy to implement, it might be worthwhile. Perhaps we could review one or two suggestions today or tomorrow.--Ipigott (talk) 07:31, 29 August 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott and Antiqueight: I've mocked up one fall-themed star so far. Also, I changed the background of the first box.
Uses Women in Red logo with File:Fall Leaves (199582361).jpeg by Dana Hutchinson.

Megalibrarygirl (talk) 19:19, 29 August 2018 (UTC)

Super cool barnstar, Megalibrarygirl! --Rosiestep (talk) 02:39, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl: Looks great! Please go ahead and update all the September templates.--Ipigott (talk) 05:34, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott: I changed most. I'll have to edit the last barnstar later but I should have it ready pretty soon. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 16:26, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
  • I've made some suggestions for variations on the Monthly Achievement Initiative for October onwards at the foot of this page.--Ipigott (talk) 09:03, 30 August 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)
SusunW I started a redlist for Clubwomen. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 23:15, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
@Megalibrarygirl, MurielMary, and SusunW: I love women's organizations plus the conferences they convened as often, they yield lots of names. But I recognize that clubwomen and women's clubs are different than women's organizations so no worries if you don't want to include. --Rosiestep (talk) 13:29, 29 August 2018 (UTC)
Rosiestep I don't see why an editathon cannot encompass both, as they were often entwined. SusunW (talk) 15:35, 29 August 2018 (UTC)
Rosiestep I agree with SusunW: they were totally entwined. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:56, 29 August 2018 (UTC)
Hooray! --Rosiestep (talk) 02:38, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
  • While I see that there has been quite a lot of enthusiasm for clubwomen, I'm rather afraid that the vast majority of women's clubs are in North America. As the geofocus is also North America and the other priority seems to be basically Irish women, there doesn't seem to be much opportunity for those of us keen on improving the coverage of women around the world. Perhaps it would help if we could specifically extend clubwomen to women organizers. That could cover not only those in women's clubs but women in business, women in cultural organizations, women in civil rights, women in sports organizations, women in educational associations, etc., etc.--Ipigott (talk) 12:45, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
While on the whole I agree with you Ipigott, the focus on Irish women isn't in October - that's women in Science fiction and Fantasy - though in conjunction with an event in Ireland. However otherwise I don't entirely understand what "clubwomen" are? Women's groups I get but what are clubwomen? I would happily put my support behind women organisers as I "get" that. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 13:49, 11 September 2018 (UTC)


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

Strong support. --Camelia (talk) 17:16, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Nattes à chat and Camelia.boban: have you started a list of redlinks? --Rosiestep (talk) 23:44, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
In French ;-). --Camelia (talk) 11:54, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

Hi @Rosiestep and Camelia.boban: The correct link is here: The map contains links to articles in French, Norvegian, German and English. --Nattes à chat (talk) 19:06, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Women in Science Fiction

August 2019 will see Ireland host the world convention of Science fiction with Dublin2019. If the October panel at Octocon is a success we will be hoping to host an even bigger version at the Worldcon the following August. It's an event with several thousand genre type people attending. There will be writers (Science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, computer games etc) and tech types in the crowd. I'm hoping to go for marginalised groups in that crowd (women, POC, non gender binary etc). Does it seem fair to have another month focused on this group within the year? While there would be such events annually these are the 2 that I will be able to have an impact in and drive having a wikipedia event at, with those goals. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 13:44, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Love this one and would join in. Penny Richards (talk) 18:08, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Penny Richards Can't remember if I replied anywhere to this - but Yay! thanks. Good to have interest and support on this idea. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 22:30, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
Antiqueight You're welcome! I started an article yesterday on Gertrude Minnie Robins, who published some spooky stories and novels in the early 20th. She turned up in a database of SFF writers, though she's really more gothic/ghosty, from what I can tell. A good topic for the autumn/winter! Penny Richards (talk) 23:38, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Discussions on our Twitter feed (@wikiwomeninred) have identified the poor percentage (14%) of Irish women who have Wikipedia articles including @wikimedia_ie. I am asking them to turn up here to explain, enthuse and commit. Victuallers (talk) 09:28, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

As part of the Wikimedia Community Ireland we have run a couple of events in the past that were focused on women. These have taken place at various locations around the country. There is certainly scope for further events and it would be amazing to have a themed month when we could co-ordinate events. I'd certainly be interested in hosting a follow-up to our very successful WikiWomenIE event in Galway in March 2017. Sharonlflynn (talk) 18:28, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Hello! I'd be delighted to bring in a number of our events to coincide with an online drive. We do monthly editing events in the Dublin Hackerspace we could theme. I could look at some collaborations with groups and institutions we've worked with to run some events as well. Smirkybec (talk) 18:36, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
I'm working at getting as many SFF genre people as possible to assist in improving the number of SFF people on wikipedia with a more specific personal goal of improving the women in SFF on here. Also I got in touch with someone who works with Richmond Barracks about improving the 1916 women on Wikipedia. It would be great to be able to have a themed month where we could try to hook as many of these people up with events online and IRL to improve the numbers of women and reduce the gap in general, but especially to improve the condition of the gap for Irish Women. We've had events in Galway, Dublin and Cork so far this year. To keep the momentum going of getting more voices online would be wonderful. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 20:06, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Next available GeoFocus date is December 2018, but that is traditionally a slow editing month with the holidays. I would suggest putting it on the calendar before it gets filled up. Just saying ... SusunW (talk) 20:24, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
We're intending to run a genre event (of some small nature) in October to put the SFF people in. It might be good to have a geofocus on Ireland asap after that so people can get excited and then take part. um... The "put it on the calendar" - Victuallers is that something you know how to do? Or? ☕ Antiqueight chatter 20:33, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Antiqueight, I have no idea what SFF is, but if you want to put it on the calendar for October, just move this whole section up to October. A Geo-focus of North America is already there so name it something other than Irish women (like maybe what SFF is?) SusunW (talk) 22:24, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
SusunW, My apologies - I spent the day with the folks I know in the field so I was thinking in shorthand. Science Fiction and Fantasy. I am intending to have a panel about Wikipedia and how it impacts (and is impacted by) people in the science fiction and fantasy world - particularly women and POC- at Ireland's Con in October. (Tweet thread - this came on top of realising that Ireland's gender gap has only 14% women bios unlike the average of 18% based on the data from here. Do you think perhaps so that moving the request up to October and calling it 'Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy' would be a good idea? And continue to aim for Irish women in December? I'm not sure how this works... ☕ Antiqueight chatter 22:41, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Yes, that is exactly how it works. Stuff goes down here until it gains support, then just moves to the calendar. If you don't post it (in this case them), ASAP, there will be insufficient space, as we typically keep to no more than 4 events per month. SusunW (talk) 22:56, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

@Victuallers, Sharonlflynn, Smirkybec, Antiqueight, and SusunW: I think this will be a fun event with good participation if we promote it heavily. Have we started lists of redlinks for Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy? I'm unfamiliar whether these would be two separate lists or all on one list. Also, does this topic refer to authors or to fictional characters or both? If fictional characters are included, does that also include characters from anime, videos, etc.? --Rosiestep (talk) 23:52, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
I imagine it could include authors, editors, illustrators, screenwriters, filmmakers, translators, leaders in fandom, and fictional characters. Plenty of possibilities. I'm happy to help with a redlist if someone sets up the basics. Penny Richards (talk) 04:02, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
While I was thinking mostly of authors it actually could and should involve the list Penny Richards has there. I have started a list on my to do pages (not exclusively though mostly women) but I will move it to a public redlist and absolutely could do with some help. I know from women in the area that women in the field don't get anything like as much coverage as the men. So it's going to be a challenge as usual to find all the reliable sources to give notability even to some relatively big names. But that's what makes it important to do. I've been focused on trying to get new editors and ensure the presentation at Octocon in October is a success. But after tonight (meet up with Dublin2019 volunteers and wikipedia interested folks - if anyone shows up) I will be all in to prep for October. All help and suggestions completely wanted. There would be no need to break the list into Science Fiction v Fantasy since the two often overlap- in fact there will be a number of Horror people in there too. Currently my work for this (on the wiki) is here - User:Antiqueight/Octocon ☕ Antiqueight chatter 07:32, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Antiqueight: It looks to me as if we should include this in October but we really need a red list pretty soon. Any chance you can start something in the next few days? We can then try to expand it.--Ipigott (talk) 07:35, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
Yep. Now that last night's meet up is over I can start focusing entirely on October. I'll get that started today. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 07:42, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Science Fiction and Fantasy ☕ Antiqueight chatter 08:16, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
Great! Looks as if there's plenty to work on.--Ipigott (talk) 07:02, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
Hey Jane023, do you have time to create a Wikidata-generated redlist for "Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy" to support this event? Per Penny (see above), we'd like to include authors, editors, illustrators, screenwriters, filmmakers, translators, leaders in fandom, and fictional characters. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:33, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
I am good with making lists from Wikidata when the data is in the items for the list, but it's not clear to me how to query this group of women. You could create an item for a "SFF" wikiproject as a subgroup of the Wikiwomen project and just add this with the property P5008 for "on focus list of Wikimedia projects" I guess. Jane (talk) 16:19, 18 September 2018 (UTC)


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)

More plural biographies

Many of the biographies that are being created are of women from North America, specifically from the United States. I believe that Geofocus has to be more of a project to create biographies of lesser or lesser-known countries characterized by a less feminist society. I propose, for example, that in October 2018 it will focus on the Mediterranean, the Caucasus region or South-African countries, not in just North America. What do you think? A greeting. Alsoriano97 (talk) 14:20, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

November 2018

Geofocus: Asia

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

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, as we're focusing on XX-c women this month, what if we broadened the politician event to simply: deceased politicians? I think there would be few of the pre-XX-c era, but there might be quite a few of the present century. This might appeal to those editors who like to focus on more present-day biographies. --Rosiestep (talk) 19:15, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
Works for me, Rosiestep. I cannot imagine there are very many women who were politicians before the 20th century, as we couldn't even vote, but based on that logic, 20th century become redundant anyway. The goal of using deceased is so that we avoid those who have recently been elected and have no notability as a politician yet. I've changed it above. SusunW (talk) 20:31, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

Women in engineering or Women in STEM (move to October?)

What about Women in Engineering? I see there's a crowd-sourced list of engineers on Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Redlist index and will make a point of adding to it, particularly if this idea is accepted. Otherwise being really bold, what about Women in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — all in one hit? I think it's important to focus on fields that are so-called non-traditional ones for women.Oronsay (talk) 23:54, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Just my 2 cents but in September we are doing women academics, which will include a bunch of women scientists, though it is impossible to know if they will be STEM scientists or social scientists. Engineers, however, I don't think we have had a specific focus on. I'd support it. SusunW (talk) 14:08, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
You are correct about Academics taking in all-comers, SusunW. I'm happy to go with the flow! Oronsay (talk) 21:16, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
I will always support a suggestion of Women in Engineering. We need more of us. :-D ☕ Antiqueight chatter 21:26, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
@Oronsay: Perhaps you would like to add the List of female Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering to this idea? There are currently almost 40 women that are not linked and could be used to generate names of missing women. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 17:19, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Strong support. With WikiDonne we organized 2 itinerant editathons (at University of Padova and Open Source School in Bari) about women in STEM fields (computer science). At least other 2 are to come in Pisa (women in physics and chemistry) and Genova or La Spezia (oceanography and women in scuba diving). --Camelia (talk) 17:32, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

@MrLinkinPark333: Thanks for suggestion. As you are aware, I have been working on the List of female Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering. I have created a draft in my sandbox and will add more details to it, before adding it to the CS list of red-linked engineers. Oronsay (talk) 01:55, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

I think Women in Engineering is a great idea. Would really like for us to consider bumping it to October in time for (a) Ada Lovelace Day, and (b) Victuallers is helping facilitate an Ada event in the UK along these lines. What do you think of moving it up on the calendar, Megalibrarygirl? My thinking is that there will probably be a lot of publicity in media/social media, and we could take advantage of that. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:15, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
Ada Lovelace Day

On the 9th of October. The Pankhurst Centre and a set of mostly WomeninStem activists are going to organise an editathon (lots on twitter). They may be short on expertise and I'm encouraging them to badge this as Women in Red. I have spoken to them on the phone and intend to drive halfway to meet them next week.... they are in Manchester. This is a heads up. Are there any people close to Manchester? I'm several hours away but willing to travel. It will not be open to all genders. Not sure how this links it to the monthly offers. Victuallers (talk) 09:55, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Rosiestep: Are you suggesting we should replace witches with engineers? I would certainly support it.--Ipigott (talk) 15:51, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott I'm suggesting moving it from November to October. If that seems like a good idea, the team to decide if it will replace something already on the calendar vs. be an addition. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:56, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
SusunW, what do you think about moving this one to October vs. leaving in November? I'd be reticent about bumping anything already scheduled for October at this late date as some people have probably started developing personal redlists for one or more of the events, so it would mean adding to the calendar. I've always been of the mindset that more offerings are better than fewer as people have different preferences, but what are your thoughts? --Rosiestep (talk) 15:31, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
Strong support. I'm at the monthly Women in Red event at Edinburgh Uni right now and the October 9th theme is Women in STEM. Pity to lose the tie in with Ada's day. I feel that we need to be telling people that Women in Red is like International Women's Day or Ada Lovelace Day .... but all year. Victuallers (talk) 16:26, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
It sort of all ties up well together - women in STEM, women in Science fiction and Ada Lovelace. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 18:27, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

December 2018

Geofocus: Ireland


I'm being bold and putting this here, based on this [1] conversation about The Royal Photographic Society focus on influential female photographers. SusunW (talk) 13:00, 11 August 2018 (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)
Being bold and moving this one out of the discussion area. Been there a long time and has yet to be on the calendar.


  • February: Black Women
  • March: Art+Feminism
  • May: Asian Heritage Month. Mkdw talk 19:03, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
  • June: Wiki Loves Pride ---Another Believer (Talk) 23:22, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
  • August: Indigenous Women
  • August: Women in Science Fiction (see below)

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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)
Update - still running. The next one is on August 16th at Edinburgh Uni Library. Victuallers (talk) 09:55, 14 August 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)

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)

@SusunW: That would be interesting. The geofocus would be filled for almost 2 years before the list would be repeated :) --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 03:54, 3 August 2018 (UTC)

Variations on Monthly Achievement Initiative

Given the current interest in this initiative (around 575 articles added by 29 August), it might be interesting to change the targets for the coming months. For October, we might for example call for articles on women from 31 predefined countries, one for each day of the month. We could list the countries beforehand, drawing on our redlists (but perhaps leaving out those without at least 20 redlinks). We could allow a maximum of three days for each country, e.g. 1 to 3 October: Albania, 2 to 4 October: Algeria, 3 to 5 October: Angola, 4 to 6 October: Argentina, etc. Participants could list their articles both under the countries and under their own user names, giving a clearer view of achievements. Then in November, we could do something similar with occupations. Would this be worthwhile or should we just continue using the August/September model? Personally, I think variations might attract additional interest. Other suggestions for variations would of course be welcome.--Ipigott (talk) 08:57, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

Pinging Rosiestep, Victuallers, Megalibrarygirl, SusunW, Antiqueight, Abishe, Nick Number, cbratbyrudd, Stuartyeates, Alanna the Brave for reactions or other suggestions.--Ipigott (talk) 17:39, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Glad to hear there's been lots of interest, Ipigott. My thoughts: I like the idea of variations on topics each month (either nationality or occupation), but I'd be wary of making it too complicated for participants. I usually have to do some preparatory research before creating an article (which may take several days depending on how busy I am), and I don't want to have to try to remember whether I can submit an article about an Algerian woman on October 4th or an Argentinian woman on October 6th. On the other hand, I might be open to having broader weekly themes: during week 1, we write about women from western European countries, then for week 2 we write about women from Middle Eastern countries (or it could be women scientists or artists, etc.). Alanna the Brave (talk) 18:00, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
I kind of feel I should recuse myself from giving suggestions, as both this month and next my real world life is impacting my editing time. That being said, I like the idea of variations, but agree with Alanna the Brave that it needs to be simple to follow or we will end up discouraging editing. Congrats on the success. 575 articles is awesome! SusunW (talk) 18:08, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott: I think having a broad area of occupations/countries would work better (in my personal case). Maybe have special awards that says, for example Wikipedian who created the most (specific occupation) this month, or the most articles from (specific country, area). That way if people want the special awards, they can go for it while keeping the broad range of coverage for others who just want the 5, 10, 15 articles etc. barnstars. This monthly imitative helped me clear through some articles that I wanted to do, but didn't get around to start/finish them :) --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 18:53, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
As a relative newcomer to WiR I feel that the new monthly initiative is a great place to record and celebrate all the WiR articles written in a given month, i.e. from the monthly meetups and the #1day1woman ongoing. I find that most of my articles end up in #1day1woman as I don't want to hold them up waiting for a specific meetup to come along. My preference is that the whole recording system not become over-complicated. Oronsay (talk) 02:26, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
My thirty-ish contributions only accidentally in the list, it was work I was doing anyway, but this stretch got done quicker with this extra motivation. Stuartyeates (talk) 07:04, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the comments so far. I can see the simplicity of the current approach is appealing. It therefore looks as if any variations should be "additional extras" rather than a complete revamp. Let's see how we do in September.--Ipigott (talk) 14:58, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
I echo those who suggest we keep it simple. There are many contributions to the #1day1woman page which are currently also eligible for the Monthly Achievement Initiative, meaning articles from any country and any occupation. Requiring articles fit a certain geographical or occupational category during a short window of time will limit participation in the initiative, and might be discouraging to our membership base who will see it as more of a competition. If the initiative is all about increasing participation and increasing metrics, I'd vote to not change the current model. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:27, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott I'm not very creative in brainstorming ways to get people to participate, but I do want to help you keep the work load at something you can handle. If that means wikignoming a lot, that's fine. Just keep me posted. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:26, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
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