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November 2017

The World Contest

I'm going to put in a grant request soon which will include funding for this contest. I think the women contest will need $10,000 to allow 195 prizes for each country and for a few occupations. I think October would be ideal but possibly could be November and compliment Asian month at the same time. We can see what gets produced in one contest, review what worked and what didn't and then go from there. I think it'll give wikipedia a boost of over a thousand articles on women for every country of the world. As with the Africa Destubathon, the mechanism would work to make people produce more content to win the prize for the given country. ♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:53, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

I like this a lot, especially that the funds can be used to improve our sourcing at WikiLibrary. Dr. Blofeld do you have any idea whether prize $ could be used facilitate the premium upgrade for, or for something like the NY Ttimes archives or the AllAfrica archives which has recently become subscription only? SusunW (talk) 15:40, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
@SusunW and Dr. Blofeld: I thought I heard previously that prize $ can't be shifted in this way, but adding @Ocaasi (WMF) and Ocaasi to the convo. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:57, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
Yes it can, because I did it with the Destubathon, the prize fund would be for Amazon vouchers or/and subscriptions. I would be given the grant funds and at the end of the contest people can opt for Amazon vouchers or subscriptions. It would be the responsibility of the contestant to buy their own subscriptions though, I would just send the money by paypal. If somebody won say £150, it would be quite acceptable to give them £80 for a British Library subscription for instance and then the remaining £70 in Amazon vouchers. Either way the prize fund would be used to further invest in content. If some of the WikiLibrary people think a set of subscriptions which are desired by a lot of people is preferrable we could arrange something like that to give out to contestants. But keep in mind the prizes on average will be about $50, so some people might have to win for a few countries to get enough to pay for a subscription.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:07, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
Another thing, note that the contest design isn't set in stone yet. I want the input of many of the women editors here too and to stage something which is going to produce maximum results and appease the most people and their interests. If there is more support for paid subscriptions, I'm sure we could plan something in coordination with the WikiLibrary. I think my past experience has shown though that you need an incentive to get people working on different countries, so allocated to all 195 countries I think would produce better and more even results. I'm going to need a bot designed too to help check article lengths and sourcing which will have to be arranged as I can't run single handedly at the level I did with the Destubathon!♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:23, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
Dr. Blofeld Just looked at the contest page and while it's still in draft form, it's pretty and I like it. :) Also, I didn't realize the subscriptions could be individual vs. through WikiLibrary, which is why I pinged Jake. --Rosiestep (talk) 17:41, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

Miyagawa opted for a British Library subscription instead of all Amazon vouchers as part of the Destubathon. A possibility is that we publicize the contest months in advance and ask people to sign up who are interested in having certain paid subscriptions currently unavailable for free through WL. Or people make suggestions of the kind of subscriptions they want and we work something out. It doesn't necessarily have to be for every country, you could split the funds by region/occupation and give larger prizes than $50. We'll see, I think $10,000 will be ideal though considering the scale. A start might be to draw up a list of paid subscription resources currently unavailable which would benefit women content and the current prices.♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:50, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

The reason I asked if it could be through the WikiLibrary is that as I live in Mexico, I have been unable to obtain library cards in the U.S. I assume the same would hold true for Britain. There seems to be a rule that one must live in the place and couldn't possibly want to access their resources from somewhere else. I find it odd, as it is a paid subscription, so why does where you live have anything to do with it? Copyright, is my only guess. SusunW (talk) 18:28, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
I love this contest. While Wikipedia Library has chosen to not set a precedent of paying for some sources but not others, I see no problem with giving individuals subscription access as a prize. Keep in mind that many providers do not offer individual subscriptions, only per-article purchases or institutional licenses (e.g. ScienceDirect, EBSCO), and others like HighBeam or JSTOR are in the $200 range annually. However Dr. Blofeld's suggestions of NY Times or are great ones (and yes, we're still trying to increase our access to both!). If editors want sources, give them sources! Cheers, Jake Ocaasi (WMF) (talk) 23:55, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

Thanks Jake. Yes, we'll have to work out what NYT and etc ones cost. It's possible we could order a batch of NYT ones. If we bought a load of subscriptions from them they might become less hostile :-) Prizes in the $200 range like Highbeam and JSTOR aren't out of the question if we can get $10,000, perhaps you could have a few prizes like that for doing the most articles of a given occupation, we'll see. If you consider that the African Destubathon produced this at the bottom, this one has the potential to see more produced. The contest could focus purely on new articles, or include both new and destubs.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:02, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

Looks good to me ! Would require a bit of anticipation to "increase" lists of red links for african women. Time to anticipate to identify "special prizes" as well ;) Anthere (talk)
  • Dr. Blofeld: I have always thought the "contest" approach has great potential. I think a strong basis for acceptance here is the emphasis on covering women in countries around the world, especially those in which they are under-represented on the EN-wiki. Perhaps it would be useful to seek support from relevant chapters and WikiProjects in Africa and Asia. Maybe there could also be targeted efforts at cross-translation between English and languages such as Arabic, French, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Urdu and Swahili. I would be happy to assist if this approach is considered useful. We certainly need to support any new initiative which will revive Women in Red at a time when the number of new articles is beginning to lag.--Ipigott (talk) 13:33, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

This is definitely being run in November now!♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:18, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

I don't think anyone has created {{WIR-61}}. @Dr. Blofeld, Megalibrarygirl, SusunW, and Ipigott: Do we want editors to tag the articles created as part of the contest with this talkpage tag? --Rosiestep (talk) 22:39, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
I think that we do. It's consistent with how we track our work. SusunW (talk) 22:45, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
I agree with SusunW on that, @Dr. Blofeld, Rosiestep, and Ipigott:. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:45, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
Ok, I created it. Dr. Blofeld, please mention it on the contest page so people know to include it on talkpages. Thanks. --Rosiestep (talk) 02:46, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Rosiestep: Now that WIR-60 is no longer active, should it not be used for the WiR contest rather than for WAM? Otherwise there will be a gap. I think tagging should be an option for those familiar with WiR but perhaps all participants should be encouraged to use it. I think by listing new articles in the prescribed lists, there will automatically be a contest category. I don't think we should make things too difficult for new participants. The category should be sufficient for identification but Dr. Blofeld can perhaps provide a word of explanation.--Ipigott (talk) 08:46, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Yes, I suppose World Contest should be moved from #61 to #60. I'll take care of it later today. Or Megalibrarygirl, if you'd like a lesson on how to delete pages, we could Google Hangout sometime today. The lesson would take 20 seconds... the steps are that simple. But if you've already figured out how to do deletes, or if you're busy with other things, no worries! --Rosiestep (talk) 15:53, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: I'd love to go over it with you. What's a good time? Afternoon works for me if you want to email me an invite to a hangout. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 16:45, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
Hi @Megalibrarygirl: - I just sent you an Invite for 2:30PM today California time. Please make sure it converted ok to El Paso time. :) --Rosiestep (talk) 19:24, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: got it! Megalibrarygirl (talk) 20:15, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Rosiestep, Megalibrarygirl, Dr. Blofeld: I don't want to cause any unnecessary additional work on the contest page but until now, all our WiR editathon pages have included basic information about WiR, including guidelines on how to draft article talk pages with the WiR template, etc. Maybe it will over-complicate the contest page to include such details but you might at least like to give the matter some consideration. After all, in addition to encouraging the creation of more articles, the contest offers huge recruitment potential for WiR. Alternatively, we could edit the talk pages ourselves and/or alert all participants by email later.--Ipigott (talk) 07:43, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

I don't want to pester participants and pressure them to join WIT or patronize editors on how to edit women bios but I agree that a small section at the top of the contest inviting people to join and contribute long term would be a good idea as I do hope this will be the start of many WIR contests.♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:06, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

Rosiestep: Perhaps you could take care of this? I think it should be as short and simple as possible so as not to upset interest in the contest.--Ipigott (talk) 08:13, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
Ipigott: I was rushing to get the Nov Invite and Template pages created, and MassMessage done by yesterday as now, I'm getting ready to leave for Berlin so I won't be able to work on this task with you. Sorry. --Rosiestep (talk) 03:35, 23 October 2017 (UTC)
Rosiestep: I'm sorry the invitation and template pages took up so much of your time. I would be happy to take care of them again in the future. Just let me know when the pressure is too great. As I seem to be the only one concerned about promoting WiR on the contest page, let's just leave it as it is. If those familiar with the project want to add the WIR-60 tag their talk pages, they are of course free to do so but there's really no need to complicate things for newcomers. Have fun in Berlin.--Ipigott (talk) 07:06, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

Other possibilities for November

Pass on Scientists

Scientists in conjunction with international wiki science photography contest... More details to come, after which we can decide if we want to participate or not. --Rosiestep (talk) 18:42, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

@Alafarge, Megalibrarygirl, MurielMary, SL93, and SusunW: I haven't heard anything more about the "wiki science photography contest" so what do you think if we drop this from our November offerings and concentrate on The World Contest? (cc: Dr. Blofeld) --Rosiestep (talk) 23:43, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
I'm thinking with Asia month and the world contest we will have our hands full so to speak. SusunW (talk) 23:45, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
Makes sense to me. Alafarge (talk) 19:05, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
Ok. I crossed out my initial suggestion, and I removed the header so it's clear we're taking a pass on scientists and the international wiki science photography contest. --Rosiestep (talk) 00:57, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
Pass on Wiki Asia Month

*Hi @AddisWang and SuperHamster - Do you have any info/links for us regarding WAM2017 to help us with planning? --Rosiestep (talk) 19:19, 25 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Striking out my older post IAW group consensus. One contest at a time is enough and we've been committed to The Women in Red World Contest for months. --Rosiestep (talk) 21:49, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
Continue #1day1woman

@Megalibrarygirl, SusunW, Ipigott, and Dr. Blofeld: I've been thinking about whether it makes sense to continue with #1day1woman in November. I'm thinking it should continue as some people won't want to participate in the World Contest or WAM, or their article might not meet the qualifications but it's still a nice article, etc. If we do continue with #1day1woman, maybe we could "donate" the articles to the World Contest at the end of the month, not towards prizes, but for solidarity? Thoughts? --Rosiestep (talk) 19:28, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

I think it should continue, but am not sure if we donate the articles or not. We've had some people get pretty heated about inclusion, which baffles me, but there it is. SusunW (talk) 19:51, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
Ok; that makes sense. We'll continue with #1day1woman. But no article "donation" at the end of the month.
I'm not entirely clear on how 'donation' of pages to the contest would work, but I wonder if we could do it on a volunteer basis? I simply can't write 1 page a day, but I like the idea of any pages that I do manage for WiR (at any time) being part of a WiR-collective one-a-day output. I also understand this might not be practical because falling into the 'one more thing to manage' time sink. Alafarge (talk) 18:06, 14 October 2017 (UTC)
Yes, volunteer basis sounds good. --Rosiestep (talk) 18:40, 14 October 2017 (UTC)

Firming up on November

@Alafarge, Dr. Blofeld, Ipigott, Megalibrarygirl, MurielMary, Penny Richards, SL93, SusunW, and Victuallers: Please take a look at these drafts. It's real easy to make mistakes on them, so appreciate any extra hands to improve them. Also, I'd be glad to do the MassMessage task once they are good to go. Thanks! --Rosiestep (talk) 22:40, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

They look fine to me, Rosiestep, but I'm no expert. ;) SusunW (talk) 22:50, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
They look good to me, too, Rosiestep! Megalibrarygirl (talk) 23:35, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Sorry I coming to this so late. From the above, I understand the priorities for November have now been established. I must say, though, I think it must be confusing for our participants to have to choose between two competitions, especially as all the Asian countries in the World Women Contest are also covered in the Asian Month contest. Would it be useful to comment on this, at least on the editathon pages? There are of course slightly differing criteria for the two contests, including the minimal acceptable length of the articles. I know that it is late in the day, but an alternative might simply have been to arrange for mutual support between the two contests on the Asian countries. I have no idea whether any consideration has been given to this possibility but it certainly looks to me as if collaboration would provide added impetus and could facilitate user participation. Could new articles on Asia not be automatically exchanged between the two? From the editathon pages, it rather looks as if once you submit an article to one of the contests, you might not be able to resubmit it for the other. Is that in fact intended to be the case? Finally, I think WiR needs to send out separate invitations on the World Women Contest alone to all the country-based WikiProjects and to many of the other active WikiProjects which are not included on our mass-mailing list. The Asian Month contest is usually well advertised but we should also decide whether like last year we are also going to publicize it by sending out invitations to those on our international list. (In this connection, I see that Women in Red on the Asian Month page is not correctly linked. I could not find the English wiki anywhere on the list. Perhap WiR is supposed to represent the English Wikipedia but that is not clear.) I think these considerations might be of particular interest to Rosiestep, Dr. Blofeld, AddisWang.--Ipigott (talk) 09:09, 17 October 2017 (UTC) Also, cc to Fantasticfears.--Ipigott (talk) 09:11, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Looks fine. 1 day entries can also be put on the main list of the contest but if it's PD material or not the right length then it can't be entered into the contest itself to win prizes of course.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:21, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Ian, you bring up valid points. I was perplexed about how to handle WAM as the instructions on the WAM page aren't clear to me. My preference would have been that we handle WAM 2017 the same way as WAM 2016, e.g. that there were clickable buttons on the WiR event page which take you directly to WAM and that you enter your articles there vs. on the WiR page. So a thought I have is clickable buttons on the #1day1woman page which take you to (a) WAM's mainpage (instead of the #60 WiR WAM page), and (b) World Contest. What do folks think about this? @Alafarge, Dr. Blofeld, Ipigott, Megalibrarygirl, MurielMary, Penny Richards, SL93, SusunW, and Victuallers: --Rosiestep (talk) 16:13, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
I think the clickable buttons is a good idea. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 16:51, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
The technology is beyond me, keep it as simple as possible so I can add my articles. If it is too difficult, I won't add them, as the focus for me is on the writing. SusunW (talk) 16:56, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
TBH I am lost on the two competitions and how they differ. And also why there is a big 0% bar on the screen of one of them - what is that going to measure? Could someone please add some more information about that to the page with the bar, thank you. MurielMary (talk) 09:22, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
MurielMary: The 0% bar on the World Women Contest is supposed to move up once articles are created but I don't think anyone yet knows what the target is. I sympathize with you not understanding the difference between the two contests. I think it would make things much more straightforward if we just kept to the WiR World Women Contest and left Asian Month take care of itself. Is that a possibility Rosie?--Ipigott (talk) 20:36, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
@Alafarge, Dr. Blofeld, Ipigott, Megalibrarygirl, MurielMary, Penny Richards, SL93, SusunW, and Victuallers: - I agree; one contest is enough for November. So I removed Women in Red from the Wiki Asia Month (WAM) contest mainpage; and I'll take care of the other details (the WiR page, etc.) shortly. --Rosiestep (talk) 21:44, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
@Alafarge, Dr. Blofeld, Ipigott, Megalibrarygirl, MurielMary, Penny Richards, SL93, SusunW, and Victuallers: I've dropped WAM from the offerings and made all the changes involved with that. Please take another look at this: November invite and November recruitment. Thank you. --Rosiestep (talk) 22:20, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: I think it looks good. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:52, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Why can't Asian month agree to be a part of the contest and contribute to the Asian section? Part of the idea was to support their effort. At least all entries submitted for Asia month should register on the main achievement s list with the rest of the articles.♦ Dr. Blofeld 07:15, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

  • Thanks Rosiestep for straightening things out. I think this will make things much easier for our participants. We can always include an announcement on World Asian Month on our main page at the beginning of November but monitoring progress on two contests at once would have been extremely demanding. Together with Dr. Blofeld, we should perhaps put together an even simpler invitation to the WiR World Women Contest to be sent out to WikiProjects and key players in the various countries and regions. An easy way to do it would be to remove the #1day1woman line but it might be useful to add something about prizes and the fact it is open to all. I can send it out once it's ready. I agree it would help if WAM could be persuaded to support our contest.--Ipigott (talk) 07:27, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks very much Rosiestep I think that having the one contest in November is much more focused and will produce better results than spreading contributions across two. When it's decided what that big bar is measuring can we have something written on it! It's confusing still because the page also talks about 17% of WP articles being women and aiming to get that number to 20% so I thought the bar was going to measure progress from 17% to 20% but then I thought that probably isn't possible in real time so yeah clarification please would be great! MurielMary (talk) 10:36, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
Dr. Blofeld - Drawing your attention to this conversation. Will the bar show percentage progress towards a target amount of articles (e.g. 10,000) contributed to this contest during the month of November? Hoping you can shed some light here, and also on the contest FAQ page as others are probably wondering the same thing. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:43, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
I'll add it. Yes, like the Destubathon when we had a target and ended up with 102%. We could aim for 3000 but I think it's optimistic, the destubathon was very productive and produce 2041 articles in 6 weeks. I may still make it 1.5 kb for the women contest. I think 2000 and see how it goes.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:35, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Dr. Blofeld: 2,000 isn't very ambitious. We quite often hit that in an average month without a contest. How about 5,000? We can then go out and strongly encourage participation. If we don't make it during the contest, we can try to continue hors concours for the rest of the year.--Ipigott (talk) 19:59, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Megalibrarygirl and I went over how to delete pages, etc., and new pages were created to keep the numbering in sequence. So one more time... @Alafarge, Dr. Blofeld, Ipigott, MurielMary, Penny Richards, SL93, SusunW, and Victuallers:... please take a look at these drafts.

If you agree that they are good to go, then Megalibrarygirl or I can do the MassMessaging asap. --Rosiestep (talk) 22:17, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

Rosiestep template 60 has "World Contest" edit-a-thon as a red link, i.e. it doesn't point to the page of the sign up sheet, I'm guessing. SusunW (talk) 22:22, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
SusunW, Can't sort out which template has the redlink. Help? --Rosiestep (talk) 22:29, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: {{WIR-60}} SusunW (talk) 22:39, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
@SusunW:, sorry for the delay in responding, but I didn't get the notification, and clueless why not. I looked at the template and at the link to the contest, and I don't see a redlink. @Megalibrarygirl, Ipigott, and Victuallers:, can you take a look, too? We really do need to get this sorted out and get the MassMessage out soon. --Rosiestep (talk) 14:22, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: It's fixed now. No idea why it was red before, but it isn't now. SusunW (talk) 14:32, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
@SusunW: - yay! And btw, I didn't get the notification again but saw that you had replied as this page is watchlisted. Maybe it's the "rto"? I wonder if anyone else has had trouble with that? @Megalibrarygirl: - do you want to MassMessage, or I can as I do have time. I just don't want to step on toes if it's something you enjoy doing. --Rosiestep (talk) 14:42, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: I've sent them out! :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 16:19, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Rosiestep, Megalibrarygirl, SusunW: I've discovered that if you make an error in your pinging address, post the message and then correct the ping later, the person concerned is not informed. You have to send a new message with the correct ping for them to be alerted. This and the main WiR page have become so busy lately that the only reliable way to find out what's going on is to look at the page history. I'm glad to see the invitations are now being sent our by mass messaging. I'll prepare a simpler invitation to the contest for potentially interested WikiProjects and other editors and send it out within the next couple of days.--Ipigott (talk) 15:58, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
@Megalibrarygirl: yay! It looks great! @Dr. Blofeld: I'm guessing a lot of other editors will sign up after seeing this! @Ipigott: that would be very helpful; thanks. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:39, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Dr. Blofeld: I've created an invitation for wider distribution here. Unless you have any comments, I'll start sending it out later today.--Ipigott (talk) 11:54, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
  • It feels ok to me that we share editathon in WAM with you. Though we are quite busy in organizing the event, it's quite hard to follow up in co-organizing.--Fantasticfears (talk) 07:57, 27 October 2017 (UTC)

December 2017

Go Local

How about we do a "Go Local" theme? Since many people go home for the holidays they may have access to local resources at libraries, etc. This might help turn up some interesting and neglected women in history. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 20:02, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

I like this Megalibrarygirl. Maybe for December? --Rosiestep (talk) 13:48, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
Yes, Rosiestep, that's even better since a lot of college kids would be at home as well! :D Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:43, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
I think we're coming up with awesome ideas for our events. No one can say Women in Red is boring. :) Thanks for the idea, Megalibrarygirl. --Rosiestep (talk) 19:44, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
I like this too. We could encourage photos as part of this, i.e. buildings, public sculptures, monuments, stained-glass windows by women— for women architects, especially in the 19th and early 20th centuries, entries are often lacking any such pix. For example, Ida McCain, Edith Northman, Sarah W. Whitman. Alafarge (talk) 16:07, 18 August 2017 (UTC)
I love that idea Alafarge whenever we do architects, I must admit that one of my steps in evaluating whether to write is if I can find samples of their works. Artists too. If I have to use a "fair use" photo, I try to find one that shows them creating a piece of art. Photographs of their works make one see them in a more precise light, IMO. SusunW (talk) 16:47, 18 August 2017 (UTC)
SusunW So true. Alafarge (talk) 18:44, 18 August 2017 (UTC)

Seasonal celebrations

The local idea looks good. It will provide an opportunity for me to cover more on my local interests in Denmark and Luxembourg. I was also wondering whether there would be any interest in addressing something along the lines of Women in Christmas Art and Literature. It could cover women authors, screen writers, composers, singers, etc., not forgetting all those children's stories which are often so creatively illustrated by women too. We could also write articles on the works themselves. It should be a bit more relaxing than working on the November contests.--Ipigott (talk) 11:19, 10 November 2017 (UTC)

I've just realized that a fair amount of consensus has been reached on first ladies. I'm prepared to go along with that too but we could always put it off until January. I've noticed that a fair number of articles have been written on first ladies and the wives of political leaders from the developing countries during the November contest. One of the objectives of the first ladies focus could be to try to create new articles on those who are currently included in redirects to their husband's biographies.--Ipigott (talk) 11:29, 10 November 2017 (UTC)
Ipigott We usually have 2 topics and one Geofocus. If our Geofocus is local then with first ladies we have 2 instead of 3, so I don't see why we couldn't add another. The only question I have is that there is a large part of the world that does not take part in Christmas festivities, so would it be more encompassing to be called Women of Winter Festivals or something of the sort? SusunW (talk) 15:34, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
@Ipigott and SusunW: How about Winter Festivals Women and their Works, which would add non-Christian element. It would also add music to art and literature, which are already mentioned. For example, there are a lot of albums, hymns, etc. created for this time of year, and WikiProject Music or it's sister/daughter projects might be able to assist. Pinging our librarian, Megalibrarygirl, who may have some thoughts on how we'd develop redlists as that's a bit fuzzy for me. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:06, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
SusunW, Rosiestep: Many, many countries throughout the world celebrate Christmas either for religious or purely commercial reasons. I'm afraid I'm not aware of literature in connection with women of other winter festivals. But we could perhaps extend it to "Christmas and the New Year". That would also cover all the countries with high December temperatures. I had in fact mentioned composers and singer to cover the music. If there are problems with red lists I could try to help out.--Ipigott (talk) 16:12, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
The thing for me is that women have often been excluded. I don't think the message WiR ever gives out is that we exclude any women for any reason. IMO, our topics always should be broad enough to include women from all cultures. Just because we may not know of someone in a category, doesn't mean they don't exist. Judith and Deborah, for example, are highly associated with Hanukkah and I am sure that there are images of them that have been created by women. Surely there are women artists who have recorded music or painted images of Kwanzaa, etc. But I bow to consensus. SusunW (talk) 17:01, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
Support. --Rosiestep (talk) 17:17, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
@Ipigott, Rosiestep, and SusunW: I think I can make a Winter Festival Women and their Works list, for sure. The list will probably be heavy on literature, since there's a lot of Christmas books I can think of right now, but I'm sure I can go broader in scope. Let me work on it this weekend. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:10, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
@Ipigott, Rosiestep, and SusunW: I started a list Winter women and their works and so far have included books and ice artists. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 21:11, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep, SusunW, and Megalibrarygirl: OK, I see my suggestion was considered to be too narrow and I certainly agree with Susun that WiR should have wide appeal. I suggested Christmas as, like it or not, it has become global. Furthermore, I though it would have a good chance of attracting wide participation as most of us are aware of the cultural appeal of Christmas too. For me, winter festivals is much narrower. "Women in winter festivals" has associations with fashion shows, cabarets and even Las Vegas but certainly not with Christmas. But I probably belong to the wrong generation. Let's just see how it works out. In any case, thanks to Megalibrarygirl's evolving list, I can see I am about to be educated into a range of new ideas and works. On the other hand, many of the topics I had intended to cover have now been excluded as they have nothing to do with winter. But I'll always be able to add them to #1day1woman.--Ipigott (talk) 09:29, 12 November 2017 (UTC)
@Ipigott: The list I made, I started with literature, and there's quite a bit of women's Christmas works that haven't been written about. Do you have any songs/albums you'd like to add? I'm less familiar with musical works. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 20:59, 12 November 2017 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl: I was actually thinking of religious works which are probably no longer suitable as Christ was not born in winter and strictly speaking the true Christmas is not a winter festival. Most of the musical compositions, hymns, choir performances, etc., are based on Bible stories. But I'll see what I can do when I have time. You've already made a good start.--Ipigott (talk) 09:05, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
Ipigott oh! I understand now. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 14:51, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
I don't understand. Why is that you cannot include Christmas songs and art if you want? Maybe it should be called Women of the Holiday Season, then it doesn't point to the global north? Sorry, I am still tied up with construction, the final push is today, so hopefully that will end soon and I'm trying to write my articles for the Caribbean. SusunW (talk) 15:03, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
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──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @Rosiestep, SusunW, and Megalibrarygirl: I've been thinking about all this in the light of the above discussion, especially as Rosie suggested covering Christmas music, hymns, etc. How about we call it "Seasonal celebrations"? If we have it in December it should be self-explanatory and would cover a wide range of celebrations which have nothing specifically to do with winter. It would cater not only for our traditional Christmas but also for those more interested in Pancha Ganapati, Lohri, Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, New Year/Hogmanay, Orthodox Christmas and could even extend to Thanksgiving. All this could be explained on the editathon page.--Ipigott (talk) 08:31, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

I like that idea Ian SusunW (talk) 13:16, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
Me, too. --Rosiestep (talk) 13:27, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
Perfect! @Ipigott, SusunW, and Rosiestep:, should I keep updating the Winter women and their works list? I can rename it to "Seasonal celebrations" and I'll add the other holidays, too. I already have some Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Solstice works, both children's lit, YA and adult. Anyone can add songs, etc. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:41, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
Yep! Just rename it and then anyone can add stuff ;) Thank you Sue, you totally ROCK! SusunW (talk) 17:45, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
@Ipigott, Megalibrarygirl, and SusunW:, For clarification, will it be "Women of Seasonal Celebrations"? --Rosiestep (talk) 18:11, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
@Ipigott, Rosiestep, and SusunW: I renamed it to Seasonal celebrations Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Seasonal celebrations. Please add! :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:46, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
Rosiestep: I don't think we need to specify "Women of Seasonal Celebrations", for me "Seasonal celebrations" is enough.--Ipigott (talk) 19:27, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
That's what I changed the subheader above to read so looks like we're all on the same page. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:37, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

First Ladies/Spouses of national leaders

@Rosiestep and Megalibrarygirl: I am wondering if at some point we should do First Ladies. I ran across this list First Lady of Guatemala and seeing a sea of red, I checked a few others ... First Lady of Colombia, First Lady of Ukraine. Bottom line, there are a bunch of them without articles. SusunW (talk) 20:46, 15 September 2017 (UTC)

@Rosiestep and SusunW: I like this idea. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:05, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
I like the idea too but can we brainstorm a different name? "First Lady" is a very American term. In NZ and Australia for example the wife of the head of state isn't called the first lady. Just the Prime Minister's wife. Hmmm. "Wives of heads of state"? Or "partners or spouses of heads of state"?? For example, Cherie Blair is listed in the category "Spouses of the Prime Minister of the UK". MurielMary (talk) 23:05, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
MurielMary I'm not married to the name ;), it just seems like there are a lot of missing women in this area. In the US it is an actual job title, meaning the official hostess of the nation. In other places, there aren't specific duties for the job, and in those cases we have to be careful because we'll hear "notability is not inherited". I'm game to call it anything we can agree on calling it. It just seems to me that notability ought not to be hard to verify for such prominent figures. SusunW (talk) 23:42, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
Great, will see if anyone else has thoughts on the title, but I agree that it's a worthwhile area of focus. MurielMary (talk) 02:28, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I like this focus a lot and actually have a personal connection to it as, every year since 2005, I've marched in a parade as FLOTUS Helen Taft. As for what to call our event, how about "spouses of national leaders"? --Rosiestep (talk) 04:30, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

Yup, I'd vote for that! MurielMary (talk) 04:34, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
I'm down with that too. We may not even have to make a bunch of red lists if we just check to see what's already out there: First Lady of Iceland, First Lady of South Korea, First Lady of Brazil, First Lady of South Africa, First Lady of Mexico, First Ladies and Gentlemen of India, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Australia, Spouse of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Spouse of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, List of spouses of Prime Ministers of Thailand, List of spouses of Prime Ministers of Japan, etc. My cursory search showed a lot of lists already. Now to when? Would it work with December or January? SusunW (talk) 05:54, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep, Megalibrarygirl, and MurielMary: oops, I forgot to ping and I never seem to get notices from this page, *sigh* I think we need to reiterate that creators should not put she was the wife of/partner of X in the lede, (specifically on this topic), otherwise we will get a whole bunch of AfD and PROD notices. "She was the First Lady/Spouse of the PM/Primera Dama/etc. of ___ between ___ and ___ should suffice. Anyway, the big question is when do we do it? SusunW (talk) 16:27, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep, SusunW, and MurielMary: I don't mind putting together a redlist. If nothing else, it helps to show the scope of the issue; in this case how many first ladies aren't represented on Wikipedia. Also, I can check if they're notable, since some of them only have inherited notability. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:03, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
Sue, you totally rock! SusunW (talk) 18:10, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep, SusunW, and MurielMary: Are we going with "Wives of heads of state?" I can call the redlist Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Wives of heads of state or some such. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:29, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl Rosie suggested "spouses of national leaders" SusunW (talk) 18:35, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I'm editing on phone and can't search categories so easily, but I found one last night while on my laptop which seemed to correspond with the event title I suggested, but I'm up for something else, if you'd prefer. As for when, Dec sounds good to me; how about everyone else? Rosiestep (talk) 22:41, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

I'm being bold and putting it on for December. It can always be moved. {({shudders})} Cannot imagine editing on the phone. I hate my telephone—Can't type on it, can't swipe the thing (apparently I am a ghost as electronic things just don't see me). I just want a stupid phone that I can use if ever I need to talk with someone. I type 120 wpm on a keyboard, on a phone, it's like 1 wpm. SusunW (talk) 23:00, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
I've rescued my laptop from grandchildren. *yay* Thanks for moving this one to December, SusunW! BTW, Megalibrarygirl, this is the category I found last night, Category:Spouses of national leaders. Maybe it'll be helpful for laying groundwork for Wikidata redlists? --Rosiestep (talk) 23:29, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
BTW, just for fun, I looked at List of heads of state of Afghanistan, and started clicking on the first few entries, and most have a wife/consort listed but they aren't redlinks/bluelinks. So there are probably similar lists which, if we dig deeper, we'll find more names. I'd be glad to do some of this research once we start a redlist(s) on this topic. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:35, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
Yes. I found those Lists of type entries too. I am sure there are many of these. Some will definitely not meet our notability requirements, but I'm betting a bunch will. I don't know if we want to list them all out separately by name or just put the links to the whole lists under the country, but that little Guatemalan woman I did opened a can of worms ;) SusunW (talk) 23:42, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
@SusunW, Rosiestep, and MurielMary: I've started the list. I'm being pretty conservative adding to it, though. Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Spouses of national leaders. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:34, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
Looks great, and I like the disclaimer at the top, very clear. MurielMary (talk) 20:03, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
Yes! Totally agree with MurielMary. You nailed the disclaimer. I'll try to help add entries as I can, but am working hard on my goal to 1000 articles by the end of the year. Since I don't do stubs, I'm having to push myself a wee bit to get them finished. ;) SusunW (talk) 21:57, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
@SusunW: just noticed this post... 1000 articles for the year?!?! Beyond amazing. Humbling. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:28, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
No, no Rosiestep, good lord, that would be virtually impossible the way I write them. Not stubs. 1000 articles since I started WP 3 years ago. That's almost 1 per day, which is all that I can muster LOL SusunW (talk) 15:32, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I found this Las primeras damas de Costa Rica which is supposedly written by the top 3 scholars of the country, but cannot access it. [1] I really, really dislike hoarders of knowledge. Grrrrrrrrr SusunW (talk) 21:23, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

Dang... Same problem, SusunW. I can't access it. --Rosiestep (talk) 22:19, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
It didn't even come up when I put in my zip code, so I picked one near Sue ;) SusunW (talk) 00:09, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep, Megalibrarygirl, and MurielMary: Does anyone have an objection to putting an additional instruction in the header that says something like: "If you cannot verify independent notability with sufficient reliable sources, make sure the spouse is in her spouse's biography and write a brief, sourced description on the country list". Or something like that. Do we also think instructions should state to create a redirect? If so for her to the country list or husband? (I lean towards the list, but that is so that she gets the prominence rather than being lost in his bio.) SusunW (talk) 15:15, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
@SusunW, Megalibrarygirl, and MurielMary: yes, instructions are warranted for this event as we don't want these articles to be candidates for AfD. +1 to suggestion regarding redirect to the list rather than to the husband if there isn't enough material to write the article. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:33, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
@SusunW, Rosiestep, and MurielMary: yes I think it would be good to write the women who aren't independently notable into their husband's bios. That would be awesome. Clear instructions are going to be key on this editathon. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:22, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

January 2018

Women prisoners and detainees

A note on my talkpage about a Holocaust survivor, coupled with the fact that I'll be co-facilitating an edit-a-thon on Dec 9, 2016 at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, made me think about "women prisoners and detainees". Not sure what would be a good month for it, but the topic seems interesting/important. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:50, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

Holocaust remembrance day is in January, Rosiestep. Maybe we can do this for January 2018. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:14, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl, that's a great idea! Maybe we could partner with some of the Holocaust museums? I know there's the national one in Washington DC. But, of course, there are others. Another thought is to expand focus to include refugees, e.g. those who avoid/escape detention? --Rosiestep (talk) 18:45, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
Rosiestep, I've found that most communities of a certain size have holocaust museums (El Paso has one with a nice library.) We should have a lot of potential partners! I like idea about expanding to refugees. We could also include Armenian genocide and Rwanda maybe? Megalibrarygirl (talk) 21:47, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
Concur. I am amazed at how many women I have written about recently who have been "detained" or imprisoned: nurses in war, dissidents in various Eastern Bloc countries, etc. Lots of rich materials. SusunW (talk) 21:52, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
Plus comfort women. --Rosiestep (talk) 01:22, 22 June 2017 (UTC)
The Wiener Library in London specialises in this area and I have contacts there from a previous editathon so they might be interested in co-hosting activity for this. Another event coming up sooner is the International Day of the Disappeared on 30th August. The Red Cross support that and I'm developing some contacts there too. Andrew D. (talk) 12:39, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
Very cool Andrew Davidson. @Rosiestep and Megalibrarygirl: ask and you shall receive and they have a Wikipedian in residence ;) SusunW (talk) 14:26, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
@Andrew Davidson, Megalibrarygirl, and SusunW: Awesome! Love the idea of doing in-person events simultaneously with our virtual event. We should reach out to other editors to see if they have contacts in other cities/libraries/museums. --Rosiestep (talk) 17:00, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: I'm going to try to reach out to our local Holocaust museum. Maybe we could do an editathon with them. I'm glad Andrew Davidson is on board. :D Megalibrarygirl (talk) 19:13, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl - Sounds great! I'll reach out to Ariel Cetrone (WMDC) and see if she can get connected with the National Holocaust Museum. --Rosiestep (talk) 02:43, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl Rosiestep Sounds good. I'll reach out to our contact at USHMM. *Ariel Cetrone (WMDC) (talk) 13:43, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks Ariel Cetrone (WMDC).
Can someone please create a Wikidata list for women prisoners and detainees? I was just looking at Category:Prisoners and detainees and there are a lot of biographies in other language wikis so this should be a robust list. Also, Megalibrarygirl, do you know of any dictionaries on this topic that could help us with a non-Wikidata list? --Rosiestep (talk) 14:01, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
It would probably be helpful for us to have a Wikidata list for Category:People of the Holocaust for the in-person events at the various Holocaust museums. --Rosiestep (talk) 14:14, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
I'm sticking this here, as I don't see that a list has been made yet. Charna Furman (born 1941) architect, political prisoner, activist [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7] SusunW (talk) 22:55, 28 September 2017 (UTC)
And another Nassima Hablal (1927-2013) Algerian independence activist [8], [9], [10]
I'm adding three more. I don't know if we should just try to include them in the 1878 St. Croix Labor Riots and as redirects or if they should have their own articles, which I lean toward if we can find enough information. Mary Leticia Thomas (ca. 1838-1905, Queen Mary), Axeline Elizabeth Salomon (ca. 1858-? Queen Agnes) and Mathilde McBean (ca. 1858-1935, Queen Mathilda), there was also a fourth Susanna Abrahamsen (1830-1906, Bottom Belly) who has been left out of the narrative in some cases: [11], [12], [13], [14], [15], [16], [17]

Women in Fashion

I did something into the Fashion project in itwiki, and I discovered a lot of very notable stylist written in a pitiful manner. Then we have so many missing models. So I propose a Women in Fashion online editathon for October. --Camelia (talk) 13:49, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

Camelia.boban Being bold and moving this plus "Women's clothing" to January 2018 as this might be a good balance for our other January 2018 topic. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:41, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

Women's clothing

@Ipigott, Megalibrarygirl, SusunW, and Victuallers: I think Wiki Loves Women did a women's clothing editathon a while ago so maybe it would interest WiR? I wouldn't know where to start with building a redlist for it aside from somehow pulling items from Wikidata? I don't know if there are articles which haven't been written yet, or if they're pretty much accounted for. There are a lot of articles here Category:Clothing and pictures here Commons:Category:Clothing. --Rosiestep (talk) 21:44, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

Well, it would certainly ride along with fashion designers, though I have no idea about that. My idea of fashion (I live in a place where the temperature runs mostly between 80-110F year round) is cotton with zero polyester. Fashionable is not nearly as important as breathable. LOL SusunW (talk) 21:57, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
I guess my main question is, how do we know if we have articles created on all notable women's clothing types or not? I know we could create articles on "the wedding gown of foo", but aside from that, it's really a difficult question. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:51, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
I'm afraid I am no specialist in this area. But I would be surprised if Wikipedia had covered all types and items of women's clothing. I remember once helping out on women's skirts in ancient Rome and found lots of sources in Latin which proved relevant. The same must be true of Greece, Egypt, Persia, China, Japan and many other ancient civilizations.--Ipigott (talk) 04:39, 22 June 2017 (UTC)
Well, I can just say that I found several Native Americans this month who were involved in Native American fashion, and was surprised that it did not exist. Tons of sources about both traditional and contemporary fashion, but would warn that experts on the topic shy away from the use of the word "costume". SusunW (talk) 12:57, 18 August 2017 (UTC)

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)

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)

June 2018

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)

Discuss other ideas here

Women of the Sea

  • I found this book [18] 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)

Women singers

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

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)


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)

Geo focus: British Isles

What do you think about women of the British Isles for some month in 2018? --Rosiestep (talk) 22:30, 18 October 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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