Wikipedia:WikiWomen's History Month
WikiWomen's History Month is a wiki-coordinated program of distributed international events and editathons focused on WikiProject Women's History, to be held throughout the world in celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month in March 2013. These events can also be held ON Wiki - as themes and translation projects!
It is modeled after the Wikipedia Loves Libraries campaign (a month of distributed library micro-conferences), and the broader Gender Gap outreach effort. This is the second year. You can read about last year's event here.
The advantages of the WikiWomen's History Month model:
- Easy to organize at cafes, student clubs, at home and at small (or large!) public libraries or museums
- Welcoming to everyone, especially new Wikipedians and Wikipedian-wannabes looking to contribute on women in history
- Allows diverse local focuses on aspects of Women's History
- Also, it's fun!
Find inspiration for articles to be expanded or creation on our to-do list (and add to it!): Wikipedia:WikiWomen's History Month/To-do list.
Please share your outcomes on the WikiWomen's History outcome page! We'll be promoting these successes via social media and let's work together to continue to improve them! Also, see a list of 2012 events here.
Upcoming 2013 real life events
Please promote your event on social media. If you have a Facebook invitation, please post it with your entry below.
- Twitter hashtag
- Events don't have to be big! Have a small event at your house. Learn how with this blog by WikiWoman Seeeko.
- Indian women Wikimedians will run a series of online and offline edit-a-thons. Details can be seen here.
- United Kingdom
- Wikimedia UK is running an event to encourage women to edit to coincide with International Women's Day. We are joining an event at the Southbank Centre in London - Women of the World festival. This was an awareness rising talk rather than an editing session. Contact Daria Cybulska (daria.cybulskawikimedia.org.uk)
- Catalonia (Spain)
- Amical Viquipèdia is organizing a project where actual librarians from the Catalan & Basque Network of Libraries will write Wikipedia articles on 1910-1930's pioneer Women librarians. It will work as a typing contest. More info (in Catalan) here. Contact User:Kippelboy
- Amical Viquipèdia is organizing an edit-a-thon to improve the articles about prominent women with a street dedicated in Palafrugell at Local Archive. More info (in Catalan) here. Contact User:Davidpar
- On 9 March Wikimedia Poland is organising the second edit-a-thon in Warsaw (Wikimaraton). It will be a Women-related editing event. Contact: Adam Kliczek (User:CLI, adam.kliczekgmail.com)
- Wikimedia Sweden and The Swedish Women's Lobby are hosting an edit-a-thon focused at the history of the women's movement.
- Wikimedia Italia and Girl Geek Dinners Bologna will host an open talk about women and Wikipedia followed by a workshop. Contact: Atropine
- New Orleans, LA
- March 6, Wednesday - History of Women in Higher Education Wikithon
- South Hadley, MA
- March 6, Wednesday - Mount Holyoke College Women's History Month edit-a-thon
- Eugene, Oregon
- March 9, Saturday - University of Oregon Women's History Month edit-a-thon
- Southern California
- March 15, Friday - THATCamp Feminisms Edits of Engagement
- Atlanta, GA
- March 15, Friday - THATCamp Feminisms Edits of Engagement
- Washington, DC
- March 29, Friday - Women in the Arts Meetup & Edit-a-thon at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art
- Cambridge, MA
- March 29, Friday - Women's History Edit-a-thon @ Harvard
- 2nd March, edithaton among women in São Paulo
Upcoming online events
WikiProjects are encouraged to create and develop women's history month focuses for the month of March. Please list your event here!
Opera and women's history
- WikiProject Opera will, as usual, feature an all-woman "In this month" on the Opera Portal.
- Our "March Composer of the Month" collaboration will feature Ethel Smyth. We plan to create articles on four of her operas.
- Our "March Operas of the Month" collaboration will work on improving and creating articles for operas based on female historical figures.
- We hope to have several articles from the two collaborations make it to the Did you know? section on the Main Page in March.
Architecture and women's history
- WikiProject Architecture features on the Architecture Portal as selected article of the month the Frankfurt kitchen, designed by architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky.
Resources for event organizers
Please take a look at the below resources. If you're stuck, or have a specific question, you can contact Sarah Stierch, who is a volunteer and lead organizer for this event. You can email her at sarahstierchgmail.com. Please visit the WikiWomen's Collaborative for further help, too.
- Meetup event pages
- Wikipedia:Meetup - Includes details on developing your event and how to create a meetup page.
- Edit-a-thon How-To - if you're interested in running a successful edit-a-thon.
- Promoting your event
- Wikipedia:Geonotice - A geonotice is a banner that pops up at the top of Wikipedia based on where you live (like the donation banners!). Request a geonotice for areas around your region and Wikipedians in those areas will learn about your event!
- Finding users in your area to invite - Check out the event pages for past meetups in your area and invite those users on their talk pages.
- Wikipedians by location - Invite users based on where they live - It's easy to do this by exploring who has what types of userboxes on their pages.
- Wikimedia mailing lists - Promote your event through mailing lists for those interested in Wikimedia projects. There are mailing lists for regions around the world and specific interests.
- Giveaways and support
- Wikimedia chapters - Visit this link to learn more about your local chapter.
- Local chapters are available for financial and promotional support! Ask your local chapter how they can help today!
- Past events
- Wikipedia Loves Libraries
- British Library Edit-a-thons, January 14-15, 2011 and June 4, 2011
- Children's Museum of Indianapolis Edit-a-Thon, August 20, 2011
- Joan Miró Foundation Edit-a-Thon, September 2011
- Smithsonian Archives of American Art Edit-a-Thon, July, 2011
- GLAM events - Learn about how GLAM WIKI has thrown events of all types