Wikipedia:WikiWomen's History Month

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WikiWomen's History Month is a wiki-coordinated program of international events and edit-a-thons focused on WikiProject Women's History and related projects such as WikiProject Women artists, WikiProject Feminism, and WikiProject Women scientists, to be held throughout in celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month in March 2015. These events can also be held ON Wiki - as themes and translation projects!

This is the third year this event has taken place. The 2015 event is produced by the WikiWomen's Collaborative with support from Fembot, the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon. The lead Wikipedia organizer is User:SarahStierch.

The advantages of the WikiWomen's History Month concept:

  • 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.

2015 outcomes[edit]

Please share your outcomes on the WikiWomen's History outcomes page! We'll be promoting these successes via social media and let's work together to continue to improve them!

2015 events[edit]

Participants in a Women in the Arts edit-a-thon, 2013
Participants at the Women's History edit-a-thon at Harvard, 2013


Please promote your event on social media. If you have a Facebook or Eventbrite invitation, please post it with your entry below. Also, visit our resources section for more information on how to produce and promote the event.

Upcoming online events[edit]

WikiProjects are encouraged to create and develop women's history month focuses for the month of March. Please list your event here!

Resources for event organizers[edit]

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 sarahstierch@gmail.com. Please visit the WikiWomen's Collaborative for further help, too.

Here are some resources to help you plan and promote your event. Feel free to add your favorite resource here.

Planning an edit-a-thon and lessons learned[edit]

Editors helping editors at a WikiWomen's History Month edit-a-thon in 2012
  • This Edit-a-thon How-To guide can help you plan your event which was created by experienced volunteers.
  • A blog about having a small scale Wikipedia editing party at your home by User:Seeeko
  • An evaluation of edit-a-thons which looks at numerous edit-a-thons from 2012-13 and assesses their impact and makes suggestions for improvements.
  • A self-evaluation by User:SarahStierch of past WikiWomen's edit-a-thons which includes her step by step on how she produced the event and lessons learned.

Learning patterns[edit]

Learning patterns are created by volunteers and based on experience and evidence. They're short and helpful resources you can use when planning your event:

  • Afterparty tells you why it's important to have a post-event get together to celebrate your achievements.
  • Cookies by the exit reminds you to the importance of surveying participants to see what you can do better next time.
  • Fostering affinity groups is important, so women can feel comfortable contributing to Wikipedia together without an worries.
  • Icebreaker explains why it's important to have everyone get to know each other at the start of your event.
  • Informal venue discusses how you can have a successful event anywhere, whether it's a coffee shop or a casual environment without formal planning.
  • Let the media know provides easy ways to promote your event so more people hear about it.
  • Mix newcomers and veterans discusses why it's important to have newbies and experienced editors together at an event.
  • Photographic evidence explains why it's important to take photographs!
  • Repeat events: Don't just have one event and never have another - have multiple to attract more regular editors and help sustain contributors to Wikipedia.
  • Safe space policies are used to make sure everyone has a fun and safe time at your event.
  • Six account limit: Did you know you can only make six new accounts via one IP at a time? So if your event has lots of new potential editors who don't have accounts, here's how you can make new accounts without worry.
Hard at work. Editors at a 2012 WikiWomen's History Month event.

Promoting your event[edit]

  • Add your event to the Wikipedia meetup page by adding it here. You can also find links for other language Wikipedia meetup pages, too.
  • Social media! Don't forget to promote it via your Twitter using the hashtag #wikiwomen and sharing it on Facebook. You can also post it on the WikiWomen's Collaborative Facebook page.
  • Promote your event via geonotice, which adds a banner to the top of Wikipedia readers and users pages based on where they live you can learn how to set one up here.
  • Find Wikipedians who live near the event location and promote it to them via their talk pages. Two resources for this:
  • Post to an event announcement to a mailing list and let community members know. Yow can find a list of mailing lists here.
  • Don't forget the gender gap mailing list for people interested in getting more women to contribute to Wikipedia.
  • Connect with a local chapter or affiliate who can sponsor and co-promote your event. Find a list of local chapters here.