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Esilda Villa[edit]

I am posting this here in the event that you or page stalkers might be able to help. I really wanted to write her story for lawyer's month. But she is not on and what I find is tantalizing, but insufficient documentation. This says she passed her legal exams in November 1928.[1] This says she was denied a license to practice because she had not completed the mandatory military service.[2] This says she became Bolivia's first woman lawyer on 22 January 1938.[3] Did it really take her ten years? She was involved in the First Feminist Congress in Bolivia as well.[4] There is a biography, [5] in the archives of La Paz. I posted on WikiProject Bolivia, but the project doesn't look to be active. Maybe you can find additional sources, as we are well aware that different geographic locations give different search results? Maybe someone from WikiMujeres can help? SusunW (talk) 17:36, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

One way or another, I'm sure you will turn this into a great article, SusunW. Pinging @Anna Torres (WMAR) and Señoritaleona for possible assistance with sources. Also, in the future, maybe we should reach out to WikiMujeres, WikiDonne, and LesSansPage regarding the work we're doing for our Gender Diversity Visualization UG? --Rosiestep (talk) 15:40, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for the contacts, Rosie. I thought we already did reach out to those groups, but if we didn't, we definitely should. Materials hiding in archives with no access to the public are exactly the kinds of materials we need to target. I noticed that Anna's profile is on Wikimedia and so I searched there and noted wikimedians in Bolivia are in the process of forming a UG too. Maybe Caleidoscopic, the contact for that group can help. SusunW (talk) 15:58, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Yes, Anna is the ED of WMAR. She is not only a leader in Argentina, but in Iberocoop. You may remember her as the facilitator from the March 2017 "The Women You Have Never Met" event? Likewise, you might remember Señoritaleona as the co-facilitator from the March 2018 image campaign. And glad you found Caleidoscopic (Olga). All three are located in South America, so hoping they have access to sources currently available to you. Pinging Camelia.boban as she might have different access, too. :) --Rosiestep (talk) 16:12, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
In this moment I don't have anything more. But I will search ;-). --Camelia (talk) 17:51, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Hi! Unfortunately, I can't find more sources for this biography :( The lack of sources is a common problem of any project about the history of women on Wikipedia. The digitization of books, magazines and periodical about women from archives that doesn't are currently online it's a key point. In Uruguay, we are trying to digitizise public domain materials that can help to create articles about pionerees feminist and women history. Here you can access to some materials from our March edit-a-thon. I ping Pablísima and Miacara76, librarians and members of WMUy, because they could help in this or further searchs on those subjects.--Señoritaleona (talk) 21:26, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Señoritaleona, thank you for trying to help. That's exactly the type of problem our User Group is trying to tackle.[6] The invisibility of records makes all minorities, whether they be cultural, ethnic or gender minorities remain out of the historic record. SusunW (talk) 23:04, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Hi everybody, and Hi SusunW I´m part of Wikimedians of Bolivia and also Wikimujeres, this library [7]is a wikipartner and we are working together somethings related to editathons and tryng to make an long term alliance, so, giveme this week to visit the site, the coordinator LaCris is also a incredible woman wikifriendly, I hope after this contact we can work some projects together, from Wikimujeres we have two big ideas about projects to visibilize women who conqueer spaces, really happy to be part of this list of incredible women fighting against the gender gap. Hugs and thanks for the patiente with my english, I´m not so good than I wish Caleidoscopic (talk) 00:46, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Caleidoscopic gracias mi amiga. Mi español is muy malo, so I totally get it (Reading is pretty good, but speaking and writing, not so much). If you can find the bio, even if it is not digitized, perhaps you can take photos of the source so we can write the article. I can translate it, just don't have access to it. She seems to be a significant figure in Bolivian feminist history and I would really enjoy both learning about her and making her story more well known. SusunW (talk) 01:08, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Caleidoscopic - ¡Estoy tan feliz de conocerte! Muchas gracias por tu ayuda! (Hope I wrote that correctly; I used Google translate.) --Rosiestep (talk) 01:51, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Dear Rosie! we both are friends, I think you only know my human name: Olga, we talk in WikiCon with other women and also in México city , I´m a little shy sometimes but we share an informal table to work about gender gap and stats with Sati, don´t forgetme :P, hugs Caleidoscopic (talk) 02:46, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Caleidoscopic - Ohhhhhh, yes, I remember you! Hi Olga! :) --Rosiestep (talk) 02:52, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

───────────────────────── And so, thanks to Caleidoscopic I was able to write the story of this amazing woman, Esilda Villa. So sad that her life was cut short in an accident, but so thankful that in her lifetime she worked so diligently on behalf of women and children. SusunW (talk) 15:11, 8 September 2018 (UTC)

@SusunW and Caleidoscopic- What a wonderful comment to read while drinking my first cup of coffee. So sad that Eslida, whose life held so much promise, died young. Thank you, both, for making the article happen and for sharing the struggles to get access to the information on my talkpage so that others can see the challenges we face (and how resourceful we can be when we work together). --Rosiestep (talk) 15:49, 8 September 2018 (UTC)
It does take a village Rosiestep. So thankful that through collaboration we could make this happen. SusunW (talk) 18:17, 8 September 2018 (UTC)

A cookie for you![edit]

Choco chip cookie.png Great work cleaning up the writing in Emma L. Shaw. {{u|zchrykng}} {T|C} 00:19, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Thanks, Zchrykng! I thought hers was a story worth telling as it was rather unusual for its time. The first source I used had a lot of information which I thought was important to keep in order to understand this writer, but, of course, it needed a good c/e. I just added info from the second source, I have at least 2 more sources whose material I'll add next. This should take me about an hour, and then I'd be glad for anyone else to jump in and give it some more attention. :) --Rosiestep (talk) 00:25, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
    • Great! (you might want to put an {{in use}} template on the page while making large changes. :) ) {{u|zchrykng}} {T|C} 00:30, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
@SusunW and Megalibrarygirl- I can't find year of birth or death for Emma. Hoping you might have access to some resource with that information? --Rosiestep (talk) 01:44, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
Born June 1840 [8] Died February 1924 [9] SusunW (talk) 03:26, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
SusunW - As usual, thank you very much! --Rosiestep (talk) 05:20, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

Sources needed for Days of the Year pages[edit]

You're probably not aware but Days of the Year pages are no longer exempt from WP:V and direct sources are required for additions. For details see the WikiProject Days of the Year style guide. You've made quite a few edits recently that don't conform. Please revert these edits - there are quite a few. Thanks. Toddst1 (talk) 00:29, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

Toddst1, you're right, I'm new to adding to "Days of the year", and I don't understand which ones don't conform. As for WP:V, each entry I've made has a WP:RS which confirms that date. If you're suggesting that I should add an inline citation to each entry, I'd respond that I didn't see any other inline citations, which is why I didn't do it. What am I missing? --Rosiestep (talk) 00:32, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
Yep, now each new entry requires an inline direct source. There's a project to go back and clean up all the entries that don't have them and either add sources or remove them if sources aren't available in the linked articles. Toddst1 (talk) 00:39, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
Toddst1, fair enough. I'll add an inline direct source to each, or revert my entry. --Rosiestep (talk) 00:44, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
Awesome. Thanks. Toddst1 (talk) 00:45, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
Toddst1, Would you please take a look at the ones I've done so far and let me know if I'm complying with the policy, vs. if I misunderstood. Thanks. --Rosiestep (talk) 01:09, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
Perfect! An example for others to follow! Toddst1 (talk) 01:14, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, Toddst1! :) --Rosiestep (talk) 01:24, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

October 2018 at Women in Red[edit]

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Good morning from Coreca and request for help, improvement and re-reading for Lori Jo Hendrix[edit]

good morning from Coreca, I write to you to say hello and know how you are, I'm well enough for now, I just finished having lunch after being in mass. I'm writing to ask you for your valuable help to expand, improve the article on a California actress, writer and model who now lives in Mexico, I have two versions of the biography here and here, I searched for other news through her facebook page, only I do not know from where to start not being a native English speaker. Turning on the wikipedia I saw that you are good, indeed an excellent creator of good quality articles, I wondered if you would like to improve this page since you are also a member of the project Women in Red, and you're an expert in biographies. I ask you this little courtesy, that is to make the page of Lori more decent, naturally if I can do something for you quietly ask, I will be at your service promptly. Greetings from Calabria and thanks in advance!--Luigi Salvatore Vadacchino (talk) 12:25, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

Good morning, Luigi Salvatore Vadacchino from Coreca. Thank you for stopping by. I looked at the article, and the two links you provided. Neither of the links are considered reliable sources so they cannot be used to improve a Wikipedia article. Generally, I do not edit biographies about living people but maybe my pagestalkers will have interest in this article. Also, as there may be some media coverage about her in Mexico, and maybe I can't see those articles as I'm in the US, you might consider posting this request on the Women in Red talkpage, which has more 2,400 viewers, some of whom may be in Mexico. Good luck and happy editing! --Rosiestep (talk) 14:50, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 1 October 2018[edit]

Results from global Wikimedia survey 2018 are published[edit]

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Welcome to the Months of African Cinema![edit]

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The AfroCine Project welcomes you to October, the first out of the two months which has been dedicated to improving contents that centre around the cinema of Africa, the Caribbean, and the diaspora.

This is a global online edit-a-thon, which is happening in at least 5 language editions of Wikipedia, including the English Wikipedia! Join us in this exciting venture, by helping to create or expand articles which are connected to this scope. Also remember to list your name under the participants section, if you haven't done so already.

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for Mary Alice Dowd. Magnolia677 (talk) 22:07, 4 October 2018 (UTC)
  • You're welcome, Magnolia677, glad you enjoyed it. And I appreciate the barnstar! I searched hard for more information, particularly a death date, but was unsuccessful. Maybe others will have access to more sources and can expand/improve the article. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:23, 4 October 2018 (UTC)
Rosie, I think maybe she was Alice Mary, or at least that's how she signed her passport application. [10]. Searching using that name, she was still alive and in Connecticut in 1900, teaching school in Stamford. [11] That led me to this, which shows in 1904, she moved to California and was teaching at Claremont College. [12]. She published Our Common Wild Flowers in 1906. [13]. If she had a sister Louella/Luella, she was still alive in 1938 and published a 3rd book of poetry with her sister, Along the Way. May be able to work on this a bit tomorrow, but right now the medicine is kicking in and I'm getting loopy again. SusunW (talk) 00:20, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
SusunW, wonderful finds. I have renamed her article as Alice Mary Dowd because of the passport, the name used on the frontispiece of her first book, and her VIAF name... they are all Alice Mary instead of Mary Alice. I'll look at the other links, etc. either later tonight or tomorrow as I'm getting tired. --Rosiestep (talk) 00:40, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
I found tons! Snippets here and snippets there in the free press for New York State. She was Luella's sister. She was a suffragette! [14] I'll add what I found. SusunW (talk) 15:14, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks so much, SusunW, for the research and the collaboration!! --Rosiestep (talk) 15:35, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
Not sure how to work this one in [15]. I think you might also be interested in the sister, Luella Smith, who was also a writer. [16]
SusunW, Me, too; not sure so will leave it be for now. But I will add this. Also, found the sister, Luella Dowd Smith, an article I created last year. Now they're linked. :) --Rosiestep (talk) 19:02, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
Very cool! Having a really hard time finding a death date for Alice. She was alive when Luella died in 1941, and got oranges from friends in Florida in 1943[17] SusunW (talk) 19:08, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
Nothing in my usual haunts. No roster for the cemetery in any type of curated list. Wonder if The Friends of Pine Hill Cemetery would respond to a query or even perhaps provide a photo of her stone or their registry book?
SusunW, good idea; I just wrote to them. Regarding "She was alive when Luella died in 1941, and got oranges from friends in Florida in 1943", what is the headline on this page as I don't see Dowd mention? --Rosiestep (talk) 19:48, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
It's in one of those untitled snippets in the "personals" column. Just above "Victory Garden Committee Named". Starts Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rivenburg in the 3rd column.
SusunW, great; I've added the 1943 info. Per findagrave, her parents were buried at Pine Hill, too, so there might be quite a bit of information about the Dowds; hope to receive a response. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:26, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
That would be awesome. Sometimes cemetery associations have printed books, sometimes just registers and sometimes only maps. Usually they are very helpful. I literally have gone so far as to leave a jar with my name and phone number on a grave to try to find out info on someone. It worked :) SusunW (talk) 20:34, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
SusunW, I googled the words Alice Dowd Universalist, and bingo, got her death date: July 2, 1943. :) --Rosiestep (talk) 21:07, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
Woo Hoo! I tried writer, teacher, New York, everything I could think of. Universalist was not even on my radar, but just goes to show you how hard it is to write about women. Congrats! The article is looking great. SusunW (talk) 21:45, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
  • It's wonderful to see what collaboration can do in improving biographical coverage. Great stuff!--Ipigott (talk) 15:24, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

27 Communities have joined WAM 2018, we're waiting for you![edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – October 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (September 2018).


Administrator changes

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Oversight changes

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Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • Partial blocks should be available for testing in October on the Test Wikipedia and the Beta-Cluster. This new feature allows admins to block users from editing specific pages and in the near-future, namespaces and uploading files. You can expect more updates and an invitation to help with testing once it is available.
  • The Foundations' Anti-Harassment Tools team is currently looking for input on how to measure the effectiveness of blocks. This is in particular related to how they will measure the success of the aforementioned partial blocks.
  • Because of a data centre test, you will be able to read but not edit the Wikimedia projects for up to an hour on 10 October. This will start at 14:00 (UTC). You might lose edits if you try to save during this time.


  • The Arbitration Committee has, by motion, amended the procedure on functionary inactivity.
  • The community consultation for 2018 CheckUser and Oversight appointments has concluded. Appointments will be made by October 11.
  • Following a request for comment, the size of the Arbitration Committee will be decreased to 13 arbitrators, starting in 2019. Additionally, the minimum support percentage required to be appointed to a two-year term on ArbCom has been increased to 60%. ArbCom candidates who receive between 50% and 60% support will be appointed to one-year terms instead.
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This Month in GLAM: September 2018[edit]

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Get ready for November with Women in Red![edit]

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Proposed deletion of Nina Miranda (disambiguation)[edit]


The article Nina Miranda (disambiguation) has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Unnecessary page, per WP:TWODABS.

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Please consider improving the page to address the issues raised. Removing {{proposed deletion/dated}} will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. © Tbhotch (en-2.5). 00:31, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

  • Hi Tbhotch, I agree; it's unnecessary. Go ahead and delete it. --Rosiestep (talk) 00:33, 15 October 2018 (UTC)