Wikipedia:Meetup/Durham/Women at Duke

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Mary Duke Biddle ca. 1910

Women at Duke Edit-a-thon[edit]

Please join us for an opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia articles, learn more about the rich history of women at Duke University, and then put that knowledge into action by creating and editing entries that document the lives and contributions of women alumnae, faculty, staff, and community members. This event is part of a worldwide movement to increase the percentage of women editors and woman-focused articles within Wikipedia. Bridget Booher, author of the recently published book Women at Duke Illustrated, will give remarks about her experiences conducting research on Duke women. Librarians will be giving a short training session then will be on hand to help with editing. Bring your laptop if you have one, or use one of ours. You can also participate from anywhere in the world! Co-sponsored with the Duke Women's Center and Duke University Archives. Dinner will be provided!


Thursday, March 20, 5-9 pm


The Duke Women’s Center (map)


To increase the number of pages on Wikipedia about the history and roles of women at Duke and to help close the Wikipedia Gender Gap

What to Bring[edit]

A laptop if you can! There will also be several desktop computers and laptops available to use. If you have research materials you want to use, bring those as well. If you are interested in adopting one of the women or topics listed below, please make a notation and we'll try to bring some background material for you. Otherwise, just bring yourself and your enthusiasm!

Getting started[edit]

Want to get a head start? You can:

  • Create an account and set up a user page
    • You’ll be able to edit Wikipedia without creating an account, but you must be signed in to create articles
    • Wikipedia has a limit on the number of accounts that can be created in a day at one IP address; help us avoid blocks by creating your account early!
  • Read about Wikipedia’s core content policies and five pillars
  • Learn about wiki markup
  • Check out the Wikipedia resources below for information on editing and article creation
  • Practice edits

Or just wait for the event, and we’ll walk you through it!

Wikipedia Resources[edit]

Possible Topics[edit]

Articles to Create[edit]

Articles to Edit[edit]

Check out this list of notable alums to see if there's an entry you'd like to expand on!


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