Wikipedia:Meetup/Los Angeles/Women in the Olympics and Paralympics/September 2017

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Eugene W. Britt House
LA84 Foundation's main building
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Date Thursday, September 7, 2017
Location LA84 Foundation
2141 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Co-sponsor WISE Los Angeles
Organizers Rosiestep, JSFarman

5:45pm – 6:15pm
Arrival, check in, video montage
6:15pm – 9:00pm

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You are cordially invited to join the LA84 Foundation, WISE LA (Women in Sports and Entertainment Los Angeles), and Southern California Olympians & Paralympians for an evening all about fun, collaboration, and "writing" some historical wrongs. Only 17% of the biographical articles on the English Wikipedia are about women. The good news? That number is up from 15% just two years ago. More good news? On September 7, we can keep that number growing. We’ll be working together to create, update, and expand existing Wikipedia articles related to U.S. women in the Olympics and Paralympics. The edit-a-thon will be facilitated by Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, a prolific Wikipedia editor. Special guests will be at the LA84 Foundation headquarters for the edit-a-thon, including Renata Simril, President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation, who will give welcoming remarks. You will also have the opportunity to meet Olympians and Paralympians!

More information:

  • No experience is necessary – training will be provided – and everyone is welcome.
  • Wikipedia facilitators will be on hand to teach best practices for creating entries, or improving current entries.
  • No previous knowledge of women Olympians and Paralympians is necessary – our researchers have already identified a long list of names of people not currently in Wikipedia.
  • LA84 Foundation librarians and archivists will be on hand to offer research assistance, including showing how to use the digital library.
  • Complimentary food and drinks will be served, courtesy of the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • A deejay will be spinning.
  • Kids are welcome to come hang out – we have couches and bean bags and table tennis and foosball.
  • Bring your own laptop and power source.


  1. JSFarman (talk) 16:01, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
  2. Rosiestep (talk) 23:12, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
  3. Penny Richards (talk) 19:05, 23 August 2017 (UTC) (hoping to attend in person, will participate remotely if I cannot)
  4. Trackinfo (talk) 17:25, 2 September 2017 (UTC) I am hoping to make an appearance, late. 5:45 is about the worst time to try to get to that neighborhood. I've written a great deal about Olympians and the Olympics. In case I do not make it when the celebrity subjects are present, please, somebody get out a camera and take pictures we can use in the articles.
  5. MedLibHarrow (talk) 20:47, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
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  8. User:SMofLosAngeles
  9. User:Johano27109
  10. User:Wbhance
  11. User:Ctittl
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  13. User:Van.Haven
  14. User:Jqhansen
  15. User:Alyhanks
  16. User:Juliacmckinney
  17. User:Astraprice


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