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When and Where
DateWednesday, March 6, 2019 and Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AddressSouth Lounge, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, New York City, New York
City, StateNew York City, New York
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus

Fordham University Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women's History Month

Event information[edit]

Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham will be hosting a #WomensHistory event on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.

This event is designed to increase the coverage of women on Wikipedia. Specifically we will be adding information about women from the suffrage movement. The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, refreshments, and a pizza reception following the event. This event is free and open to the public.  People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

We will have a list of possible articles to work on but you can also bring your own.

  • Dates: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Time: 4pm to 8pm
  • Location: Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, New York City, New York
  • Subway: 59th St/Columbus Circle: A•B•C•D•1

Sign into the Event Dashboard Please sign into the dashboard for our event so we can track how many articles were worked on during the event.

Let's Get Social! Tweet, like, comment or follow us on social media. Our hashtag/handles for this event are: #WikiFordham #WomenHistory #MonumentalWomen @MonumentalWomen #20000By2020 @WomensActivism

What is Wikipedia? and Why participate today?[edit]

Three new editors under tutelage

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website on earth (World Economic Forum), and the English language Wikipedia contains nearly 5.5 million articles, more than 40 million worldwide on 265 separate language sites, resulting in 16 billion page views per month.[7] (See the statistics page for more information.)

Although Wikipedia is the largest knowledge base on the planet, its lack of diverse race and gender content reflects the homogeneity of its editors.

You are helping to make women more visible on Wikipedia by participating today.

About the organizers[edit]

Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham Wikipedia for Educatorssupports and promotes the use of Wikipedia in the classroom,  organizes edit-a-thons on campus and promotes Wikipedia events in the community.  This is an open group made of faculty, staff, and students of Fordham University. Founded in 1841, Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, is committed to the discovery of Wisdom and the transmission of Learning, through research and through undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality.

Monumental Women The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc. (the Statue Fund) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to placing the first statue honoring women’s history in New York City’s Central Park. With support from the New York City Parks Department and the Central Park Conservancy, our statue site will be on the northwest corner of the Literary Walk portion of The Mall, the widest pedestrian path in Central Park. They are currently in the process of commissioning and endowing the monument, which will honor Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and other pioneers in the battle for women’s right to vote and the larger movement for women’s rights. Monumental Women is also working on a comprehensive education campaign that will contain information about many women who were a part of the nearly 80-year effort to get the Nineteenth Amendment passed, as well as developing additional statues and public recognition for women and people of color.

Department of Records’ WomensActivism.NYC WomensActivism.NYC is a five-year celebration of women’s activism and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial. The New York City Department of Records and Information Services created WomensActivism.NYC to honor the anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State in 1917 and in the United States in 1920. Our goal is to create a permanent New York City archive of women who have made a difference through their activism and in turn inspire activism today. The women in the archive may be famous or unknown. They may have lived in the past or may still be working today. The only requirements are: they must be women and they must be activists. We’re collecting 20,000 stories by the 100th anniversary in 2020. Share a story.

International Health Awareness Network (IHAN) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, non-governmental organization in consultative status with Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Department of Public Information (DPI) of the United Nations. IHAN works with the United Nations and other organizations to advocate and implement programs and policies that improve women’s and children’s health and quality of life. IHAN focuses on educating, empowering, and providing health care to women and children with a focus on under served socioeconomic groups. They also develop, fund and implement health projects, i.e. mass immunization, primary health care screening, treatment and educational workshops.

Wikimedia NYC is the regional Wikimedia chapter serving the New York metropolitan area. They help promote free access to the world's knowledge in support of Wikipedia and the other projects of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Event Agenda[edit]

We encourage you to RSVP for the event, but you will also be able to register on site starting at 3:30 PM. Introductions and the primary training session to start at 4:00 PM. We will have a brief time take a group photo at 7:30 PM and time to share at 7:45 PM. The program will end at 8:00 PM with wrap up to begin 30 minutes before that.

How to prepare[edit]

  • Bring your laptop: Editing Wikipedia is easier with a keyboard (if you don't have a laptop don't worry, we have reserved a computer lab on campus). Also see Access to the Fordham WiFi Network.
  • Task list we have prepared a task list for you of articles you can edit related to the Suffrage Movement but you are also welcome to work on your own article ideas. You will have access to the internet and Fordham's databases while on campus. If you like, bring an academic paper or other reliable source of information to cite, to support your addition to Wikipedia. You will use Wikipedia to distribute information from this source. Try to bring the highest quality most reputable source you can find for the information.
  • Create a Wikipedia account, if you do not have one already.
  • If you wish, take Wikipedia's own 30-minute online training and tour at The Wikipedia Adventure.

Welcome to the Edit-a-thon![edit]

Our mission for today[edit]

Thanks for coming today and participating in the #WomenHistory edit-a-thon to increase Wikipedia's coverage of women. Today's mission: Add at least one article, edit, image, or reference to Wikipedia.

Fordham Edit-a-thon Women's History 2019 Group Photo

Let’s begin:[edit]

  1. Get your account/ create a username: Please don’t use your real name. It should be 6-8 characters. If you need help, please ask a Wikimedia coach
  2. Add your user name to today’s event
  3. Listen to the training or if you are editing from home or online head here for the basics overview. Head here for a simplified tutorial.
  4. Browse Editing Ideas below and choose a topic to edit (or if you already have one skip to the next step)
  5. Edit: in short - (1) click edit (2) add a sentence (3) provide a citation (4) repeat
  6. Ask for help: Don’t worry about perfection, the Wiki Coaches are here to help you.

Editing Ideas[edit]

How to make a citation[edit]

1) First, click on the pencil icon on the right to begin using "Visual Editor". Visual editor makes editing easier - like writing a school paper.

2) In Visual Editor, click on the area you want to add the citation. Then click cite. If you have a website as a source, add the website to the blank area.

If you do not have a website source, click manual and follow the prompts. Then click publish. If you have questions, ask a Wikimedia coach or go to Wikipedia:Tutorial/Citing sources.

3) Then click publish.

Relevant Media[edit]


Please add your username

External Links[edit]

Educators For Wikipedia at Fordham: Women's History