This Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is hosted by the Girl Studies Research Network (GSRN) and the York University The Institute for Research on Digital Learning (IRDL) with support from the York University and Ryerson University Libraries.
The Girls on Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is designed to welcome everyone including absolute beginners and veteran editors. Did you know that only 10% of all Wikipedia editors identify as women? You can help us close the gender gap on Wikipedia.
Who is this for?
This is a York and Ryerson University event. All members of the community are welcome, as are all levels of experience with Wikipedia, no previous experience is necessary
- Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
- Time: 1:00 - 4:00pm
- Location: Kaneff Tower, room 715, York University. Here is a 
- Theme: This Editathon is brought to you in a partnership between Girl Studies Research Network (GSRN) and the York University The Institute for Research on Digital Learning (IRDL) with support from the York University and Ryerson University Libraries.
Girls and Girl Studies on Wikipedia
Purpose: Why Edit?
Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet with over 40 million articles in 301 languages. With about 500 million visits a month, it is important that we work together to fix the critical gaps in Wikipedia’s coverage of knowledge when it comes to marginalized groups. Did you know that only 18.12% of all Wikipedia biographies are about women and girls? We can change that with events like this one.
Our purpose is to contribute and amend meaningful content while closing the gaps and increasing visibility of underrepresented/marginalized communities.
Provide an opportunity for community engagement, promoting diversity and inclusion of both Wikipedia’s content and it’s contributors. The knowledge of marginalized communities is the knowledge of the majority of the world. How can we best support these communities to bring their knowledge onto Wikimedia projects? Learning patterns for centering marginalized knowledge: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/Centering_Marginalised_Knowledge
Let us know you're coming! For fire code reasons, space is maxed at 60.
If you have a Wiki account, you can register by adding your User Signature to the list of Attendees below.
We encourage participants to create an account ahead of time! You can get started now by clicking "Create account" in the top right corner of the page, or by following this link.
Tanya Pobuda, Poe_Toronto
Enroll in the Outreach Dashboard
Friendly Space Policy
This event is following the Wikimedia friendly space policy and attendees are expected to follow this policy. Please read it here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Friendly_space_policies
Guidance for Beginners
Check out the handy dandy beginners guide to Wiki editing: Ryerson University Library Wikipedia Beginner's Guide.
This guide will take you through creating an account, explaining the concept of notability, in addition to other basics, etiquette and protocols.
There are other useful tutorials and guides listed in Wikipedia Help below.
Working Lists, Sub Themes and Resources
- Stella Bowles - Nova Scotia Environmental and Water Activist
- Larissa Crawford - Albertan Metis Environmental and Renewable Energy Speaker and Leader
- Fae Johnston - Trans Activist, Report and Educator
- Sáj Gray-Starcevich - Environmental Activist
- Rayne Fisher-Quann - Youth Activist
- Aliénor Rougeot - Youth Activist
- Kelly Fraser - Inuk Singer and Artist
Resources and Research
What Else Can I Do?
Wikipedia articles are also in need of typo and copy editing - these are valuable contributions. If this interests you, check out the following project pages:
- Guild of Copy Editors: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Guild_of_Copy_Editors
- Typo Team: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Typo_Team