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Welcome to the Ideas Cafe where we serve up ideas for Women in Red's virtual editathons! The Ideas Cafe is our planning page, where your ideas become WiR events. Here, we discuss, organize, plan, and coordinate our activities. Please join the discussion here or on our project talkpage.
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  • identify sponsors and/or WikiProject hosts
  • create list of potential participants, including active editors from the area(s) to be covered
  • create editathon banner
  • create/find editathon icon
  • develop the WiR redlist, find related redlink lists
  • create meetup page, completing sections on
  • "Add these to articles" (stub templates, applicable categories, useful lists)
  • "Add these to article talkpages" (WikiProject banners, editathon banner for the event)
  • create the invite
  • distribute the invite
  • develop social media campaign (FB, Twitter)
  • We haven't been doing this but it would be great if we had a social media volunteer
  • add Authority Control if missing to all the articles created during the event
  • double-check each article for categories
  • double-check each article for talkpage banners
  • create the thank you and/or barnstar
  • develop a list of contributors (overlaps to some degree with registered participants)
  • distribute the thank you and/or barnstar after the event to the contributors
  • create Wikidata entry if none exists

August 2018[edit]

Indigenous women[edit]

I'd like to do indigenous women again for indigenous people's month. It always results in adding to our diversity. SusunW (talk) 17:40, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

Untouchables Women of Marginalized Populations[edit]

I like this, but would probably change the name to Women of Marginalized Populations. "Untouchables" by its very name is stigmatizing. SusunW (talk) 16:09, 14 February 2018 (UTC)
I found these women who are Dalit feminists: Kumud Pawade, Cynthia Stephen, Bama Kandaswamy, Meena Kandaswamy. Also, I think there's enough info out there to have an article on Dalit feminism which "analyses Dalit women's oppression as a triple jeopardy of oppression by double patriachies..." page 2-3, [1], [2], [3] Megalibrarygirl (talk) 19:42, 3 May 2018 (UTC)

Geofocus 'Bottom 10'[edit]

As suggested by Dsp13 [here, let's focus on countries that have very few articles about women. [4] We may need to use Wikidata lists and I'll see what I can dig up in each country for a crowdsourced list. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 15:33, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Women writers[edit]

Being bold and adding here. --Rosiestep (talk) 18:54, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

How about a completely new format?[edit]

(copied from the WiR talk page where a general discussion started on 1 May)

  • I don't know whether this is the right place to suggest it but it might be an idea to change the format of our monthly priorities. How about introducing something along the lines of "10, 20 or 30 new articles per person per month" or "cover 5, 10 or 15 different countries"?. These could be presented as "challenges" with variants on WiR barn stars/laurels as awards for those who make the mark. Participants might like to list up-front the people or works they intend to cover during the month. We might even find trendy names for the challenges such as Shoot for 10, 20 or 30 and Raise 5, 10 or 15 flags (and we could actually add appropriate flags to the lists of new articles as in the World Contest). I also think editors might like to list their names next to the articles they create. This would not only provide additional incentive but would be a basis for checking out the results. We could try to revamp our editathon pages, invitations, etc., along the same lines. It just seems to me that a new approach might encourage more participants to write more new articles. June might be too soon to undertake any such radical changes but it would be interesting to hear what you all think about it, including any other ideas you may have on how to attract more enthusiasm for Women in Red.--Ipigott (talk) 06:40, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott I did not answer on the talk page, as I do not want to discourage discussion. I will go with the majority on this, but am not a fan contests. They may motivate others, but for me, competition with others is not a motivating factor and rather has the opposite effect. My focus has always been on quality rather than quantity and I never have any idea how many articles I can write in any given month, as it depends on the sourcing I find. If others want to go the contest route, I will simply carry on and contribute as I am able, as committing to completing a large number of articles which I may not be able to do is self-defeating. I committed to writing one article for each country in Latin America and the Caribbean for the world contest and dug up notable women with sourcing. When others wrote 2 sentence stubs from those sources, it was frustrating for me and forced me to then find other women to write about since only creation counted. Not my cup of tea, but as I said, if others want to I won't protest. SusunW (talk) 15:19, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott Depending on my interests, I may do more than 1 article per month for Women in Red (i.e. Women in Sports). However, depending on the monthly contests and my mood, some months might be lower than others with the number of articles I make. The goal that I've been doing is at least 1 article per month for the monthly contests of Women in Red. However, I've also been making articles for the #1woman1day initative as well. Maybe that would work? --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 20:43, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
SusunW: Thanks for your useful comments. I realize you yourself need absolutely no further encouragement to continue writing great biographies on a wide variety of women each month but I have noticed that despite the considerable number of new WiR members, many do not continue to participate. I thought it might be worth trying out a slightly different approach to see whether we can persuade more of our members to participate over the medium term and not just when we target art or sports. Even if we run contests, I think we should try to encourage articles which at least offer a summary of the most important items in biographies or descriptions of works. I agree with you 100% that we should be not encouraging two-line stubs from editors who can do better. Maybe irrespective of quantity, quality should become a more explicit goal.--Ipigott (talk) 06:29, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
MrLinkinPark333: The challenges I was suggesting are not intended to be an obligatory target for everyone but rather an additional incentive for those who like to participate in them. Past experience seems to indicate many do. But certainly consistently creating just one or two new articles a month is fully in line with our goals. Keep up the good work.--Ipigott (talk) 07:00, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
  • On the basis of these comments, we could perhaps start experimenting with this in August when we will probably need to encourage support for the proposed topics. I also think we should aim for "quality" new articles, as suggested by SusunW, and not just mini-stubs.--Ipigott (talk) 08:37, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott August seems like a good place to start and since Sue and Rosie chimed in on the WiR talk page, seems that the consensus is to try a new format. SusunW (talk) 13:16, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
Strong Support. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:31, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Proposal for a Monthly achievement scheme[edit]

As promised, I have put together a short proposal on a WiR Monthly achievement scheme. Initially, to avoid confusion and keep things staightforward, I suggest we should limit it to new biographies as these are by far the most popular type of article on WiR and they also form a basis for statistical assessment of progress. I look forward to general reactions here or on the WiR talk page where I have also made an announcement. More detailed comments could be made on the scheme's talk page. If all goes well, we could trial it in August for just one month. We could then assess whether/how to proceed in the months ahead.--Ipigott (talk) 14:30, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

Thoughts. This is going very well. A minimum article might be helpful. Maybe three refs and 500 words? Also this would be a great opportunity to include other languages. We would just need to add en:article to allow es:article to be also added. Victuallers (talk) 10:02, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Firming up August[edit]

I know we haven't flipped the calendar to July yet, so it may seem early to talk about firming up August, but lots of people travel or spend time doing outdoor things in July, so I figured to get a jump start. Because the other offerings for August seemed narrow-scoped, I added Women Writers as it's a broad category. But maybe we should put all of these away to implement Ian's idea for a new format. Truly, it intrigues me. I think we have the most potential to enthuse our members/participants if we implement something new/broad/fun. Where do we go from here, @Ipigott, Megalibrarygirl, SusunW, and Victuallers? --Rosiestep (talk) 18:54, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

I thought that from the talk page, this idea was to replace 1 day 1 woman, as a catch all for any article on women which did not meet the monthly targets. Maybe I misunderstood. As always, I will go with whatever the majority decides, but have already selected two indigenous women that I will definitely be writing on, regardless of whether WiR has those as a topic for Indigenous People's Day/month. SusunW (talk) 19:15, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott, Rosiestep, SusunW, and Victuallers:I really like the ideas for the month since they mainly fit into a theme of focusing on marginalized or under-served groups of women. There's a lot that can be written about for Dalit feminism, for example. Hopefully I'll be able to work on that (There's just so much nonsense going on in the world, though and I've been contributing to articles relating to Trump protests and the child detention centers recently.) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:36, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott, Rosiestep, SusunW, and Victuallers: Plus, at least one editor,[5] wants us to keep #1day1woman. So maybe, in order to incorporate Ian's idea, we add another offering(s); waiting to hear from Ian how he thinks that might be best executed. One thing is for sure, it doesn't seem like the number of offerings is a problem, e.g. different editors just like different things. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:50, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
As far as I'm concerned, we don't need to change anything. The "notable women" link on the invitation goes to #1day1woman. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll expand on what we could do to introduce a new format, possibly in August, possibly later.--Ipigott (talk) 08:07, 30 June 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott, Megalibrarygirl, SusunW, and Victuallers: I am not going to be able to help much with August preparations because of getting ready for and then traveling to Wikimania. Sorry. :( --Rosiestep (talk) 22:24, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott, Rosiestep, SusunW, and Victuallers: No worries, Rosie! I'll make up the pages once everything's decided and I don't mind sending out invites or making the invite. Just let me know. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:38, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
I'm not much help with the technical parts unless there are crowd sourced lists I can help add people to. SusunW (talk) 22:48, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Megalibrarygirl: I'm really pleased to hear you are willing to work on the editathon pages and the invitations for August. Now that I have tidied up the Monthly achievement initiative page, it would be great if it could be included in the August invitations. If you have time to work on them, maybe it would be possible to send them out rather earlier than usual, perhaps around 20 July. Let me know if you need any help with anything. In the meantime, I'll make some preliminary announcements of the initiative. Rosiestep: Now that the "initiative" page is ready, perhaps you can also promote it among your frieds at the Wikimania event. It would be great if it is picked up by the international press.--Ipigott (talk) 08:57, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott: I can probably put the pages together today or tomorrow. :) I don't mind making the pages and if it would be helpful, I'll make them every month as long as I'm pinged when the final decision on the topics are. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 19:36, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott, Rosiestep, SusunW, and Victuallers: I'm going to start putting pages together soon if there's no objections. I'm going with Indigenous Women, Geofocus Bottom 10, Women of Marginalized Populations and Women writers. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:15, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl: That looks good. If you manage to do the editathon pages for these, I could perhaps help with the invitation, adding an announcement on our Monthly achievement initiative.--Ipigott (talk) 08:28, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl Aren't we also rolling out Ian's new scheme? SusunW (talk) 14:03, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
SusunW Doh! Yes, we are. Will that need a new page? I'm fuzzy on the details, but I like the idea and the badges I saw. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 16:26, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
@Megalibrarygirl and Ipigott: the way I read Ian's note above is that he has his page ready, it just needs to be included on the invitation. Just didn't want you to forget or send the invite without him adding links. ;) SusunW (talk) 16:57, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
SusunW Oh! Got it. I'll start putting together the pages in just a bit then. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:23, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Megalibrarygirl: There's no mad rush although it would be good if we could send out the invitation in the next few days. The page for the Monthly achievement initiative is ready at Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Monthly achievement initiative: August 2018. Let me know when you've put together a draft invitation for August and I'll adapt it to include an announcement on the achievement initiative. Let me know if you need any help with anything.--Ipigott (talk) 08:46, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

Ipigott awesome! Thanks. I'll give you a heads' up very soon. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 19:41, 17 July 2018 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl: Thanks for the editathon pages. I've put together the invitation for August. Feel free to mass message it wheneven you have time.--Ipigott (talk) 09:16, 18 July 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott thank you so much! I'll send the invite out. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:27, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

September 2018[edit]

Academic staff and researchers[edit]

With an emphasis on living people, as suggested earlier by Victuallers.--Ipigott (talk) 09:20, 23 January 2018 (UTC) Thx Ian Victuallers (talk) 15:28, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

I think we should consider living academics (need a better term). As you know I've been tweeting lots of new articles but the high profile profs that Wiki misses are very popular - once written. I guess this is WikiScientists and WikiClassics all in one Victuallers (talk) 13:16, 22 January 2018 (UTC) See September Victuallers (talk) 15:28, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

Law + Women[edit]

The idea comes from: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Women in Red#Women in History: Lawyers and Judges. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:12, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

I certainly think we should make this our top priority for September. Thanks to Montgomery28, we now have at least 60 lists of first lawyers and judges.--Ipigott (talk) 10:59, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

Geofocus Hispanic countries[edit]

Hispanic heritage month starts on September 15, so we could do Spanish speaking countries maybe. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:16, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Are we ready?[edit]

@Ipigott, SusunW, Rosiestep, and Victuallers: should I start making the pages? Megalibrarygirl (talk) 20:36, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

I'm good with these topics :) SusunW (talk) 20:41, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
Me, too. :) --Rosiestep (talk) 04:50, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
So off you go, Sue. Let me know if you need any help.--Ipigott (talk) 08:07, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

October 2018[edit]


Being bold with a suggestion. We could do a focus on clubwomen and the clubs, conventions and publications they've created. Also the buildings they used are often historic. I could make a list---and also see if there were similar club movements in Canada, Europe and Mexico. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 01:23, 2 February 2018 (UTC)

Sure! I think there have always been "clubs", with one name or another, where women around the world meet on a regular basis. I just don't know what they might be called in other languages... organization, society? Unfortunately, Woman's club movement is only EN-wiki so that's not a help. Beyond the US, I'm thinking that historically, Bible study, temperance, suffrage, peace, quilting, sewing would be club-like activities, right? --Rosiestep (talk) 02:08, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
"Women's groups" or "women's organisations"?? Plenty of material down under for this topic :-) MurielMary (talk) 03:01, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Love the idea! SusunW (talk) 16:17, 3 February 2018 (UTC)


Per this suggestion by Nattes à chat. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:55, 6 February 2018 (UTC)

Strong support. --Camelia (talk) 17:16, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy[edit]

Discussions on our Twitter feed (@wikiwomeninred) have identified the poor percentage (14%) of Irish women who have Wikipedia articles including @wikimedia_ie. I am asking them to turn up here to explain, enthuse and commit. Victuallers (talk) 09:28, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

As part of the Wikimedia Community Ireland we have run a couple of events in the past that were focused on women. These have taken place at various locations around the country. There is certainly scope for further events and it would be amazing to have a themed month when we could co-ordinate events. I'd certainly be interested in hosting a follow-up to our very successful WikiWomenIE event in Galway in March 2017. Sharonlflynn (talk) 18:28, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Hello! I'd be delighted to bring in a number of our events to coincide with an online drive. We do monthly editing events in the Dublin Hackerspace we could theme. I could look at some collaborations with groups and institutions we've worked with to run some events as well. Smirkybec (talk) 18:36, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
I'm working at getting as many SFF genre people as possible to assist in improving the number of SFF people on wikipedia with a more specific personal goal of improving the women in SFF on here. Also I got in touch with someone who works with Richmond Barracks about improving the 1916 women on Wikipedia. It would be great to be able to have a themed month where we could try to hook as many of these people up with events online and IRL to improve the numbers of women and reduce the gap in general, but especially to improve the condition of the gap for Irish Women. We've had events in Galway, Dublin and Cork so far this year. To keep the momentum going of getting more voices online would be wonderful. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 20:06, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Next available GeoFocus date is December 2018, but that is traditionally a slow editing month with the holidays. I would suggest putting it on the calendar before it gets filled up. Just saying ... SusunW (talk) 20:24, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
We're intending to run a genre event (of some small nature) in October to put the SFF people in. It might be good to have a geofocus on Ireland asap after that so people can get excited and then take part. um... The "put it on the calendar" - Victuallers is that something you know how to do? Or? ☕ Antiqueight chatter 20:33, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Antiqueight, I have no idea what SFF is, but if you want to put it on the calendar for October, just move this whole section up to October. A Geo-focus of North America is already there so name it something other than Irish women (like maybe what SFF is?) SusunW (talk) 22:24, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
SusunW, My apologies - I spent the day with the folks I know in the field so I was thinking in shorthand. Science Fiction and Fantasy. I am intending to have a panel about Wikipedia and how it impacts (and is impacted by) people in the science fiction and fantasy world - particularly women and POC- at Ireland's Con in October. (Tweet thread - this came on top of realising that Ireland's gender gap has only 14% women bios unlike the average of 18% based on the data from here. Do you think perhaps so that moving the request up to October and calling it 'Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy' would be a good idea? And continue to aim for Irish women in December? I'm not sure how this works... ☕ Antiqueight chatter 22:41, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Yes, that is exactly how it works. Stuff goes down here until it gains support, then just moves to the calendar. If you don't post it (in this case them), ASAP, there will be insufficient space, as we typically keep to no more than 4 events per month. SusunW (talk) 22:56, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Geofocus: North America[edit]

Being bold and suggesting North America geofocus in support WikiConference North America, which will occur October 18-21, 2018. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:24, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

November 2018[edit]

Geofocus: Asia[edit]

Supporting WikiAsiaMonth. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:46, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Deceased politicians[edit]

In light of the election cycle, I'd love to do women politicians, but to prevent recentism and a lot of AfDs on current candidates, could we focus on 1950s-1970s women politicians? There are so many of them and the articles that we do have tend to be poorly written, that I think there is a lot of room for improvement.SusunW (talk) 19:35, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

I like the idea of politicians but wonder if mid-century is too narrow, especially considering non English language countries. I love the idea, however, of avoiding recent politicians, so offer these suggestions, "dead politicians" or "pre-internet politicians" or something like that? --Rosiestep (talk) 19:45, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Thank you Rosiestep. I've changed it to 20th-century deceased politicians. Recognizing that often they are controversial and certainly if they are alive and in office, seems less likely to be contentious if we focus on those who have died. (Besides which, it will give the opportunity to work with Women in Green on the likes of Sirimavo Bandaranaike 1st woman head of state :-) ) SusunW (talk) 19:52, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
SusunW, as we're focusing on XX-c women this month, what if we broadened the politician event to simply: deceased politicians? I think there would be few of the pre-XX-c era, but there might be quite a few of the present century. This might appeal to those editors who like to focus on more present-day biographies. --Rosiestep (talk) 19:15, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
Works for me, Rosiestep. I cannot imagine there are very many women who were politicians before the 20th century, as we couldn't even vote, but based on that logic, 20th century become redundant anyway. The goal of using deceased is so that we avoid those who have recently been elected and have no notability as a politician yet. I've changed it above. SusunW (talk) 20:31, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

Women in engineering or Women in STEM[edit]

What about Women in Engineering? I see there's a crowd-sourced list of engineers on Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Redlist index and will make a point of adding to it, particularly if this idea is accepted. Otherwise being really bold, what about Women in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — all in one hit? I think it's important to focus on fields that are so-called non-traditional ones for women.Oronsay (talk) 23:54, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Just my 2 cents but in September we are doing women academics, which will include a bunch of women scientists, though it is impossible to know if they will be STEM scientists or social scientists. Engineers, however, I don't think we have had a specific focus on. I'd support it. SusunW (talk) 14:08, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
You are correct about Academics taking in all-comers, SusunW. I'm happy to go with the flow! Oronsay (talk) 21:16, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
I will always support a suggestion of Women in Engineering. We need more of us. :-D ☕ Antiqueight chatter 21:26, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
@Oronsay: Perhaps you would like to add the List of female Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering to this idea? There are currently almost 40 women that are not linked and could be used to generate names of missing women. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 17:19, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Strong support. With WikiDonne we organized 2 itinerant editathons (at University of Padova and Open Source School in Bari) about women in STEM fields (computer science). At least other 2 are to come in Pisa (women in physics and chemistry) and Genova or La Spezia (oceanography and women in scuba diving). --Camelia (talk) 17:32, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

@MrLinkinPark333: Thanks for suggestion. As you are aware, I have been working on the List of female Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering. I have created a draft in my sandbox and will add more details to it, before adding it to the CS list of red-linked engineers. Oronsay (talk) 01:55, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

December 2018[edit]

Geofocus: Ireland[edit]


I'm being bold and putting this here, based on this [6] conversation about The Royal Photographic Society focus on influential female photographers. SusunW (talk) 13:00, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Women In Tech[edit]

I don't know if it's been done before, but maybe an editathon Women In Tech? Just an idea I got after writing the stub Roxanne Varza. SL93 (talk) 23:51, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

Good idea, SL93, especially, I think, if we include redlists for the subcats and sub-subcats of Category:Women in technology, and promote/advertise all of them so that editors who focus on gaming and electronic music and DJs etc. might be interested in participating. I couldn't find a cat for Digital Archivists, but maybe there are women in this field we should include? Thoughts, @Megalibrarygirl, Missvain, MurielMary, and SusunW? --Rosiestep (talk) 04:45, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
@SL93 and Rosiestep: we do have some lists to draw on, but I should really beef up the Women in Tech list. We could also probably draw from the wikidata list Women engineers. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:07, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
@Megalibrarygirl:, do our redlists include all the subcategories, eg women in electronic music, of Category:Women in technology? PS, this is my 2nd edit on a phone. Definitely doable, but not easy. Can't imagine writing an article this way. --Rosiestep (talk) 22:50, 16 September 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: Yes, editing on phone is terrible. >.< As for the lists, we have women in video games, computer science and other related topics. We don't have a list of women in electronic music, but I can look into that. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:08, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, @Megalibrarygirl:! --Rosiestep (talk) 17:22, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
Being bold and moving this one out of the discussion area. Been there a long time and has yet to be on the calendar.


  • February: Black Women
  • March: Art+Feminism
  • June: Wiki Loves Pride ---Another Believer (Talk) 23:22, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
  • August: Indigenous Women
  • August: Women in Science Fiction (see below)

Discuss other ideas here[edit]

Ada Lovelace Day[edit]

On the 9th of October. The Pankhurst Centre and a set of mostly WomeninStem activists are going to organise an editathon (lots on twitter). They may be short on expertise and I'm encouraging them to badge this as Women in Red. I have spoken to them on the phone and intend to drive halfway to meet them next week.... they are in Manchester. This is a heads up. Are there any people close to Manchester? I'm several hours away but willing to travel. It will not be open to all genders. Not sure how this links it to the monthly offers. Victuallers (talk) 09:55, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Twitter mates[edit]

We have monthly editathons now running in Edinburgh which are mainly in person. Ewan is one of the Wikimedians in Residence and they are very successful - They are badges as WiR - great!. A similar series is starting in Swansea. Last month they did nurses and this month business people. They want to be a "women in red" event. I will see if we can harmonise subjects. This is for info only I guess but is there a good place to log in-house events ? Victuallers (talk) 14:01, 19 January 2018 (UTC) p.s. I see WiR is getting mentioned by name in French! Femmes Rouge Wikipedia Victuallers (talk) 14:01, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Victuallers - I think it would be great to include in-person Women in Red events in our list here: [[Template:Women in Red]]. To that end, I just added a line for in-person events in the 2018 section. Please add whatever events you're aware of... and 2017 events, too. After you get the ball rolling, we should mention it on the main WiR talkpage so that others know to do so, too. --Rosiestep (talk) 19:21, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
Update - still running. The next one is on August 16th at Edinburgh Uni Library. Victuallers (talk) 09:55, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Geo focus: US, Puerto Rico, Guam[edit]

WMDC has received a grant for $1250 for a women's content contest which will occur during April 2017. It'll be a destubathon; but, as all/most articles start as a stub, the contest also falls under the purview of WiR. Will provide more info when it gets sorted out. --Rosiestep (talk) 20:16, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

I suggest we focus on creating articles on women from Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands (Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas).--Ipigott (talk) 10:21, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
Hi Sturmvogel 66 - Do you have any more information about this? --Rosiestep (talk) 15:50, 20 April 2017 (UTC)
I love that idea! Megalibrarygirl (talk) 21:02, 6 May 2017 (UTC)
We have someone else looking into being the facilitator for this so stay tuned for further developments. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:43, 23 May 2017 (UTC)
Nothing new to report so putting this on the back burner. --Rosiestep (talk) 17:58, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Hello, just a thought, maybe this idea could cover all present day Territories of the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, Northern Marina Islands, and American Samoa.Thsmi002 (talk) 02:16, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

Femicon Museum[edit]

See this tweet conversation Victuallers (talk) 09:22, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

This seems cool, Victuallers, and we haven't touched this focus area before; did you reply to her? Maybe we could start an email convo with a few of us? Hey, Megalibrarygirl, I looked over the website, and wondered how easy it might be to create a redlist for this focus area, "femininity, girlhood, and the aesthetics of cute within twentieth-century video games, computing, and electronic toys"? --Rosiestep (talk) 18:55, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
I think I could try to create a redlist based on the Femicom collection. Will start. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 21:09, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
@Victuallers and Rosiestep: Here's a start-up redlist: Femicom Museum Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:13, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl; mega cool... mega thanks! --Rosiestep (talk) 23:38, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
I invited her to post here. I'm not sure how big the museum is and we would need her or one of us to take the lead. Its not a subject I know anything about - but I can see that its an important area. Big thanks to MLG - do feel free to tweet her. Victuallers (talk) 06:52, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

Trading article ideas[edit]

I was wondering if anyone would be interested in trading names of women with others who are interested in creating articles on specific topics. For example, I have many names of American women who have won prizes or been inducted into hall of fames. That way, our lists on Wikipedia and our personal lists could hopefully be reduced and we get to work on articles that are in our interests that we might not have come across already. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 05:50, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

I'd be interested in adding lists that others have created (such as yours) into the Women in Red redlist collection. Let me know if this interests you? This is because it is my hope that Women in Red is as well known for its redlists as for its created articles. --Rosiestep (talk) 13:26, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: That would be perfect. It'd help reduce the amount of people on my to-do lists and give them out to others who want to work on them. I already moved my first one here but I'm thinking on making another one on women who were/are United Nations Special Rapporteurs as that list is huge. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 20:29, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
That's awesome, MrLinkinPark333. Also pinging Megalibrarygirl who is really good with to-do list ideas! --Rosiestep (talk) 21:52, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
Just finished Rosiestep Megalibrarygirl. See here for the United Nations redlist. There are also women in United Nations working groups but I haven't included them in this list. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 22:20, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
Sweet! Thanks for taking the iniative, MrLinkinPark333! I hope everyone feels comfortable adding to our lists, but if you don't, ping me. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 01:03, 12 May 2018 (UTC)


Seems to me that we tend to focus on the same areas over and over and I am wondering if we just did a straight alphabetical list of countries each month, if that would get more coverage of women worldwide. So for example "A" would have lists from: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, and Azerbaijan; "B" would have Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso and Burundi; and so forth. SusunW (talk) 20:09, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

@SusunW: That would be interesting. The geofocus would be filled for almost 2 years before the list would be repeated :) --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 03:54, 3 August 2018 (UTC)

Women in Science Fiction[edit]

August 2019 will see Ireland host the world convention of Science fiction with Dublin2019. If the October panel at Octocon is a success we will be hoping to host an even bigger version at the Worldcon the following August. It's an event with several thousand genre type people attending. There will be writers (Science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, computer games etc) and tech types in the crowd. I'm hoping to go for marginalised groups in that crowd (women, POC, non gender binary etc). Does it seem fair to have another month focused on this group within the year? While there would be such events annually these are the 2 that I will be able to have an impact in and drive having a wikipedia event at, with those goals. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 13:44, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Love this one and would join in. Penny Richards (talk) 18:08, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Penny Richards Can't remember if I replied anywhere to this - but Yay! thanks. Good to have interest and support on this idea. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 22:30, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
Antiqueight You're welcome! I started an article yesterday on Gertrude Minnie Robins, who published some spooky stories and novels in the early 20th. She turned up in a database of SFF writers, though she's really more gothic/ghosty, from what I can tell. A good topic for the autumn/winter! Penny Richards (talk) 23:38, 18 August 2018 (UTC)