Wikipedia:University of Edinburgh/Events and Workshops/Women in Red

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University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon

Booking[edit]

Everyone is welcome! Book your place at each meetup below.

Welcome[edit]

  1. Please create an account on Wikipedia if you have not done so as yet.
Women in Red
  1. Join the dashboard page for today's workshop.
  2. Have a look at our new Histropedia timeline of Women's suffrage in Scotland.
  3. Have a look at our Navigation box template we add to the foot of pages about the Scottish suffragettes.
  4. There is a draft biography you can look at and use as an exemplar: Mary Blathwayt.
  5. Would you like to do more editing after today? There is a WikiProject Women in Red you can join to take part in their monthly themed editing events and we hold in-person Wiki Women in Red editing events at the university too.

About the event[edit]

Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others? As part of the Wikimedia residency at the University of Edinburgh, the University's Information Services team will run an informal Wiki meetup focused on improving Wikipedia's representation of notable women; turning red-linked articles that don't yet exist into blue clickable ones that do.

These are drop-in sessions so knowledge of Wikipedia editing is beneficial. However, Wikipedia editing can be easy to pick up as this 5 minute walkthrough of the new Visual Editor interface demonstrates. The editing will focus on creating and improving the quality of articles about notable women on Wikipedia using source texts such as The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.

In November 2014, just over 15% of the English Wikipedia's biographies were about women. Founded in July 2015, WikiProject Women in Red has brought the figure up to 17.82% as of 29 April 2019. Not impressed? "Content gender gap" is a form of systemic bias, and this series of meetups seeks to address it in a positive way.

Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and create new role models for young and old alike!

We Can Edit
Interview Emily Temple-Wood discussing gender diversity on Wikipedia

How do I prepare?[edit]

The Manual of Style[edit]

Wikipedia has help pages which set out style guidelines for pages being created on certain subject areas. Please have a look at the following pages:

June 2019 priorities for WikiProject Women in Red[edit]

Join WikiProject Women in Red and add a userbox to your page.

  • In addition to our monthly editathons, you can cover women in any sphere of interest by taking part in our continuing #1day1woman initiative.

Special initiative for 2019

  • Throughout the year, we will be maintaining month-by-month interest in our Focus on Suffrage initiative.

Happening now

Recently concluded

Past meetup details can be found here.

Use the PrepBio tool[edit]

Meetup 24 - Friday 5 April 2019[edit]

The twenty-fourth meetup will be in Room 1.08 on the first floor of the University of Edinburgh Main Library (view map). Join us to write more fabulous women onto Wikipedia, the go-to information site for people around the world. We'll be there from 12:30pm to 5pm so join us when you can and stay as long as you want to/need to (some people get VERY into writing their articles when they get started). Everyone is welcome. The room has desktop computers provided but feel free to bring a laptop if you prefer.

Meetup 25 - Friday 3 May 2019[edit]

The twenty-fifth meetup will be in Room 1.08 on the first floor of the University of Edinburgh Main Library (view map). Join us to write more fabulous women onto Wikipedia, the go-to information site for people around the world. We'll be there from 12:30pm to 5pm so join us when you can and stay as long as you want to/need to (some people get VERY into writing their articles when they get started). Everyone is welcome. The room has desktop computers provided but feel free to bring a laptop if you prefer.


Women in Scottish Archaeology event - Thursday 9 May 2019[edit]

Dig It! and Edinburgh Central Library in collaboration with Wikimedia UK are calling on YOU to add to and improve the world's collective knowledge about women in Scottish archaeology. Spend the day learning how to become an editor of the world's largest online encyclopedia and get to grips with a variety of amazing resources from Edinburgh Central Library. Learn about the lives and work of the women we've identified, or bring along your own knowledge about the women who have inspired you. You will actively help to build a global audience for Scotland’s rich culture and heritage, and bring forgotten stories to light.

Book via Eventbrite to take part from 10am to 4pm at Edinburgh Central Library.

NB: There maybe an event on May 17th in tandem with a Women in Red event happening at the University of California on Climate Science, Diversity and Inclusion. More details to follow as we have them.

Meetup 26 - Friday 31 May 2019 - Mental Health and Wellbeing[edit]

The twenty-sixth meetup will be in Room 1.08 on the first floor of the University of Edinburgh Main Library (view map). Join us to write more fabulous women onto Wikipedia, the go-to information site for people around the world. This meetup with also focus on creating and improving articles related to Mental Health and Wellbeing to mark Mental Health Week 2019. We'll be there from 12:30pm to 5pm so join us when you can and stay as long as you want to/need to (some people get VERY into writing their articles when they get started). Everyone is welcome. The room has desktop computers provided but feel free to bring a laptop if you prefer.

Meetup 27 - Friday 28 June 2019[edit]

The twenty-sixth meetup will be in Room 1.08 on the first floor of the University of Edinburgh Main Library (view map). Join us to write more fabulous women onto Wikipedia, the go-to information site for people around the world. We'll be there from 12:30pm to 5pm so join us when you can and stay as long as you want to/need to (some people get VERY into writing their articles when they get started). Everyone is welcome. The room has desktop computers provided but feel free to bring a laptop if you prefer.

Trainers[edit]

Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh

Hit list of articles to be created or improved[edit]

Helpful updates could be as simple as: Making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional; Adding new inline citations/references; Adding a photo; Adding an infobox; Adding data to more fields in an existing infobox; Creating headings; Adding categories; etc.

The following is a small sample of topics to work on. Feel free to come up with your own ideas!

May ideas[edit]

BDSW articles[edit]


  • Bessie Wright - Perth healer accused of witchcraft. Entry in the Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Witchcraft.
  • Women's suffrage in Scotland - new article to be written.
  • Helen Wilkie - suffragette. Can more be found about Helen Wilkie so she has her own article?
  • Kholoud Al-Faqih - can the page be expanded?
  • Jane Pirie and Marianne Woods - entry in the Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women. Teacher and litigant in court case concerning lesbianism. The case inspired the film The Children's Hour.
  • Eileen Fuchs - Pilot and travel guide. Entry in the Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.
  • Lorna Young - Pioneer of Fair Trade movement from Dumfries. Entry in Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.
  • Helen Acquroff -Pianist, singer, poet, music teacher from Edinburgh. Entry in Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.
  • Williamina Barclay- nurse who helped evacuate St Kilda. Entry in Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.
  • Merbai Ardesir Vakil - Physician. Entry in Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women. First Asian woman to graduate from a Scottish university.
  • Elizabeth Girling - Spanish civil war veteran. Entry in Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.
  • Ella Eronen - Finnish actress.
  • Aleksandra Gripenberg - Finnish feminist, writer, and member of Parliament.

Latest pages[edit]

Pages created and improved form our Scotland's Suffragettes event for Vote 100.

Recently additions[edit]

Recently drafted[edit]

  • Jane Clapperton - British philosopher, birth control pioneer, social reformer and suffragist.
  • Lilias Maitland - one of the first women graduates from a Scottish University at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Margaret Nairn - Scottish suffragist, was one of the first of eight women graduates from the University of Edinburgh in 1893.
  • Christina Larner - British historian with pioneering studies about European witchcraft and Professor of Sociology at the University of Glasgow.

Looking for ideas[edit]

The following Wikidata list demonstrates what information Wikipedia has about women writers & artists educated at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Click here to see the list.

The following Wikidata list demonstrates what information Wikipedia has about women writers with Scotland as their country of citizenship or nationality.

  • Click here to see this list.

Worklist[edit]

Scholarship - academics and historians[edit]

Heroines, risk takers[edit]

Pages to be written, expanded, improved and infoboxes & images added.

Writers, performers, actors, musicians[edit]

  • Morag Hood, actress - needs additional citations. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  • Lucy Prebble, writer - page needs updating.
  • Val McDermid, writer - can this be updated/improved?
  • Mona Caird writer - needs additional citations. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  • Jane Duncan, writer - This article relies too much on references to primary sources. Needs additional citations. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  • Nancy Whiskey, singer - short article, can it be improved? (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  • Molly Weir, actor - needs additional citations. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  • Nell Ballantyne, actor - only 1 line. In dire need of expanding. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  • Meg of Abernethy, earliest female harper known in her country. Only 1 line. In dire need of expanding. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  • Mary McMurtrie, internationally recognised for her botanical art. Needs an infobox. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  • Madeleine Christie, actor - only 3 short lines. In dire need of expanding. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  • Jean Milligan, dancer. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[32], Book in main library, [33]
  • Signora Violante, Edinburgh rope dancer, tumbler, actor. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[34][35][36]
  • Euphemia Davison, Glasgow dancer and supplier of dance troupes. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  • Elizabeth Baker (actor), Edinburgh. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[37][38][39]
  • Charlotte Deans, strolling player. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[40][41][42][43]
  • Jessie Fraser, actor, singer and theatre manager. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[44][45][46]
  • Marianne Hesketh, actor, theatre manager. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[47][48][49][50][51]
  • Mary O'Rourke (singer), 'boy' soprano variety singer. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[52][53][54][55][56]
  • Effie Morrison (broadcaster). (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[57][58][59]
  • Lennox Milne, actor from Portobello. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[60][61][62]

Articles to Finish Creating[edit]

Accused witches[edit]
  1. Draft:Beatrix Leslie - a Scottish midwife executed for witchcraft.
  2. Margaret Bane, a Scottish midwife and alleged witch. Needs expanding. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  3. Margaret Burges, indicted for witchcraft. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[63][64]
  4. Agnes Finnie, Edinburgh shopkeeper and moneylender who was executed for witchcraft. Needs expanding and added to 'Magic & Witchcraft in the British Isles' navbox. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  5. Janet Horne, the last person to be executed legally for witchcraft in the British Isles. Needs infobox and added to 'Magic & Witchcraft in the British Isles' navbox. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  6. Grissel Jaffray, last woman executed as a witch in Dundee. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[65][66][67][68][69][70][71][72]
  7. Euphame MacCalzean, one of the North Berwick witches. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[73][74][75][76][77][78][79][80]
  8. Gormla and Nicneven - names attributed to several accused witches. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women articles).
  9. Agnes Sampson, a Scottish healer and purported witch. Needs additional references and added to 'Magic & Witchcraft in the British Isles' navbox. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  10. Jane Weir, charged with incest and witchcraft in 1670 and was subsequently executed. Needs infobox, expanding with additional references and added to 'Magic & Witchcraft in the British Isles' navbox. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).
  11. Bessie Wright, Perthshire healer investigated for witchcraft in 1611. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[81][82][83][84][85][86][87][88]
  12. Issobell Young, tenant farmer's wife from Dunbar indicted for witchcraft. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[89][90][91][92][93][94][95][96]
Women in Architecture[edit]
  1. Elizabeth Diller (architect).
Women in Medicine[edit]
  1. Elizabeth Marion Innes BMJ obit [97]BMJ. Obituary[98]Scotsman. Obituary [99]RCPE. Obituary [100]
Women in Chemistry - Pages in Draft[edit]
  1. Draft:May Badger
  2. Draft:Isabel Hadfield
Literary Women - Pages in Draft[edit]
  1. Draft:Mary Clementina Hibbert Ware
  2. Draft:Irene Simmonds
  3. Draft:Mrs Gordon
  4. Lucy Yeend Culler
  5. Draft:Norma Bright Carson
The Eagle House suffragettes[edit]

Commemorating the suffragettes who each planted a tree in Annie's Arboretum following their release from prison after hunger strikes.

Suffragettes and women's rights campaigners in the Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women[edit]

Suffragette articles to be improved[edit]

Articles to Improve[edit]

Women Writers[edit]
Role models[edit]
Heroines of the Wallace Monument[edit]

Sources[edit]

Suggested sources:[edit]

General[edit]
  • DiscoverEd to find books, ebooks, journals, ejournals and more.
News sources[edit]
Theses databases[edit]

Outcomes[edit]

Newly created pages[edit]

  1. Annie Elizabeth Nicholson Ireland
  2. Margaret Aitken (the great witch of Balwearie)
  3. Ruth Adler - Human rights and child welfare campaigner.
  4. Ethel Froud - feminist and trade unionist.
  5. Bridget Hill - feminist and historian.
  6. Dorothy Geddes - the first woman to be appointed to a professorship of dentistry in the United Kingdom.
  7. Helen Archdale - journalist, suffragist. Page improved with additional details regarding the League of Nations.
  8. Frances Melville - promoter of higher education for women in Scotland and suffragist.
  9. Annie Barnes (suffragist)
  10. Ethel Bilbrough - First World War diarist, artist and newspaper writer.
  11. Blanche Blackwell - a Jamaican heiress, mother of Chris Blackwell (founder of Island Records) and inspirational muse to Ian Fleming and Noël Coward.
  12. Prunella Briance - Founder of the National Childbirth Trust and a passionate campaigner to improve the health of women and their experience in childbirth.
  13. Irene Brown - Bletchley Park veteran. [256]
  14. Hilda Goldwag - an artist whose work included painting, book illustration and commercial design.[1] Many of her paintings are of Glasgow life and building from the mid-to-late twentieth century.
  15. Diorbhail Nic a' Bhriuthainn - a Scottish Gaelic poet and songwriter who lived on the Isle of Luing in Argyll, Scotland.
  16. Agnes Finnie - an Edinburgh shopkeeper and moneylender who was executed for witchcraft on 6 March, 1645.
  17. Grace Frankland - an English microbiologist. Page improved with 10,000 bytes+ of additional information.
  18. Elizabeth Fish - a schoolteacher and the first elected woman president of the Educational Institute of Scotland, the oldest teacher's trade union in the world.
  19. Arline Usden - journalist and editor.[257][258][259][260]
  20. Sheila Kitzinger - 3000+ bytes characters added to Sheila Kitzinger's page: a British natural childbirth activist and author on childbirth and pregnancy.
  21. Lady Finella - a Noblewoman and Scottish assassin who killed King Kenneth II out of revenge, based on chronicles from the 1300s.
  22. Hillary Homzie - lecturer, playwright and author.
  23. Mamie Magnusson - Scottish newspaper journalist and author.
  24. Catherine MacLeod - Scottish Gaelic singer.
  25. Olive Fraser - a Scottish poet born in Aberdeen.
  26. Mary Esslemont - Aberdeen GP noted for her work with the city's poor and underprivileged and for her activism for women's rights.
  27. Alice Stewart Ker - the suffragette doctor
  28. Aune Krohn - Finnish writer from a family who made "Finnish" popular
  29. Mary Blathwayt - suffragette.
  30. Dot Allan - Scottish novelist
  31. Ann Kihengu - an entrepreneur, distributor, and winner of the 2010 Africa Laureate of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards for her work to replace the use of kerosene lamps by distributing solar lamps and solar phone chargers in Tanzania via a network of young entrepreneurs. Ann is also a member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum Think Tank. #BlackHistoryMonth
  32. Jane Alexander (author)
  33. Mary Andross - Scottish food chemist.
  34. Emily Lloyd (chemist)
  35. Caroline Pellew - chemist.
  36. Mary Corner - chemist.
  37. Robina F. Hardy - author.
  38. Mary D. Rosengarten - author.
  39. Cecilie French - chemist and lecturer.
  40. Mrs E. H. Thompson - author.
  41. Phoebe Blyth - Scottish philanthropist, educationist and campaigner for the opening up of opportunities for womrn in professional employment and university education.
  42. Marian Reeves - feminist activist.
  43. Gerardine Macpherson - 19th-century English biographer and illustrator.
  44. Mary Leman Grimstone - writer and social reformer.
  45. Mary Tuck - social scientist and civil servant.
  46. Margaret Troup Gray - teacher, translator and missionary.
  47. Maud Galt - accused of witchcraft in Kilbarchan, Scotland.
  48. Christian Caldwell - crossdressing witch-hunter in Morayshire, Scotland.
  49. Margaret Mylne - Scottish suffragette and writer.
  50. Kitty Kenney - English suffragette, sister of Annie Kenney.
  51. Barbara Baehr - German arachnologist.
  52. Annie Murray (Spanish Civil War nurse). ☑Y
  53. Euphame MacCalzean - accused witch, executed in Edinburgh in 1591.☑Y


Improved pages[edit]

Template for the editathon[edit]

Upon publishing the article on Wikipedia's livespace, please add the following templates to the Talk page:

Add to article talk pages...
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  • {{WikiProject Biography| }} or {{WikiProject Biography}}
  • {{WikiProject Women}} if born after 1950; or {{WikiProject Women's History}}:: if born before 1950.

What can I do after the event?[edit]

Join us for the event!

You may find these useful if you want to learn further about editing:

External links[edit]

Participants - Sign Up Here![edit]

Prior to the event:

  1. RSVP: ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk
  2. Do you have a Wikipedia User Name?
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    Yes? Go to Step #3
  3. Sign up! Add your Wikipedia User Name to this section by clicking the blue button below (follow instructions). Your name will be added to the bottom of this page
Don't worry! If you haven't edited Wikipedia before and don't have a Wikipedia User Name yet, we will help you on the day of the event! And remember to have fun!