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Women in Red - A Wiki meetup every month to improve Wikipedia's representation of notable women is hosted at the University of Edinburgh and supported by the Women in Red project.

University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon


Everyone is welcome!
Book your place for each meeting below.
You can get lots of helpful information on the Wikimedia residency at the University of Edinburgh website. More events on Eventbrite and on Wikimedia Scotland's site'.


Women in Red
Building a Biography - simplified
Creating a Wikipedia Userpage
  1. Please create an account on Wikipedia if you have not done so as yet (having problems? see below) and join the dashboard page for today's workshop.
  2. Have a look at the suggested obits on notable women and our monthly Women in Red worklist of pages to create/improve below and decide who you want to work on. More redlinks can be found on WikiProject Women in Red's crowdsourced and Wikidata-driven Redlist index. Once you have decided who to work on Add your chosen page here.
  3. Join WikiProject Women in Red.
  4. How to create a Wikipedia user page (pdf guide) - More pdf guides below.
  5. Wikipedia Basics site (how to add a link, citation, image and more).
  6. How to edit - video playlists ((how to add a link, citation, image and more).
  7. Have a look at our new Histropedia timeline of Women's suffrage in Scotland.
  8. Have a look at our Navigation box template we add to the foot of pages about the Scottish suffragettes. We can create, amend and add more Women in Red to these templates and make these pages more discoverable.
  9. There is a draft biography you can look at and use as an exemplar: Mary Blathwayt.
  10. Would you like to do more editing after today? Go to WikiProject Women in Red and you can take part in their monthly themed editing events and we will hold more online Wiki Women in Red editing events too.

Having problems creating an account?[edit]

  • Wikipedia limits how many new accounts can be created from the same IP address in a 24 hour period to just six. It also sometimes blocks IP ranges where there have been problem edits/activity in the past. If this is preventing you from creating an account then using a different IP address or creating an account from a different location/device sometimes works. e.g. using your mobile phone to create your account and then logging in on your computer with the account at that point. If this doesn't work email me with your suggested username and I can create the account for you and email you a temporary password which you can change once logged in.

Having problems accessing the Visual Editor?[edit]

Wikipedia has a new Visual Editor interface which makes editing Wikipedia as easy as using Microsoft Word or Wordpress blogs through its use of dropdown menus. Annoyingly this Visual Editor interface sometimes needs enabled in your Preferences menu. It's a straightforward step to do this however and once switched on you shouldn't need to do this step again. Always use the Visual Editor if given the choice between it and the older Source Editor (unless you like working with html markup text!).

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 strives to increase the percentage, which has reached 19.08% as of 22 November 2021. But that means that of 1,856,835 biographies, only 354,210 are about women. 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:

Priorities for WikiProject Women in Red[edit]

Join WikiProject Women in Red by registering in the box at the top of the WIR page. You can then add a userbox to your user page.

Continuing global coverage

  • In addition to our monthly editathons, you can cover women in any sphere of interest by taking part in the 2021 version of our #1day1woman initiative.

Year-long initiative

Happening now

Coming up

Recently completed

Recently completed

Previous WiR events

Past University of Edinburgh meetup details can be found here.

Meetup 52 - Wed 25 August 2021[edit]

The fifty-second meetup will be on online editathon. An online Zoom workshop will take place on Wed 25 August 2021. Questions/problems can be Tweeted to @emcandre or emailed to Join us to write more fabulous women onto Wikipedia, the go-to information site for people around the world. We'll be there from 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday 25 August with a view to publishing our new pages on women on Wikipedia by 5pm that day. Stay as long as you want to/need to (some people get VERY into writing their articles when they get started). Everyone is welcome.

Meetup 53 - Friday 24 September 2021[edit]

The fifty-third meetup will be on online editathon. An online Zoom workshop will take place on Fri 24 September 2021. Questions/problems can be Tweeted to @emcandre or emailed to Join us to write more fabulous women onto Wikipedia, the go-to information site for people around the world. We'll be there from 1pm to 5pm on Friday 24 September with a view to publishing our new pages on women on Wikipedia by 5pm that day. Stay as long as you want to/need to (some people get VERY into writing their articles when they get started). Everyone is welcome.

Meetup 54 - Friday 29 October 2021 for Halloween[edit]

The fifty-fourth meetup will be on online editathon. An online Zoom workshop will take place on Fri 29 October 2021. Questions/problems can be Tweeted to @emcandre or emailed to Join us to write more fabulous women onto Wikipedia, the go-to information site for people around the world. We'll be there from 1pm to 5pm on Friday 29 October with a view to publishing our new pages on women on Wikipedia by 5pm that day. Stay as long as you want to/need to (some people get VERY into writing their articles when they get started). Everyone is welcome.

Meetup 55 - Friday 26 November 2021[edit]

The fifty-fifth meetup will be on online editathon. An online Zoom workshop will take place on Fri 26 November 2021. Questions/problems can be Tweeted to @emcandre or emailed to Join us to write more fabulous women onto Wikipedia, the go-to information site for people around the world. We'll be there from 1pm to 5pm on Friday 26 November with a view to publishing our new pages on women on Wikipedia by 5pm that day. Stay as long as you want to/need to (some people get VERY into writing their articles when they get started). Everyone is welcome.

Meetup 56 - Friday 17 December 2021[edit]

The fifty-sixth meetup will be on online editathon. An online Zoom workshop will take place on Fri 17 December 2021. Questions/problems can be Tweeted to @emcandre or emailed to Join us to write more fabulous women onto Wikipedia, the go-to information site for people around the world. We'll be there from 1pm to 5pm on Friday 17 December with a view to publishing our new pages on women on Wikipedia by 5pm that day. Stay as long as you want to/need to (some people get VERY into writing their articles when they get started). Everyone is welcome.

Use the PrepBio tool[edit]


Training guides[edit]

Here are some useful links to help you with your editing:

  • Read up to find out more about sources and verifiability.
  • Check out the notability guidelines and what topics can be written about on Wikipedia.
  • Consider whether you have any conflicts of interest.
  • You can find advice on how to search for relevant sources on any scientist here.
  • All sorts of helpful guides and online resources can be found below:
  • You can add pictures for use on Wiki-pages and beyond on Wikimedia Commons. Your Wikipedia account will work on Commons too - as well as all the other Wiki-projects and different language versions of Wikipedia.

Here are some ways to keep track of your edits:

  • You can view all your contributions to Wikipedia by clicking "Contributions" (in the top right of this page).
  • The Pageviews tool is a great way of measuring how many people are looking at the page you created/edited. You can even export the data if you'd like it for reports, etc.

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!

November 2021 ideas[edit]

Being Human Festival - suggested nominations. Please check, double check and triple check these pages are not already on Wikipedia! (Possible under maiden/married or middle name, different spelling). Draft the text in your sandbox first. Also check Karen's extra suggested names here!

  • Jo Phoenix - Criminology, Open University - more info about her work and research to be added please!
  • Leith Davis - Scottish studies [1]
  • Mirjam de Bruijn - Anthropology [2]
  • Soraya de Chadarevian - History of Microbiology [3]
  • Jane Desmond - Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies[4]
  • Shu-Fang Lai - Dickens [5]
  • Jemina Napier - BSL sign language [6]
  • Sarah Skerratt - Rural studies [7]
  • Julia Campanelli - Film maker [8] "Julia Campanelli is an award-winning screenwriter, director, producer, and actress. Her film 116 has screened in over 50 festivals world-wide, won 27 awards, and premieres on iTunes in 2021. Julia wrote and is producing THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL feature and pilot versions have collectively won 11 Best Screenplay awards and is a Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Screenplay Finalist. Julia is Founder|CEO of Shelter Film."
  • Wendy Loretto - Aging, University of Edinburgh [9]
  • Margaret MacLean - Cultural Heritage, Scotland [10]
  • Janet Adam - Potter, Scotland. "Janet Adam was a skilled potter admired for experimenting with glazes. A respected founding and 47-year Scottish Potters Association (SPA) participant".[11]
  • Marion Conacher - Missionary, Scptland. "Marion Nelson Conacher MBE, missionary nurseBorn: 2 July, 1933 in Edinburgh. Died: 8 October, 2021 in Edinburgh, aged 88"[12]
  • Kathleen HS Hay/Preston - Law, Edinburgh. [13]
  • Beldina Odenyo Onassis - scottish Kenyan musician, Glasgow. Needs more content.
  • Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand - Tattooist, USA [14]
  • Vesna Manojlovic - Community Building,, feminism, hacktivism, Belgrade / Amsterdam.[15]
  • Pragna Patel - Women's rights campaigner, Southall Black Sisters. more information could be added to this bio of black feminist campaigner.
  • Nora Milnes - Social work, The University of Edinburgh[16][17][18]. "Nora Milnes BSc, was born in London in 1882. After working in London as a caseworker and then Lecturer at the London School of Economics (LSE), she went on to become one of the founding mothers of social work education in the UK. She became first Director of the Edinburgh School of Social Study and Training in 1918, and spearheaded the school's admittance into Edinburgh University proper in 1928. Nora remained at Edinburgh University until 1951, publishing three academic books, a number of journal articles and many newspaper articles. She played a key role in the development of both social work and nursing professional accreditation in Scotland and in the UK more broadly, demonstrated in 1917 by her election to the position of Secretary of the Provisonal Committee of the British Federation of Social Workers (later to become the British Association of Social Workers - BASW), and later in 1922 by her appointment to the first ever General Nursing Council for Scotland by the Scottish Education Department (SED). The University of Edinburgh recognised Nora Milnes' contribution to public service by awarding her an Hononary LLD (Doctor of Laws) in 1958. She died in London in 1972. Journal articles and books:
  • Milnes, Nora (1917) 'Mint Records in the Reign of Henry VIII.' The English Historical Review, 1917-04-01, Vol.32 (126), p.270-273. Longmans, Green and Co.
  • Milnes, Nora (1917) 'Some aspects of the infant welfare question.' The Sociological Review (Keele), 1917-10, Vol.19 (3), p.121-128. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Milnes, Nora (1920) 'Child Welfare from the Social Point of View,' London: J.M. Dent & Sons. Available at: Edinburgh University Main Library Ref. 3627(42) Mil
  • Milnes, Nora (1926) 'The Economics of Wages and Labour.' London: P.S. King & Son. Available at: Edinburgh University Main Library Ref. .331 Mil
  • Milnes, Nora (1929) 'The difficulties encountered in recruiting and gtraining voluntary and professional workers in a social case agency.' Charity Organisation Quarterly, 1929-01-01, Vol.3 (1), p.21-31.
  • Milnes, Nora (1931) 'Public health and the family.' Charity Organisation Quarterly, 1931-10-01, Vol.5 (4), p.148-157.
  • Milnes, Nora (1932) 'Social Aspects of British Health Insurance.' The Social Service Review (Chicago), 1932-12-01, Vol.6 (4), p.581-591. Published by: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Milnes, Nora (1936) 'A Study of Industrial Edinburgh and the Surrounding Area, 1923-1934.' London: P.S. King & Son. Available at: Edinburgh University Main Library Ref. .338(41445) Mil
  • Book review (1921): Child Welfare by Nora Mines. The Elementary School Journal Vol. 22, No. 1 (Sep., 1921), pp. 71-72 (2 pages). Published by: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Book review (1927): Milnes, Nora. The Economics of Wages and Labour by Douglas, Paul H., Boston, Mass., etc: Academy of Political Science. Political Science Quarterly, 1927-01-01, Vol. 42, p.477.
  • Book review (1937): Edinburgh—An Industrial Study, by Nora Milnes. Charity Organisation Quarterly, 1937-07-01, Vol.11 (3), p.207-210.
  • Book review (1937): A Study of Industrial Edinburgh, 1923-1934. Jones, D. Caradog; Milnes, Nora. The Economic Journal, 1937-06-01, Vol.47 (186), p.354-355. MacMillan and Co. Limited.
  • Nora Milnes (1921) 'Social Study and Training.' The Scotsman (1921-1950), 1921-08-02, p.6. Edinburgh, Scotland; Scotsman Publications.
  • Nora Milnes (1923) 'Cobden's Fiscal Views.' The Scotsman (1921-1950), 1923-12-05, p.6. Edinburgh, Scotland; Scotsman Publications.
  • Nora Mines (1924) 'Social Study.' The Scotsman (1921-1950), 1924-10-20, p.13. Edinburgh, Scotland; Scotsman Publications.
  • Nora Milnes (1925) 'Training of Health Visitors.' The Scotsman (1921-1950), 1925-07-09, p.5.Edinburgh , Scotland; Scotsman Publications.
  • Nora Milnes (1930) 'Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Waiting List.' The Scotsman (1921-1950), 1930-03-13, p.7. Edinburgh, Scotland; Scotsman Publications.
  • Nora Milnes (1932) 'Hospital Almoners.' The Scotsman (1921-1950), 1932-05-10, p.7. Edinburgh, Scotland; Scotsman Publications.
  • Nora Milnes (1936) 'Child Guidance.' The Scotsman (1921-1950), 1936-03-02, p.11. Edinburgh, Scotland; Scotsman Publications.
  • Nora Milnes (1962) 'Brushed Aside.' The Times (London, England) Issue: 55391, 15th May 1962, p.11, entitled 'Brushed aside'.

October - Ada Lovelace Day suggestions - Women in STEM[edit]

More ideas on our [Ada Lovelace Day event page]

Accused witches and witch prickers[edit]

Some men could also be added. A few suggestions:

September ideas - Biographical Dictionary Of Scottish Women[edit]

  • Scottish PEN
  • Scottish Feminist Judgments Project
  • Janet Anderson (milliner), born 1697, died Edinburgh 3 March 1761. Milliner and maker of grave-clothes. BDSW.
  • Margaret Anderson (museum creator), born or baptised Tarland, Aberdeenshire, 14 Dec. 1834, died 2 Oct. 1910. Creator of a roadside museum, Buchan. Daughter of Elspet Grant, and Robert Anderson, crofter, Culsh. BDSW.
  • Marjorie Ogilvie Anderson (née Cunningham) (9 February 1909 – 27 May 2002) was a Scottish historian and paleographer. Infobox needed and image if poss.
  • Janet Armstrong (shepherd) - born Fairliehope farm, Carlops, 9 May 1903, died West Linton 20 Nov. 1985. Borders shepherd. Daughter of Margaret (Maggie) Carruthers, and Andrew Armstrong, tenant farm manager.BDSW
  • Margot Asquith - She was ‘the best-educated ill-educated woman I ever met’, Benjamin Jowett remarked. BDSW - sources needed for Early Life section.
  • AUD (aka UNN), the Deep-Minded, born Norway c. 850, died Iceland c. 900. Founding settler of Iceland. Daughter of Yngvild, daughter of Ketil Wether, and Ketil Flat-Nose, Norse ruler of the Hebrides. BDSW.
  • Sarah Murray (travel writer) - born probably in Bath 1744, died London 5 Nov. 1811. Topographical writer on Scotland. BDSW - infobox needed.
  • Helen Adam born Glasgow 2 Dec. 1909, died Brooklyn, New York City, USA, 19 Sept. 1993. Poet, short story writer and dramatist. Daughter of Isabella Douglas Dunn, and William Adam, United Free Church Minister. BDSW - citations needed.
  • Jean Adam - born Cartsdyke, Greenock, 28 April 1704, died Glasgow 3 April 1765. Poet and songwriter. Daughter of Jean Eddie, and John Adam, mariner. BDSW - infobox needed.
  • Æbbe of Coldingham - born Bernicia, died Coldingham c. 683. Abbess of Coldingham. Daughter of Aeðilfrith, King of Bernicia (584–616). BDSW - citations needed.
  • AEðILTHRYð, (Saint Audrey), born East Anglia, died Ely, Cambridgeshire, 679. Queen of Bernicia, Abbess of Ely. Daughter of Anna, King of East Anglia. BDSW.
  • AFFRICA (AUFRIKE) OF GALLOWAY, Queen of Man, fl. 1114–30. Daughter of Elizabeth, illegitimate daughter of Henry I of England, and Fergus of Galloway. BDSW
  • Sarah Ross Aitken(Sadie), MBE, born Belhaven 15 July 1905, died Edinburgh 5 Jan. 1985. Theatre activist, manager and producer. Daughter of Lily Birss, and William Aitken, master grocer. BDSW
  • Helen Alexander - (1654 – March 1729) was a heroine of the Scottish Covenanters. Infobox needed. BDSW
  • Ella Logan - (born Georgina Allan; 6 March 1910 – 1 May 1969) was a Scottish-American actress and singer who appeared on Broadway, recorded and had a nightclub career in the United States and internationally. redirect needed for birth name. Infobox also. BDSW.
  • Jean Allan n. Mackie, born North Ythsie of Tarves, Aberdeenshire, 23 Feb. 1908, died Aberdeenshire 9 April 1991. Educationist and practical thinker. Daughter of Mary Yull, and Maitland Mackie, farmer. BDSW
  • Annie Altschul - Professor Annie Therese Altschul, CBE, BA, MSc, RGN, RMN, RNT, FRCN (18 February 1919 – 24 December 2001) was Britain's first mental health nurse pioneer; a midwife, researcher, educator, author and a patient advocate, emeritus professor of nursing. Citations needed. BDSW
  • Elizabeth Baker (actor) nee Clendon. died Jan. or Feb. 1778. Actor and elocution teacher BDSW
  • Elizabeth Balfour (midwife) nee Anderson. born on Papa Little, Shetland, 1832, died Houbanster 18 March 1918. Howdie (uncertified midwife), later known as ‘Aald Mam o’ Houbanster’.BDSW

Royal Society of Edinburgh - new Female Fellows for 2021[edit]

International Women's Day 2021 - Choose to Challenge[edit]

Women of Edinburgh - obits[edit]

  • Alma Cullen, scriptwriter spanning more than 40 years, with credits including Inspector Morse, and one of her plays won a silver award at the New York TV festival. [42]
  • Theodora di Marco, popular Scottish-born salonista. Theo played the viola and her twin Norma became a professional cello player and helped to found the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra. [43]
  • Elizabeth Blackadder - renowned painter and printmaker who became the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. [44]
  • Helen Nicolson, child psychiatrist. [45]
  • Colette O’Neil - Stage, screen and radio actor whose roles ranged from Hedda Gabler to a Coronation Street social worker. [46]
  • Clare Peploe, film writer and director from family of Scottish artists.[47]
  • Pat Semple - With the death of Pat Semple, Scotland has lost a highly accomplished and expressive artist. For over 40 years her paintings, drawings and prints earned her a glowing reputation and many admirers. She was also an inspirational teacher in schools across Scotland.[48]
  • Helen Smeed - Long-time parliamentary researcher and personal assistant in the House of Lords.[49]
  • Sue Hayes - Film and TV consultant, producer and researcher who knew the industry inside out. Head of the London Film Commission (now Film London). [50]
  • Iona McGregor - Author, teacher, brave and inspirational pioneer in the struggle for gay rights that got under way in the 1970s. Working with others in the Scottish Minorities Group, she helped to create safe spaces in Edinburgh in which women could meet socially, and to develop a befriending service for those emerging, blinking, “out of the shadows”, in the tabloid speak of the day. [51]
  • Barbara Hulme - the first botanist to produce experimental hybrids in the genus Atriplex. In recognition, the Canadian botanist PM Taschereau named a later hybrid after her: Atriplex X hulmeana. [52]
  • Joyce Lishman - a leader in social work education and research. In 1993 she was appointed the first female professor at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen, where she led the school of applied social science until her retirement in 2011. [53]
  • Phillida Nicholson, a former land girl she was a talented landscape painter, printmaker and tapestry maker, and an intrepid traveller.[54]
  • Cynthia Midgley - born in Calcultta, Cynthia was a professional viola player with various quartets and chamber orchestras in the 1940s and early 50s and, after a break to raise her family, returned to music in the 70s and 80s with the Scottish Baroque Ensemble and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra before her retirement.[55]
  • Audrey Walker, textile artist who was renowned for embroideries built up from pointillist layers of thread – machine and hand-stitched. Her finest works, seen at a retrospective exhibition in 2000 at Ruthin Craft Centre in north Wales, were created after her retirement from teaching in the late 1980s. Psychologically unsettling, Walker’s haunting embroideries led Philip Hughes, the centre’s director, to observe: “If Virginia Woolf had stitched, this is what it would be like.”[56]
  • Bea Ewart, Beatrice (Bea) Ewart was a primary school teacher who believed that craft and play would expand small minds into big imaginations.[57]
  • Joan Davidson - Head of Learning at Edinburgh Science, the charitable organisation behind the annual Edinburgh Science Festival. An inspirational figure dedicated to inspiring young people. being worked on by Eleanor.[58]
  • Vera Carstairs - Research social scientist in the civil service. She devoted her studies to illuminating links between social and economic deprivation and poor health.[59].
  • Alanna Knight - novelist who worked in multiple genres.[60]
  • Stella Tennant - Model who rose to fame in the 1990s, capturing the attention of Karl Lagerfeld and gracing the pages of Vogue.[61]
  • Marjory Dougal - respected Edinburgh Youth Orchestra administrator. [62]- being worked on by Kathy
  • Anne Curry was a theatre set and costume designer who used her beautiful illustrations to inspire students in theatre design.[63]
  • Helen Cargill Thompson, librarian and art collector. [64]
  • Margaret Donaldson, Scottish child development expert.[65]
  • Erin Wall, soprano who delighted audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and the Proms. [66]
  • Marilyn Imrie, radio drama producer and theatre director.[67]
  • Eileen McCamley, deputy principal of Edinburgh’s Mary Erskine School.[68]
  • Mairi Robinson devoted her career to preserving the Scots language. [69]
  • Dr. Runa Mackay, paediatrician and peace campaigner who dedicated much of her life to the people of Palestine. [70]
  • Ethel Douglas, Assistant Secretary of the Law Society and first female Elder of Greenside Parish Church in Edinburgh.[71]
  • Aileen Christianson, feminist academic and author.[72]
  • Kristin Linklater, Scot who helped global stars find their voice.[73]
  • Christine Nuttall worked for four decades in the field of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), in eight countries across the world. [74].
  • Margaret Meek Spencer - Educationist who saw a child’s joy in the story as the key to learning to read.[75]
  • Cecily Giles CBE, wartime codebreaker and university secretary.[76].
  • Bridget Martyn, renowned encyclopedist. She was senior editorial manager of OUP’s Oxford Illustrated Encyclopaedia (1993), and then editor in chief between 1993 and 1995 of Microsoft’s first foray into digital encyclopedia, Encarta.[77]
  • Monica Jackson was a mountaineer whose passion for the peaks was nurtured by her childhood in India and her adulthood in Scotland. Among her most notable feats was her participation, in the 1950s, in the first all-female expedition to the Himalayas, about which she wrote a book. [78]
  • Dame Denise Coia, Scottish clinical psychiatrist.[79].
  • Ailsa Maxwell, historian and Enigma codebreaker, who witnessed Nazi surrender message.[80].
  • Mary Stewart, Scottish teacher who inspired generations with her musical gifts.[81]
  • Marista Leishman, biographer and daughter of Lord Reith.[82]
  • Jennifer Hamilton, Church of Scotland Depute Solicitor and Girl Guide leader.[83]
  • Rita Thomson was a nurse who dedicated herself to looking after the composer Benjamin Britten in the last few years of his life.
  • Victoria Braithwaite - The Penn State University scientist was known for her work on fish’s perception of pain.[84]
  • Anna Quayle - Multitalented actor best remembered as Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.[85].
  • Carole Satyamurti - Poet and sociologist who retold the Mahabharata in verse.[86]
  • Margaret Thomson OBE, Chief Executive Nurse for Scotland, church elder and patron of the arts.[87]
  • Diana Henderson, WRAC officer, horsewoman and historian.[88]
  • Angela Wrapson, arts consultant, curator, teacher, former chair of Traverse Theatre. [89].
  • Marion Miller, obstetrics and gynaecology specialist in Edinburgh hospitals.[90]
  • Judith Kerr, author and illustrator best known for the classic children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea. [91]
  • Lady Betty Lockwood - First chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission who later campaigned to increase the number of female Labour MPs. [92]
  • Doreen Spooner - First female staff photographer on a British national newspaper.[93]
  • Ruth Marchant - Pioneer in the field of children’s rights who helped the very young give evidence in court and to the police.[94]- being worked on by Lilinaz.
  • Dawn Flockhart, former athlete and NLP practitioner, remembered as a force of nature.[95]
  • Chris Highham, teacher. [96]
  • Wendy Ramshaw, pioneering artist who pushed the boundaries of jewellery, sculpture, installation and design. [97]
  • Carol Rhodes - Artist who created in her paintings a unique style of landscape, both traditionally beautiful and unsettling in subject.[98]
  • Lady Jean Trumpington, peer who was a codebreaker at Bletchley Park during the second world war.[99]
  • Janet Paisley, award-winning novelist, poet and playwright.[100]
  • Pauline Knowles, award-winning actress at the heart of Scottish theatre for nearly 30 years. [101]
  • Ana-Maria Wilson, language teacher and student.[102]
  • Inge Borkh - Operatic soprano with a powerful voice, who captivated postwar audiences.[103]
  • DameGillian Lynne - Choreographer and dancer who breathed new life into musical theatre with the hit shows Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.[104].
  • Maria Bueno - Graceful Brazilian tennis player who won Wimbledon three times.[105]
  • Wanda Wiłkomirska - Violinist who specialised in the works of her Polish compatriots [106]
  • Edith Macarthur - Stage and screen actor who played Elizabeth Cunningham in the Scottish TV soap opera Take the High Road.[107]
  • Mary Maclean, artist, lecturer, Outside Architecture founding member.[108]
  • Jo Beddoe, was an unsung heroine of British regional theatre who was responsible for the rescue in the 1980s of the 7:84 theatre company in Scotland and in the early 2000s of the Everyman and Playhouse theatres in Liverpool.[109]being worked on by Ian.
  • Marianne Ferguson Rice was a teacher turned social worker who in later life worked with a disability charity in São Paulo, Brazil, before returning to Britain to serve Quaker causes.[110]
  • Margot Cruft, inspirational oboist and teacher who loved to play music with others.[111]
  • Kay Blair, former chair of Scottish Housing Regulator.[112]
  • June Rose - Biographer and author who wrote about Modigliani, Marie Stopes and Elizabeth Fry. [113]being worked on by Marnie.
  • Mary Sudbury was a trailblazing female engineer. In 1954, straight from university, she joined the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, Hampshire, where she worked in the wind tunnels on the development of the supersonic airliner Concorde.[114]
  • Joan McLean was Leading Wren 45270, serving in Scarborough, north Yorkshire, at HMS Paragon, an onshore listening base. She played a vital role keeping the wartime codebreaking centre at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, supplied with morse code from German submarines.[115]
  • Elizabeth Marian Meehan, academic.[116]
  • Nicola Gordon Bowe - Art historian who specialised in the Irish Celtic revival.[117]
  • Lindsay Riddoch - ardent and articulate advocate for better mental health services. [118]being worked on by Morag.
  • Miriam Kochan was an inspiring teacher, author and leader in the Oxford Jewish community.[119]
  • Patricia Hiddleston, Scots mathematician and teacher who helped shape education in Africa.[120]
  • Ethel Simpson, pioneering and inspirational Scottish journalist.[121]
  • Ethel May Houston, Bletchley Park veteran, solicitor, Law Society Council member, entertaining hostess.[122]
  • Professor Tessa Holyoake, world-renowned expert in Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, clinician, mountain biker and cake lover.[123]
  • Frances Colquhoun was a singer, actor, theatre director, artist and friend of Soviet dissidents. One of the high points of her career was the creation in 1981, with her husband, Patrick, of One Word of Truth, a film dramatisation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s 1970 Nobel prize lecture.[124]
  • Marion Macleod was an academic microbiologist and medical sociologist. She was also a fine example of the benefits of the postwar policy of opening up higher education to bright students from all backgrounds. [125] - being worked on by Emilia.
  • Atsuko Betchaku, teacher and pacifist.[126]

Women in Sport[edit]

Women in Healthcare and the NHS[edit]

Women of Climate Change and Sustainable Development[edit]

Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women articles[edit]

So, surgeon.

  • Stella Sutherland - needs infobox and expanded. Best known for poetry in both English and Shetland dialect.
  • Emily Swankie - Communist activist, campaigner.
  • Mary Symon - Scots poet.
  • Henrietta Tayler - born London 24 March 1869, died London 10 April 1951. Jacobite scholar and First World War nurse.
  • Elizabeth Templeton n. McLaren, born Glasgow 8 June 1945, died Pitlochry 11 April 2015. Freelance theologian and educationalist.
  • Towser (hunter), born 21 April 1963, died Crieff 20 March 1987. Distillery employee and professional hunter.
  • Susan Trail - Montrose 28 April 1720, died Aberdeen 18 May 1791. Printer. Daughter of Christian Allardyce, and Rev. James Trail.
  • Margery Urquhart - Agriculture graduate, policewoman, special agent and social work pioneer.
  • Lorna Young - Pioneer of Fair Trade movement in the UK.

Historians, research and researchers[edit]

Campaigners and Activists from the BDSW[edit]

(c. 1615–c. 1707)

  • Macmillan, Chrystal (1872–1937)
  • MacPherson, Mary see Màiri Mhòr nan Òran


  • Mair, Sarah Siddons (1846–1941)
  • Màiri Mhòr nan Òran (1821–98)
  • Màiri nighean Alasdair Ruaidh (c. 1615–c. 1707)
  • Mayo, Isabella (1843–1914)
  • Mitchell, Elizabeth (1880–1980)
  • Mitchison, Naomi (1897–1999)
  • Morrison, Agnes Brysson see Morrison, Agnes


  • Raffles, Frances (Franki) (1955–94)
  • Ransford, Tessa (1938–2015)
  • Reekie, Stella (1922–82)
  • Sievwright, Margaret (1844–1905)
  • Skea, Isabella (1845–1914)
  • Somerville, Euphemia (1860–1935)
  • Steel, Flora (1847–1929)
  • Steven, Helen (1942–2016)
  • Stopes, Marie (1880–1958)
  • Sulter, Maud (1960–2008)
  • Swankie, Emily (1915–2008)
  • Templeton, Elizabeth (1945–2015)
  • Wood, Wendy (1892–1981)

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.
  • Alexandra Gripenberg - Finnish feminist, writer, and member of Parliament.
  • Justine Moore - British Paralympic wheelchair fencer

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.

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

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Halloween ideas[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]

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).[189][190]
  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).[191][192][193][194][195][196][197][198]
  7. Euphame MacCalzean, one of the North Berwick witches. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[199][200][201][202][203][204][205][206]
  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).[207][208][209][210][211][212][213][214]
  12. Issobell Young, tenant farmer's wife from Dunbar indicted for witchcraft. (Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women article).[215][216][217][218][219][220][221][222]
Women in Architecture[edit]
  1. Elizabeth Diller (architect).
Women in Medicine[edit]
  1. Elizabeth Marion Innes BMJ obit [223]BMJ. Obituary[224]Scotsman. Obituary [225]RCPE. Obituary [226]
Women in Chemistry[edit]
  1. May Badger
  2. 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]


Suggested sources:[edit]

  • DiscoverEd to find books, ebooks, journals, ejournals and more.
News sources[edit]
Theses databases[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. [382]
  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.[383][384][385][386]
  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). checkY
  53. Euphame MacCalzean - accused witch, executed in Edinburgh in 1591.checkY

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