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Join Women in Red

Welcome to Women in Red (WiR)! We are a group of editors of all genders living around the world focused on reducing systemic bias in the wiki movement. We recognized a need for this work as, in October 2014, only 15.53% of English Wikipedia's biographies were about women.[1] Founded in July 2015, WiR strives to increase the percentage, which, according to Humaniki has reached 19.39% as of 21 November 2022. But that means that of 1,913,852 biographies, only 371,041 are about women.[2] Not impressed? "Content gender gap" is a form of systemic bias, and WiR addresses it in a positive way through shared values.

There are more than 28,000 general forum comments on our talkpage.[3] You don't have to be a member in order to participate in the conversations; just please be civil.

On Wikipedia[edit]

Our Wikipedia WikiProject focuses on creating content regarding women's biographies, women's works, and women's issues. Our editors create articles in many different language Wikipedias. The objective is to turn "redlinks" (like this one) into blue ones. That's why we are called "Women in Red".

We take an inclusive view towards subject matter, editors, and language communities:

  • Editors: We do not focus on the gender of the editor. Anyone/everyone is welcome to be a member, participant, enthusiast of Women in Red. If you participate in WiR, you can join up officially using the box in the top right-hand corner of this page. You are also welcome to add our userbox template {{User WikiProject Women in Red}} to your user page, to produce:
Women in Red logo.svgThis user is a member of WikiProject Women in Red (redlinks→blue)
  • Language communities: While Women in Red began on English Wikipedia, it is an international commitment with dozens of other language communities. Please add a link to your language's coordination page here.
  • Subject matter:
  • If the subject of the article self-identifies as a woman—binary and/or non-binary and/or other, that person is included within the scope of Women in Red. Historic cases where it's unknown how they self-identified also count. The goal of the project is to increase inclusion, and we'd rather not block article subjects from being included in an article creation drive.
  • In addition to creating new articles, we create and maintain hundreds of lists of "missing" notable women. Some of these women have an article on some language Wikipedia, while others have no article in any Wikipedia. We call these lists, "redlists".
  • Click on our Redlinks index to see our lists of missing articles by focus area, occupation and nationality. Like everything else on Wikipedia, this is incomplete, so feel free to add pertinent items to our crowd-sourced lists.
  • While all redlists have redlinks, our redlists are generated in numerous ways:

Wikimedia Commons[edit]


Every year, our members upload thousands of images to Wikimedia Commons: photographs of women, their signatures, their works, etc. In turn, these images can be added to Wikipedia articles. This is another way people can be involved in improving women's representation on Wikipedia.


We create and improve Wikidata items related to women, women's works, and women's issues.

See also[edit]

Learn more about our work, including Press and Research.


Please post recent announcements directly on this page for improved page editing history, watcher alerts and greater visibility

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Continuing global coverage

  • In addition to our monthly editathons, you can cover women in any sphere of interest by taking part in the 2022 version of our #1day1woman initiative.

Year-long initiative

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Lists of red links[edit]

WiR works by filling in missing articles based on extensive lists of needed topics. The index to our wide range of topics and nationalities can be found at the Redlist index. Please make these red links blue. Notable women without a Wikipedia biography can be added to any crowd-sourced redlists they match; and added to wikidata such that they're included in wikidata-derived redlists. We also have a guide to adding names to redlists, and to creating new redlists.

Article alerts[edit]

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Women for articles about women that are nominated for deletion.
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Note: This report is based on the {{WIR}} banners of WikiProject Women in Red. If an article isn't listed here, first verify that it has one of those banners. If it has another women-related banner, like {{WikiProject Women}}, {{WikiProject Women's History}} or {{WikiProject Women scientists}}, look on those projects' article alert pages instead.

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Declined drafts[edit]

Thanks firstly to Ronhjones, and now to Galobtter, we have a bot showing declined drafts submitted to AfC. Weekly updates highlight those most recently listed under New Additions. With a little bit of attention, some of them could well be moved to mainspace, encouraging the editors who created them to progress on Wikipedia.

Resources and research[edit]

WiR maintains resources to help you contribute, including lists of topical books and external links, information on editing in general, and contacts you can reach out to for specific needs. They can be found at Resources.

Academic research on Wikipedia's content gender gap is also documented at Research.


This section is a transcluded subpage, containing more information than is shown here. To view detailed month-by-month results or to edit, go to Metrics.

The articles created for any month, including the current month, can be displayed by clicking on one of the months in the archive box.

We track the articles we create each month. Reports bot updates these lists automatically, but you can manually add and annotate entries. The bot will remove non-existent pages. More details about the bot. Our metrics talkpage is here: Metrics talkpage

The evolving list for this month (see Archives box) is created by the bot which lists new women's biographies on the basis of their female gender on Wikidata. At present, the bot does not list women's works, associations or related articles but you are encouraged to add these to the list manually. A WiR Wikidata page provides information on how you can help ensure WiR metrics are up-to-date.

The graph shows the number of articles created each month. The apparent decrease for the current month reflects the number of articles created up to today's date. Only data on completed months indicate overall progress.

For personal metrics on how many articles you've created about women, see this tool.

If you want to measure gender diversity in a given Wikipedia article, use this tool.

Totals at a glance[edit]

Year Portion if
Total Daily
2015 18 Jul - 31 Dec 11,711 70
2016 28,399 77
2017 28,271 77
2018 27,323 75
2019 27,207 75
2020 30,119 82
2021 26,780 73
2022 1 Jan - 31 Jul 11,519 54
Grand total 189,503

(Updated: Rosiestep (talk) 20:55, 19 January 2022 (UTC))Reply[reply]


WiR is amazing and has way too much to showcase here. Please see Showcase for our recent and past achievements.

Recent Did You Know? blurbs[edit]

These are the 20 most recent WP:DYK entries for WiR. Updated approximately weekly by User:JL-Bot.

  • ... that at 102 years old, Christian Lamb is one of the last surviving officers of the Women's Royal Naval Service who served throughout World War II? (2022-11-26)
  • ... that María Urquides was the "Mother of Bilingual Education"? (2022-11-24)
  • ... that Eritrean poet Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu was imprisoned for six years without trial, and later published poems in Tigrinya based on her experience? (2022-11-23)
  • ... that astrophysicist Suzanna Randall (pictured) continued her research at the European Southern Observatory while training for the spaceflight programme Die Astronautin? (2022-11-23)
  • ... that the Danish geologist Tove Birkelund (pictured) received a gold medal for her early work on fossils of Scaphites in Greenland? (2022-11-19)
  • ... that Enriqueta Legorreta (pictured), who was the first Mexican woman to appear as Sieglinde in Wagner's Die Walküre, became an award-winning environmental activist? (2022-11-17)
  • ... that Carol Wilson had to pretend that she was a schoolteacher when unofficially representing England at the 1971 Women's World Cup? (2022-11-06)
  • ... that in 1919 Ethel Hampson Brewster compared dropping ancient history from school curricula to "knock[ing] out the first two stories of a skyscraper"? (2022-11-05)
  • ... that Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a drafter of a United Nations guideline on the documentation of torture, was arrested after she suggested an investigation into the use of chemical weapons? (2022-11-04)
  • ... that there was an initial agreement for chimpanzees from the private zoo of Rosalía Abreu (pictured) to be part of an experiment to breed a humanzee? (2022-11-03)
  • ... that, in 2018, Tara Jones both captained a women's Super League team and was the first female match official in the men's Super League? (2022-11-01)
  • ... that Juliet Rice Wichman once stood in front of a bulldozer to prevent the destruction of a rock wall? (2022-11-01)
  • ... that Rabab Al-Kadhimi was threatened with deportation from Egypt due to the political nature of her poetry? (2022-10-31)
  • ... that Silvia Hauer, a singer of Rossini's Rosina and Bizet's Carmen at Staatstheater Wiesbaden, performed the mezzo-soprano solo of Verdi's Requiem in 2022? (2022-10-30)
  • ... that after Claudia Fleming's dessert cookbook went out of print due to poor sales, used copies began circulating on eBay for hundreds of dollars? (2022-10-29)
  • ... that Betty Hall introduced a New Hampshire bill that would have petitioned the United States Congress to impeach George W. Bush? (2022-10-25)
  • ... that portraits of Lucy de László with a violin (one portrait pictured), painted by her husband, are recognised as some of the first examples of portraiture to include womens' talents in them? (2022-10-23)
  • ... that the memorabilia of Jennie Scott Griffiths, a Texan who died in California, are housed in the National Library of Australia? (2022-10-23)
  • ... that Cary Grant taught Sylvia Wu how to make shredded chicken salad? (2022-10-20)
  • ... that from 1912, Jindřiška Flajšhansová was the principal editor of Ženské listy, a Czech journal that became a women's "survival manual" during World War I? (2022-10-18)

Transcluding 20 of 2415 total


There has been considerable press coverage of WiR. Below are some recent articles. To add articles to the list, visit Press.


In addition to listings under Research, academic papers on gender bias in Wikipedia (as recorded in Wikidata) are listed in Scholia.

To include a paper, create an item about it on Wikidata (check first to avoid duplicates) and give it main subject (P921) = gender bias on Wikipedia (Q17002416).


  1. ^ Graells-Garrido, Eduardo; Lalmas, Mounia; Menczer, Filippo (2015). "First Women, Second Sex: Gender Bias in Wikipedia". Proceedings of the 26th ACM Conference on Hypertext & Social Media - HT '15: 165–174. arXiv:1502.02341. doi:10.1145/2700171.2791036. S2CID 1082360.
  2. ^ "Humaniki".
  3. ^ "Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Women in Red •". XTools.

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