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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

Potential 2021 year-long geofocus initiative[edit]

--The original discussion of the continental challenge is at --WomenArtistUpdates (talk) 18:27, 12 December 2020 (UTC)

I like that :) Dsp13 (talk) 18:34, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
That sounds like a fine idea to me. Penny Richards (talk) 21:12, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. --Rosiestep (talk) 00:39, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
Fine by me too but on that basis it looks as if we will be completely abandoning Canada and the US. Is that intentional?--Ipigott (talk) 11:50, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
Oh dear, I completely forgot about North America Ipigott! Looking back a the original discussion I see that you had suggested that after completing the first 5 continents, "we could then devote the four quarters of 2022 to the states and provinces of the U.S. and Canada." I guess we should just stick to the original plan.WomenArtistUpdates (talk) 19:21, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Add your idea here

Potential 2021 annual events/collaborations[edit]

Month Annual events Invitations to collaborate with other wiki communities
January Public Domain
February Black History Month AfroCrowd; WP:BLM
March Art+Feminism; #VisibleWikiWomen Art+Feminism; Whose Knowledge?
April Gender studies
May MayMays; CEE CEE User Group
June Pride; JuneJunes; International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) LGBT+
July JulyJulies
August Indigenous women m:Interwiki Women Collaboration
September Writers WP:WPWW
October Ada Lovelace Day/STEM
November Wiki Asia Month
December Women who died in 202x

January 2021[edit]

Annual initiative - Public Domain[edit]

Hi Scann - If you have time and inclination, can you please create this Wikidata redlist: Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Women in the public domain/2021? In 2020, we had four lists, by continent, but as they were relatively-small, I think one list for 2021 will be fine. As a go-by, here's what you created for 2020:

  • Women creators in Asia entering the public domain 2020 (WD)
  • Women creators in North America entering the public domain 2020 (WD)
  • Women creators in Latin America entering the public domain 2020 (WD)
  • Women creators in Europe entering the public domain 2020 (WD)

Hope you are well; and thank you! Also, cc others who know how to create WD redlists, @Gamaliel and Tagishsimon --Rosiestep (talk) 22:19, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Hi Rosiestep I've already done them in my sandbox (under the 2021 header), I did them a while ago because we were planning on organizing something but we haven't organized anything. Are you planning on organizing something? Pablísima had some ideas she wanted to implement on. I'll create the 2021 list in the meanwhile, hopefully I don't screw it up. --Scann (talk) 22:49, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
Hi Scann, yes, we'll be doing a "Public Domain" event in January 2021, similar to the one we did in January 2020. Those are cool Spanish-language Wikidata lists! It would be great if you could create the English-language Wikidata list which includes all the continents! Also, would be happy to work with Pablísima on this event! --Rosiestep (talk) 22:56, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
I've created the draft meetup page: Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/184. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:04, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
For some reason the query times out when I try to do all of them together. I'll be waiting to see if @Gamaliel and Tagishsimon can come up with a better solution than mine. --Scann (talk) 23:08, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
I can give it a try tomorrow, but I understand there might still be some issues with the new update of ListeriaBot. Gamaliel (talk) 02:18, 30 December 2020 (UTC)


Geofocus Africa contest[edit]

  • Women in Africa quarterly contest (Jan, Feb, Mar)
  • Africa contest logo for comment

Climate and environment[edit]

These topics are gaining worldwide importance as new targets are set for reducing CO2 increases over the coming decades in order to combat global warming. The US is once again set to provide support and coordination. We need to cover more women climatologists, meteorologists, environmentalists, conservationists and ecologists, including those engaged on the political front and in NGOs. I see we already have Wikidata redlists on climatologists, environmentalists and ecologists/conservationists but it might be worthwhile covering meteorologists (Q2310145) too.--Ipigott (talk) 10:33, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

We also have a large cs and wd list of earth scientists. TJMSmith (talk) 12:42, 2 December 2020 (UTC)
@Phoebe and Sadads, can you please doublecheck our meetup page for this event (Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/185) and add any additional redlists you think might be fitting, e.g. I know there was a redlist for Dr. Johnson's book, but I can't find it? Thank you! --Rosiestep (talk) 22:45, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
Added two articles with redlinks, Sadads (talk) 21:11, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

Firming up for January 2021[edit]

* Climate and environment | Template:WIR-185: {{WIR-185}}
* Africa | Template:WIR-186: {{WIR-186}}
* Public domain | Template:WIR-187: {{WIR-187}}
* 2020 deaths | Template:WIR-182: {{WIR-182}}
* #1day1woman2021 | Template:WIR-184: {{WIR-184}}
Year-long initiative
* Women's rights | Template:WIR-188: {{WIR-188}}
Invite: Invite

@Ipigott, Antiqueight, Megalibrarygirl, Penny Richards, SusunW, Victuallers, WomenArtistUpdates, TJMSmith, PamD, Smirkybec, Missvain, HickoryOughtShirt?4, Dsp13, SarahTHunter, Abishe, Alanna the Brave, Whisperjanes, David Eppstein, and Missvain: Pinging you all to see if you have any new ideas or are happy with "Women who died in 2020" (continued from Dec 2020), Environment and Climate, Africa (Jan-Feb-Mar), and Public Domain (if someone can create the WD lists; see 2020's lists as a guide), in addition to #1day1woman. Do we want to do a year-long initiative, and if yes, which one? I volunteer to create the #1day1woman2021 meetup page; who wants to create the others? Also, I can create the invite after all the meetup pages are created. --Rosiestep (talk) 18:03, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Rosiestep I am, and probably will be, working on Women's nationality for the year. I'll try, in order to give myself a break to try to participate in other editathons, but make no promises. SusunW (talk) 18:07, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
Rosiestep All sounds good to me. I've been focusing on the recent obituaries this month, but will gladly work on Africa and environment/climate topics too. I'll get the Pinterest board set up for January.Penny Richards (talk) 18:13, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
Rosiestep All sounds good to me. I volunteer to make the barnstars and badges and keep an eye on the Continental Challenge Africa (Jan-Feb-Mar). I assume we'll keep the same format as with Asia for tallying. I posted the suggested image above. I always like the PD initiative, but don't know how to make the redlist. WomenArtistUpdates (talk) 19:14, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
Rosiestep, if we did a year-long initiative, I vote for "women's rights" as a theme. That would fit into SusunW's nationality work and my suffrage work. Plus, there's so much more to do... custody of children, divorce rules, credit, etc. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 21:10, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl, SusunW, help. Which redlist(s) would support "women's rights theme"? --Rosiestep (talk) 21:33, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
Women's rights is good for the year but we should also bring back sports for the Olympics in the summer. I'm glad to see you're taking this on, Rosie. I would appreciate a break from creating the meetup pages for a month or two but will of course help out if need be.--Ipigott (talk) 21:13, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
activists, pacifists, Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Missing articles by dictionary/Suffrage, Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Missing articles by dictionary/Social reformers, Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Missing articles by occupation/Politicians for a few, Rosiestep. SusunW (talk) 21:48, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
SusunW, nice! Including all of these, the theme is quite broad and I think there will be a lot of variation for the participants. I, too, vote in favor of this. --Rosiestep (talk) 22:17, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
@Rosiestep and SusunW:, That's an awesome set of lists. Also I have a ton of more local suffragists that I can link to a suffrage redlist. Ipigott is the Paralympics also happening this summer? Megalibrarygirl (talk) 23:06, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
Megalibrarygirl, this one is CS+WD: Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Missing articles by occupation/Suffragists.
Ipigott, what do you think about a 3-month women's sports event around the time of the summer Olympics, e.g. the month before, the month of, and the month after? --Rosiestep (talk) 21:33, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
Rosiestep and Ipigott, I volunteer to make the meet-up page for the Africa contest after dinner tonight, but will rely on your proofing skills. I'll ping you when it is in final draft. OK? WomenArtistUpdates (talk) 21:43, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
WomenArtistUpdates, sounds great and thank you! BTW, it'll be #186. --Rosiestep (talk) 21:45, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

@Ipigott, Antiqueight, Megalibrarygirl, Penny Richards, SusunW, Victuallers, WomenArtistUpdates, TJMSmith, PamD, Smirkybec, Missvain, HickoryOughtShirt?4, Dsp13, SarahTHunter, Abishe, Alanna the Brave, Whisperjanes, David Eppstein, and Missvain: - Please review for errors/omissions: invite, all the meetup pages, all the associated templates. Note, there will be one more (Africa #186) tomorrow. Thank you. --Rosiestep (talk) 00:26, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

Rosiestep and all, Women in Africa contest | Jan-Feb-Mar 2021 is posted. There are no redlists for South Sudan or Togo. Don't know whether to leave it as a redlink or delete from the country list. I think I got all the countries. I put the transcontinental country Egypt in the list. WomenArtistUpdates (talk) 01:47, 28 December 2020 (UTC)
WomenArtistUpdates, super! --Rosiestep (talk) 03:57, 28 December 2020 (UTC)
Thanks all! Does WIR-186 extend to African diaspora or is this focused directly on citizens of African countries? TJMSmith (talk) 02:02, 28 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Great stuff, Sue. I used to do that sort of thing myself a year or two ago until I was told my edits were frequently problematic. That's why I now prefer to leave it to the experts. But as far as I can see, your redlists are just what we need.--Ipigott (talk) 17:12, 28 December 2020 (UTC)
  • As you were! It looks as if they only cover deaths in 1950. I think we need help.--Ipigott (talk) 17:19, 28 December 2020 (UTC)
    Ipigott, I just tinkered with the dates in the code. I don't know what else to change... Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:32, 28 December 2020 (UTC)
  • My apologies, Sue. I suddenly realized when I got to bed last night that of course all the deaths should be 1950. That's the whole point! Thanks once again and a Happy New Year to you too.--Ipigott (talk) 08:36, 29 December 2020 (UTC)
    Ipigott, LOL. It's OK. Happy New Year to you, too. Let's make it a great year!!!! Megalibrarygirl (talk) 16:21, 29 December 2020 (UTC)
I've been mostly offline for a while. It's time to pick up again and get started. You have all made what I think are excellent choices I'm delighted to be working on for 2021. Thank you all. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 13:38, 4 January 2021 (UTC)

February 2021[edit]

Geofocus Africa contest[edit]

  • Women in Africa quarterly contest (Jan, Feb, Mar)

Annual initiative - Black History Month[edit]

  • with AfroCrowd

Annual initiative: Wiki Loves Folklore[edit]

Women clacissists[edit]

I think this would be useful in conjunction with Wikipedia:Women's Classical Committee. We could perhaps also include women from the classical era. In this connection, Tagishsimon, it might be useful to create a Wikidata list of women born before 400 AD along the lines of Wikipedia:WikiProject MedievalWiki/Wikidata Redlist.--Ipigott (talk) 10:32, 6 January 2021 (UTC)

March 2021[edit]

Geofocus Africa contest[edit]

  • Women in Africa quarterly contest (Jan, Feb, Mar)

Annual initiative: Art+Feminism[edit]

  • with Art+Feminism (Executive Director, Kiraface)

Annual initiative: #VisibleWikiWomen with Whose Knowledge?[edit]

April 2021[edit]

Annual initiative: Gender studies[edit]

Plants & Women/In the Garden[edit]

  • Based on this conversation below: Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_in_Red/Ideas#Gardeners? There are WD lists for Gardeners, Florists, Plant Ecologists, Botanists already and I bet there are others amongst other categories. It was pointed out that Spring in the Northern, and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, are both good times to be in the garden. Lajmmoore (talk) 19:09, 15 December 2020 (UTC)
Also Mycologist, Lichenologist, Botanical Illustrator, Botanical Collector, etc. I tried to run a query for them but I don't think it worked! Lajmmoore (talk) 19:15, 15 December 2020 (UTC)

May 2021[edit]

Annual initiative: May Mays[edit]

Annual initiative: CEE women[edit]

  • with CEE User Group

Mental Health[edit]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US and MH week in the UK. Maybe a focus on those with mental health issues, Mental health professionals, healthy lifestyle influencers/writers, counselors, social workers, neurologists, and neuroscientists. This could be in collaboration with WP:NEURO, Medicine, and Psychology. TJMSmith (talk) 18:55, 20 November 2020 (UTC)

June 2021[edit]

  • Annual initiative: Pride with LGBT+
  • Annual initiatives: June Junes

July 2021[edit]

  • Annual initiative: JulyJulies

August 2021[edit]

  • I can't remember but wasn't the "women in sports" project going to be reopened again in July/August 2021 for the upcoming Olympics? I remember seeing a notice shown up a while ago stating that on the project's page, I do remember there were a lot of volunteers and work going on with the project. SarahTHunter (talk) 12:09, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

September 2021[edit]

  • Annual initiative: Writers with WP:WPWW

October 2021[edit]

  • Annual initiative: Ada Lovelace Day/STEM

November 2021[edit]

  • Annual initiative: Wiki Asia Month
  • November is diabetes month in several countries plus World Diabetes Day is November 14. Perhaps November could focus on both women diabetics and healthcare professionals (i.e. endocrinologists). Particularly with gestational diabetes impacting so many women. This could be in collaboration with WP:Medicine, Nursing, and Women's Health. TJMSmith (talk) 18:45, 20 November 2020 (UTC)

December 2021[edit]

  • Annual initiative: Women who died in 2021

Discuss potential geofocus ideas here[edit]

Geofocus A-Z[edit]

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)
I like this a lot. --Rosiestep (talk) 13:48, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
Did we decide to do this? It does seem like a sensible idea ☕ Antiqueight chatter 13:17, 18 October 2019 (UTC)
We did "I" a while back. Nice idea to do all 26 but ... Some letters don't have any or many countries: see List of sovereign states. Three for F and for J, only one O, one Q, no W or X, one Y, two Zs. PamD 15:40, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
I've been thinking that this might be a unique way of covering geofocus for January 2021 – December 2022. Over the course of 24 months, we would cover countries at the rate of one letter per month, except for December 2022 when we would include X+Y+Z. Some letters have very few options, e.g. countries starting with the letter Q, while other letters have a lot of countries. But over the course of 24 months, this would even out. Some considerations:
Incorporate Historical States that no longer exist within the alphabet scheme?
Skip our annual May geofocus on "CEE countries" and November geofocus on "Wiki Asia Month"?
Omit US and UK? --Rosiestep (talk) 15:46, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
I don't see why not to include Historical states, as it'd flesh out the possibilites. I think we'd have to see which countries would fall under May / November first before deciding to keep/skipping over. Omitting US/UK doesn't seem right as it won't be worldwide. Whether it's a year long/two year long geofocus, the Us would be near the end of the list. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 15:58, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
How about developing this idea for the 12 months of 2021, carefully selecting countries for each month, not just one letter but perhaps two or sometimes three at a time. On the basis of the experience we gain from our June 2020 geofocus on reducing gender imbalance, we could compile a list of "deserving" countries for the whole year. Looking further ahead, in 2022, we might consider doing something along these lines for deserving cities or federal states, maybe even picking some from the English-speaking countries.--Ipigott (talk) 16:04, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
Having two or more letters per month seems good as some letters are limited like PamD said i.e O/Q. Expanding on your idea, maybe in each editathon there could be a focus list of countries per letter while not excluding the other countries. It'd give a heads up to editors to know that these countries need a bump in articles. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 16:11, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Geofocus by latitude[edit]

How about a by-latitude split? Countries between perhaps equator and Tropic of Cancer, then Capricorn; countries of latitute from Tropic of Cancer north to x, then north of x, similarly for south. Or some such - sweeping across all the continents. Need to adjust the bands to make very roughly similar sizes, and perhaps accept that some countries are in more than one zone - a pity that the List of sovereign states mentioned above doesn't have a field for coordinates! PamD

Just found List of countries by northernmost point and List of countries by southernmost point - astonishingly few countries with northernmost point south of tropic of Capricorn...perhaps southernmost points gives a broader spread somehow! A fascinating pair of lists, anyway. PamD 15:50, 22 October 2019 (UTC)

Geofocus by religion[edit]

I really enjoyed the Arab World one last year though, and liked its intersection with Islam particularly, so wondered if maybe something like women from Buddhist countries, or similar might work? The other idea I had would be to focus on women, based on a sea/ocean area e.g. Women from the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, etc. which might get some really interesting cross-overs? (Sorry if these have been done before, I'm still new!) (Lajmmoore (talk) 11:14, 17 February 2020 (UTC))

Geofocus by language[edit]

Not sure if this has been done before (a quick archive search didn't mention it, but I wondered about a focus on countries with lower rates of English speaking? This article gives some details based on a couple of different metrics. Countries it lists include: Iran, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, El Salvador, Oman, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Angola, Kuwait, Cameroon, Libya, Iraq and Laos. It also includes China (as rate of speaking is very low, even if reading and writing is pretty high). Gives an interesting spread of places. There's probably a better place to get statistics from than that article. Cheers (Lajmmoore (talk) 06:54, 23 May 2020 (UTC))

List of countries by English-speaking population may help! Corachow (talk) 18:37, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Historical States that no longer exist?[edit]

Hi All, I wondered whether a geofocus one month could be on "historical countries that no longer exist"? (I'm not sure that's the best way to describe what I mean!) It's not something I know very much about, but I've noticed places like Kingdom of Saxony Kingdom of Prussia Austria-Hungary come up on redlists. I don't know whether its a theme people have done before, or what might be possible in terms of lists, etc. I found this List of former sovereign states and there's others too. All the places that are no longer recognised would maybe be too big, so there would be a question about period or geography maybe too? Equally, sorry if its been brought up before! (Lajmmoore (talk) 09:33, 31 March 2020 (UTC))

Lajmmoore: It was done in September 2019: Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/135. Unfortunately, it didn't get much traction. --MarioGom (talk) 09:36, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
MarioGom Thanks v much! I must have just missed it! Gonna have a poke around in the page now though! Thanks (Lajmmoore (talk) 10:26, 31 March 2020 (UTC))

Politicians USA in November[edit]

Not really sure if this is the right place for this. US Election Day is November 3 and it's one of the biggest elections of modern history. I do a lot of work around women in politics in the US and I'd love to see a geofocus on it, especially since we will see more women coming and going from national and state politics after the election results, and we might have our first female Vice President. I think it would be a great opportunity to improve coverage about women in American politics past and present. Thanks for your consideration. Missvain (talk) 20:23, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

Aotearoa New Zealand[edit]

Happy New Year everyone! A few years ago (in September 2017, to be exact!) WiR ran a geo-focus on New Zealand, which produced 120 articles on New Zealand women. It was awesome to be a focus for the project! Since then, the editing community in NZ has become a bit more organised and cohesive and one of our group, DrThneed, has created a number of redlists of New Zealand women (which have been added to the WiR redlist index) which several editors are working with. We have also started holding in-person and remote editathons and editor meet-ups, including editathons on topics related to women (one on Maori women weavers is coming up this week). We're wondering if there is an opportunity in 2021 to have a WiR geo-focus on New Zealand women again, and we could back it up with some in-person editathons too and really make some inroads into our lists - and also potentially attract some new editors here. Any thoughts? MurielMary (talk) 10:07, 6 January 2021 (UTC)

Discuss potential non-geofocus ideas here[edit]

A is for "A start"[edit]

Just before we started Women in Red I completed (after work of lots of others) in writing a biography of every woman in the Dictionary of National Biography. This meant that any (UK related) women who was recognised as notable before about 1900 was in Wikipedia. Obviously the DNB did not stop there and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography took over. That has LOTS more women - so what to do? I set out to do every women in the ODNB whose first name began with an A. I think I have made quite a dent in it. Look here or here. My suggestion is that we have a go at picking off all the women whose name begins with A (or alpha if she is ancient Greek) in any country. Our progress will demonstrate the size of the problem of doing all ~26 letters- Victuallers (talk) 09:44, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

@Victuallers: Would this just be ODNB related or any woman whose first name starts with name? For the ODNB list, there are currently just over 100 A first named women left (not bad). --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 00:11, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
@MrLinkinPark33: I was proposing women whose name begins with A (or alpha if she is ancient Greek) in any country. I imagined that we might be able to finish the UK and start on other countries. A demonstration of the fact that writing wiki biogs for women in just one country for just one letter is a large task. I see some arguing that the 83% blokes on wiki is because women are prevented from having wikiarticles because of notability rules or lack of written sources. These are problems, BUT they are not stopping us from adding thousands of more articles to fix the gap. Oh and thanks for your work and for noticing its just over 100 - do you have a more accurate list? Cheers Roger aka Victuallers (talk) 11:03, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
@Victuallers: Didn't get the above ping so I just saw it now. I only counted the people starting with A in the above ODNB link you mentioned. I can't confirm whether it is 100+ or not (since I don't write articles on ODNB people). Starting with A (in general) would be nice as it reminds me of the Countries starting with I contest we did last year. Also provides 2 years of contest material if we did one letter per month (see @SusunW:'s idea below) :) --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 20:14, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
@Victuallers and MrLinkinPark333: I read this thread after the latest WiR notice landed on my talk page.
Has any further progress (i.e., beyond 'A') been made? I'd be interested to help, and to help spread the word. If nothing else, could a list be made of women in the dictionary who don't have articles? I'm not sure if I have access, but it looks like access is free (?), or I can see if institutions I know hold subscriptions. = paul2520 (talk) 00:04, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
No idea as I haven't been following up with this idea. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 00:18, 24 February 2020 (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 badged 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)
They are now Virtual and running about every week hosted by the Women in Red intern - next one is on June 13th 2020. Victuallers (talk) 11:26, 9 June 2020 (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)

Filling out lists[edit]

A suggestion of something a little different, maybe? We have a whole lot of lists that are partially filled out with articles - various women's halls of fame, for instance, or the list of National Heritage Fellowship recipients. Many of the by-year lists of Guggenheim Fellows as well. What about a month where we pick one or two of these lists and look at filling in all the redlinks? That would give us a nice filled-out list at the end of the month. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 17:05, 24 September 2018 (UTC)

@Ser Amantio di Nicolao: Funnily, I was thinking of creating a list of Guggenheim Fellows names as the recipents are automatically notable as per WP:NACADEMIC Criteria #2. That'd help boost up the percentage without worrying about notability :) --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 17:39, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
@MrLinkinPark333: As would the National Heritage Fellows...and those have the advantage of being sourceable to the NEA's website. Which means that their biographies there are in the public domain...if we wanted to we could crank out the articles pretty quickly thanks to that. :-) --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 17:48, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
@Ser Amantio di Nicolao: In that case, I think the National Heritage Fellows would be easier to complete as the Guggenheim Fellows does not have a lot of info on each recipient, just the notability. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 17:51, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
@MrLinkinPark333: No reason we couldn't suggest both for different months. :-) I'm not sure this would be a monthly challenge, necessarily...but bimonthly or trimonthly, perhaps. Besides, getting all of the Guggenheim Fellows in one go would be a bit of a tall order. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 17:59, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
@Ser Amantio di Nicolao: Yep, that's why I didn't press on having them done first, because there is so many of them :/ However, I'm making a different list of names that are presumed notable based on individual criterias instead. ;) --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 18:05, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
@MrLinkinPark333: What about other fellowships/awards? How about the Rome Prize, for instance - does that convey automatic notability? --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 18:45, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
@Ser Amantio di Nicolao: That specific prize I do not know if it passes WP:ARTIST or WP:ANYBIO. As for other fellowships, Criteria 1-3 and their respective notes of WP:NACADEMIC are the ones I see for fellowhips. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 18:51, 24 September 2018 (UTC)

Women with redirects[edit]

While looking through NY Times Notable Deaths 2019 I noticed a couple of women with redirects. I was wondering if there were many women who wouldn't appear on any redlist, but would need an article written. Maybe some were AfD merges but times have changed. Perhaps we can come up with some criteria for creating a new (short?) list of potential articles from these redirects. StrayBolt (talk) 20:22, 5 December 2019 (UTC)

By reference work[edit]

Have individual reference works been used as a theme before? Each entry would start with at least one high-quality source (and, usually, a pre-compiled bibliography). In-keeping with aforementioned ideas re: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and filling out lists, could pick any reasonable list from Category:Women in Red redlink lists (by dictionary), e.g., missing only 121 items for parity with the Encyclopædia Britannica Online. czar 07:31, 28 December 2019 (UTC)

@Czar: I'm late to your message but I'd be interested in a Britannica Online based one. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 15:16, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
I still keep banging away at the ODNB. One of the successes we had 5 years ago was to add every woman from the DNB. (The DNB was "the" UK biography book in the UK c. 1910.). Doing the Ency. Brittanica in date order might mean that we have a measure of success if we could do say every (woman) born before year x. Victuallers (talk) 11:32, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

Compiling a list of biographies of the most significant women[edit]

I'm not too sure how much enthusiasm there is about this but as a result of the "Vital articles" discussions on the WIR talk page, I suggested it might be a good idea to draw up a list of biographies of the Fifty most significant women on Wikipedia. This could later lead to a Balanced list of Wikipedia's most significant people which would list 100 names, 50 women and 50 men. The general idea would be to show that we believe the contributions of women to our world are just as important as those of men. If there is any support on this, we could start working fairly soon on selection criteria and which areas of interest should be covered.--Ipigott (talk) 07:23, 5 January 2020 (UTC)

There is a long history on wikipedia of drawing up 'balanced' lists of articles of different types and they almost always seem to end up generating more heat than light. I strongly encourage you to either (a) find a balanced list produced by an independent party outside of wikiepdia and import it as a table or (b) focus on improving the quality and quantity of the articles in traditionally underrepresented areas. Stuartyeates (talk) 21:56, 6 January 2020 (UTC)

Monthly editathon on the word vision for 2020[edit]

Hello. I was wondering if one of the monthly edithathons this year could be on vision. The reason why I suggest this year is because of 20/20 vision. I was thinking of using Vision as multiple ideas together:

  • people who work in vision related fields like opticians or optometrists.
  • people who have vision difficulties or who have lost their vision
  • women who work with people that have lost their vision or have vision difficulties
  • people who have been called a visionary.

Let me know what you think! --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 20:34, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

April Aprils and June Junes[edit]

  • Since we've been doing May Mays, I was wondering if we could do women with the name April in April and women with the name June in June. This could also apply to middle names as well. I was thinking maybe these could be added for 2021, so we could have the name themes from April, May and June. Let me know what you think! --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 15:55, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Jan January[edit]

Perhaps I'm too early for this, but what about Jan January? We can also do women with names such as Jane, Janet, Jenny, Jennifer, etc. What do you think?Corachow (talk) 18:15, 25 May 2020 (UTC)


Hi All, I wondered whether a theme for Spring 2021 (or anytime) could be gardeners/horticulture/women with plants named after them/plant scientists, etc.? I couldn't see a discussion in the archive! (Lajmmoore (talk) 12:15, 25 August 2020 (UTC)) Just giving a bump to this idea @Rosiestep: @Ipigott: @Penny Richards: of gardeners and planty people. There's a discrete Wikidata list just for Gardeners here User:Lajmmoore/sandbox (but @Tagishsimon: please you tell me how to fix the final column?) We could add botanists, etc, then others too like landscape gardener? Lajmmoore (talk) 21:27, 28 October 2020 (UTC)

I think this would be lovely in the springtime, perhaps April 2021? We could add garden writers, horticulturists, flower growers... --Rosiestep (talk) 21:36, 28 October 2020 (UTC)
Definitely interested! And if you want to extend the theme sideways, we could include women named Daisy, Rose, Violet, Iris, Marguerite, Sakura, Lily, Jasmine, Fleur, Flora, etc. etc. ;) Penny Richards (talk) 21:41, 28 October 2020 (UTC)
Good idea. Why have we never thought of it before? We'll certainly take it on. Have you any redlists or ideas about the women we should work on, Lajmmoore? If it's for the spring, we've plenty of time to prepare things.--Ipigott (talk) 21:50, 28 October 2020 (UTC)
I'm still learning how to make red-lists, but I did some queries and I think there's quite a few people under Florist, Botanist, etc. I'd be happy to work on some lists as I need the practice over the next few weeks. The User:Lajmmoore/sandbox/Gardeners Redlist list is a start. Lajmmoore (talk) 21:58, 28 October 2020 (UTC)
also plant illustrators/painters? ps. april is autumn downunder, still a lovely time of year in the garden.Face-smile.svg Coolabahapple (talk) 13:08, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
Coolabahapple, thanks! I'll pop it forward for April then - whether you're waking up or bedding down your garden! Lajmmoore (talk) 19:00, 15 December 2020 (UTC)
Here's a short WD list of plant ecologists :) Great idea! TJMSmith (talk) 13:26, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
OOH. Yes! Thanks TJMSmith Planty People in all forms! Lajmmoore (talk) 19:00, 15 December 2020 (UTC)


The names themes seem popular and I wondered about Christmassy names for December? Ivy, Holly, Carol, etc. (Lajmmoore (talk) 12:17, 25 August 2020 (UTC))

Don't forget Natalie, Noelle, Stella, Mary, Angel... ;) Penny Richards (talk) 16:50, 11 September 2020 (UTC)
I don't care for Christian oriented themes. Just one person's opinion.WomenArtistUpdates (talk) 17:24, 11 September 2020 (UTC)
@WomensArtistUpdates: Great point! To be honest I'd forgotten Christmas was to do with religion when I mentioned it - but I 100% get that it's not very inclusive. Thanks for bringing it up! (Lajmmoore (talk) 07:15, 22 September 2020 (UTC))

Eponymous Women & Animals??[edit]

Hi All, I was tidying my sandbox, and I found this list I started, women who have mammals named after them. I'm not sure if it's a theme that has been done already, but I wondered whether it might be fun for 2021? The sandbox list was based on this book, which I manually searched for women from. There's also a version for Reptiles, one for Birds, for amphibians and one for Odonata. I don't think all the women were notable from the mammals book, but some definitely were. I don't mind making lists, if a) people think it would be useful and b) people could give me some tips? Lajmmoore (talk) 11:36, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

Wives, mothers, etc.[edit]

Something I've noticed more and more in recent years as I've done my research: more biographical dictionaries are beginning to incorporate separate articles on the wives and mothers of notable men, focusing on their achievements rather than those of their husbands and sons. Usually these are women who were previously featured as addenda in their husbands'/sons' articles. I think it could be an interesting theme to develop...maybe for Mother's Day next May? --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 05:56, 22 July 2020 (UTC)

Mother's Day isn't the same day in every country, most notably it's in March (or very occasionally April) in the UK. It's also March in many European and Middle Eastern countries. Joseph2302 (talk) 19:14, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
@Joseph2302: Just a suggestion - doesn't have to be keyed to any particular month. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 00:40, 27 July 2020 (UTC)

Variations on Monthly Achievement Initiative[edit]

Given the current interest in this initiative (around 575 articles added by 29 August), it might be interesting to change the targets for the coming months. For October, we might for example call for articles on women from 31 predefined countries, one for each day of the month. We could list the countries beforehand, drawing on our redlists (but perhaps leaving out those without at least 20 redlinks). We could allow a maximum of three days for each country, e.g. 1 to 3 October: Albania, 2 to 4 October: Algeria, 3 to 5 October: Angola, 4 to 6 October: Argentina, etc. Participants could list their articles both under the countries and under their own user names, giving a clearer view of achievements. Then in November, we could do something similar with occupations. Would this be worthwhile or should we just continue using the August/September model? Personally, I think variations might attract additional interest. Other suggestions for variations would of course be welcome.--Ipigott (talk) 08:57, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

Pinging Rosiestep, Victuallers, Megalibrarygirl, SusunW, Antiqueight, Abishe, Nick Number, cbratbyrudd, Stuartyeates, Alanna the Brave for reactions or other suggestions.--Ipigott (talk) 17:39, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Glad to hear there's been lots of interest, Ipigott. My thoughts: I like the idea of variations on topics each month (either nationality or occupation), but I'd be wary of making it too complicated for participants. I usually have to do some preparatory research before creating an article (which may take several days depending on how busy I am), and I don't want to have to try to remember whether I can submit an article about an Algerian woman on October 4th or an Argentinian woman on October 6th. On the other hand, I might be open to having broader weekly themes: during week 1, we write about women from western European countries, then for week 2 we write about women from Middle Eastern countries (or it could be women scientists or artists, etc.). Alanna the Brave (talk) 18:00, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
I kind of feel I should recuse myself from giving suggestions, as both this month and next my real world life is impacting my editing time. That being said, I like the idea of variations, but agree with Alanna the Brave that it needs to be simple to follow or we will end up discouraging editing. Congrats on the success. 575 articles is awesome! SusunW (talk) 18:08, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
@Ipigott: I think having a broad area of occupations/countries would work better (in my personal case). Maybe have special awards that says, for example Wikipedian who created the most (specific occupation) this month, or the most articles from (specific country, area). That way if people want the special awards, they can go for it while keeping the broad range of coverage for others who just want the 5, 10, 15 articles etc. barnstars. This monthly imitative helped me clear through some articles that I wanted to do, but didn't get around to start/finish them :) --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 18:53, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
As a relative newcomer to WiR I feel that the new monthly initiative is a great place to record and celebrate all the WiR articles written in a given month, i.e. from the monthly meetups and the #1day1woman ongoing. I find that most of my articles end up in #1day1woman as I don't want to hold them up waiting for a specific meetup to come along. My preference is that the whole recording system not become over-complicated. Oronsay (talk) 02:26, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
My thirty-ish contributions only accidentally in the list, it was work I was doing anyway, but this stretch got done quicker with this extra motivation. Stuartyeates (talk) 07:04, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the comments so far. I can see the simplicity of the current approach is appealing. It therefore looks as if any variations should be "additional extras" rather than a complete revamp. Let's see how we do in September.--Ipigott (talk) 14:58, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
I echo those who suggest we keep it simple. There are many contributions to the #1day1woman page which are currently also eligible for the Monthly Achievement Initiative, meaning articles from any country and any occupation. Requiring articles fit a certain geographical or occupational category during a short window of time will limit participation in the initiative, and might be discouraging to our membership base who will see it as more of a competition. If the initiative is all about increasing participation and increasing metrics, I'd vote to not change the current model. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:27, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Ipigott I'm not very creative in brainstorming ways to get people to participate, but I do want to help you keep the work load at something you can handle. If that means wikignoming a lot, that's fine. Just keep me posted. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:26, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Could you review my submission, I was getting negative feedback about submitting Jenny L. Davis, a linguist and social activist because she is 'merely' an assistant professor who speaks a indigenous tongue and is attempting to revive it. CaptJayRuffins (talk) 00:12, 6 February 2019 (UTC)