Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/149

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Women in the public domain | January 2020

January: 2019 deaths Activists Public domain Geofocus: Central America

2020 global initiatives: #1day1woman2020 Focus on sports

See also: Future events

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Hello! and welcome to WikiProject Women in Red (WiR), whose objective is to turn red links into blue ones. Our project's scope is women's biographies and women's works, broadly construed. Did you know that, according to WHGI, only 18.21% of the English Wikipedia's biographies are about women? Not impressed? Content gender gap is a form of systemic bias, and this is what WiR addresses. We invite you to participate, whenever you like, in whatever way suits you and your schedule.
Women in Red warmly welcomes you!
Women in the public domain
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1–31 January 2020
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Add to articles
  • Authority control should be included at the foot of every biography: {{Authority control}}. It will remain hidden until relevant identifiers have been added to Wikidata.
  • Choose applicable Categories including relevant subcategories of Category:Women.
  • If applicable, add a stub template at the foot of an article:{{stub}}.
Add to article talk pages
  • {{WikiProject Biography| }} or {{WikiProject Biography}}
  • {{WikiProject Women}} if born after 1950; or {{WikiProject Women's History}}:: if born before 1950.
  • Editathon banner: {{WIR-149}}

The Berne Convention establishes that authors enter the public domain on the following the next January 1st after a certain amount of years (normally 50 to 70) of their death. Activists supporting free access to knowledge and culture have created the "public domain day" as a way to celebrate the fact that different authors enter the public domain on a single date.

The proposal for this activity is to help create and improve articles of the women that are entering in the public domain this year, and also encourage other activities that can take place now with their works: for example, digitize and upload them to Commons, transcribe them in Wikisource, create new Wikidata items for women creators, create new Wikidata items for their works, among other activities.

When: The actual day in which women enter the public domain is on January 1st, but people can edit throughout January.

How: We have created a set of lists that you can use to know which women are entering in the public domain this year. As a way to avoid complexity, we created the lists based on +70 post-mortem calculation (i.e., deaths in 2019). These dates might differ in your country (for example, if you are in Mexico is +100 post-mortem, or if you are in Uruguay or Canada is +50 post-mortem). If you want to create a specific list for your country, you're more than welcome to!

We have created the lists with the main occupation and all the sub occupations of "creator".


  • Create, improve or translate articles about the women entering into the public domain this year.
  • Create new Wikidata items for their works.
  • Create new Wikidata items for women creators.
  • Digitize their works and upload them to Commons.
  • Help convince your local archive, library or museum to digitize & upload their works into Commons!
  • Transcribe their works in Wikisource.

Contributors are of course also welcome to add articles on any other notable women who deserve to be covered, for example under our #1day1woman priority.

The main goals of the event are:

  • to encourage inexperienced editors and show them how they can contribute to Wikipedia by creating biographies of some of the world's most prominent women
  • to draw the attention of more experienced editors to the need for concerted action on a specific area
  • to support Wikipedia in combating the systemic bias against the coverage of women and women's works
  • to promote the new/improved articles and images through social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter)

What else?

  • Below, you'll see a section where you can list the articles you create this month, and another section where you can add the images you have uploaded to Commons.
  • This essay on creating women's biographies and our Ten Simple Rules might be helpful to newer editors.
  • If you tweet about any of the articles, or upload any of the images to Pinterest, please indicate you have done so next to the article name.

Redlists (lists of redlinked articles to be created)[edit]

Lists of women whose work is in the public domain on January 1, 2020:

Add other red links here, if possible with a source:


Outcomes (articles)[edit]

Promote our work[edit]


  • Add FB after the article if you mention it on Facebook
  • Add PIN after the article if you pin the image on Pinterest
  • Add TW after the article if you tweet it on Twitter

New or upgraded articles[edit]

Most recent on top, please, specifying upgraded if not new

  1. France Marguerite Gachet
  2. United States Eugenie Baizerman
  3. France Madeleine Carpentier - uploaded images
  4. DenmarkSweden Esther Gehlin
  5. United KingdomCanada Nora Drummond - uploaded images & created Wikipedia commons category
  6. Norway Ragnhild Kaarbø - uploaded images & created Wikipedia commons category
  7. Finland Olga Oinola TW
  8. Denmark Ville Jais Nielsen - uploaded images & created Wikipedia commons category
  9. United Kingdom Milly Childers - uploaded images TW
  10. United Kingdom Louisa Starr - uploaded images
  11. Germany Gertrud Staats - uploaded images
  12. Germany Margarethe Hormuth-Kallmorgen - uploaded images
  13. Germany Helene Cramer - uploaded images
  14. Germany Molly Cramer - uploaded images
  15. Denmark Johanne Cathrine Krebs - uploaded images
  16. Canada Gertrude Spurr Cutts - uploaded images & created Wikipedia commons category
  17. Canada Mary Hiester Reid - created Wikipedia commons category
  18. Poland Teresa Żarnowerówna - upgrade
  19. United States Florence Lundborg - PIN
  20. United Kingdom Lena Connell
  21. United States Julia Harwood Caverno - PIN
  22. United Kingdom Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema upgrade (her photo), PIN
  23. United Kingdom Lilian Hicks - PIN
  24. Bangladesh Sarajubala Sen - PIN
  25. Sweden Gerda Palm - PIN
  26. France Fernande Sadler - PIN
  27. Switzerland Bertha Zuricher - PIN
  28. Jamaica Gloria Cumper add 1948 pic, PIN
  29. Germany Frieda Hodapp - PIN
  30. United Kingdom Nell de Silva upgrade, PIN
  31. France Jeanne Simon (artist)
  32. Canada Gertrude des Clayes upgraded, PIN
  33. Belarus Alena Kish upgraded - PIN TW
  34. Republic of Ireland Lily Yeats upgraded - TW
  35. Sweden Elisabeth Czapek - PIN
  36. Greece Spéranza Calo-Séailles - PIN
  37. Austria Mileva Roller - PIN
  38. Austria Adele Juda
  39. Sweden Mia Green - PIN
  40. Denmark Mary Steen upgrade, PIN
  41. United Kingdom Averil Burleigh
  42. Argentina Emilia Bertolé - PIN
  43. United Kingdom Esther Borough Johnson
  44. United States Mary Aldis
  45. Netherlands Lucie van Dam van Isselt - PIN TW
  46. United States Annie Eliot Trumbull
  47. Italy Adélaïde Ametis - couldn't wait, we can add new paintings on New Years Day
  48. France Thérèse Lemoine-Lagron - PIN TW

Did You Know features[edit]

New/expanded articles featured in the Did you know... column of the Wikipedia Main page

  • Add here – most recent at the top with date of publication

Outcomes (media)[edit]

Add here – most recent at the top

Press about the event[edit]

Event templates[edit]