Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/187

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Public domain | January 2021

2021 January: Climate and environment Public domain Women who died in 2020 (continuing)

2021 February: Black women Folklore Classicists

2021 Q1 contest: Africa contest

2021 global initiatives: #1day1woman2021 Women's rights

See also: Future events

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 Humaniki, only 19.64% 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!
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1–31 January 2021
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  • {{WikiProject Women}} if born after 1950; or {{WikiProject Women's History}}:: if born before 1950.
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In January 2021, Women in Red is focusing again on "public domain".

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 list 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 list based on +70 post-mortem calculation (i.e., deaths in 1950). 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 do so!

We have created the list 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]

A wide variety of redlink lists can be found on our Redlist index. Those relating to women in the public domain are listed below:

Participants might also be interested in this external list of authors who died in 1950 which contains the names and works of many women.

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


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