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"Double the lede!"
December 2021

December: "Double the lede!" Women who died in 2021

Continuing: Oceania contest

2021 global initiatives: #1day1woman2021 Women's rights

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 Humaniki, only 19.45% 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.
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This December Women in Red proposes an editathon we’re calling "Double the lede!" Now that more and more people are using smartphones and virtual assistants that may only display the introductory summary (known as the "lede" or "lead") of our articles, it is important that that summary contains a good overview of the life, work or organization covered. As there are many articles with very short ledes (for example, a single sentence), this editathon seeks to expand the ledes in order to provide a fuller summary of the entry. You might even find some of the articles you have created yourself could do with a longer lede (we know we will!).

We hope both inexperienced and seasoned editors will join us in improving biographies and other articles about notable women, including their writings or other works. This virtual editathon allows enthusiasts wherever they may be to participate in our initiative.


  • Identify an article with a very short lede (tips below)
  • Read through the article and try to expand the lede by mentioning a bit more about the person covered, perhaps including some of their major achievements.
  • If you want more background, you'll find some useful tips from the Lead Improvement Team.

Main goals

  • to encourage inexperienced editors and show them how they can contribute to Wikipedia by creating or improving biographies of prominent women
  • to draw the attention of more experienced editors to the need for concerted action on combating the systemic bias against the coverage of women and women's works
  • to promote the new/improved articles and images through social media and via nominations to Main Page features Did You Know…? and In The News.

What else?

  • Below, you'll see a section where you can list the articles you have worked on 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 share any of the articles or their images on social media, or successfully nominate for In The News, please indicate you have done so next to the article name.

Finding articles to improve[edit]

  • By looking through the lists of articles created month by month, for example those from November 2021 or any other month you would like to examine, you should find plenty of articles which start with ledes running to just one short sentence.
  • Many more articles can be found in Category:Women and its subcategories.


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
  • Add ITN after the article if it was posted on the main page via WP:In The News.

Upgraded articles[edit]

Most recent on top. Also, please indicate amount of improvement (e.g., number of characters, words, or sentences added).

  1. United States Rosa Vertner Jeffrey + 2 sentences
  2. United States Marguerite Bonga Fahlström + 4 sentences + image + edits
  3. AustriaGermany Anna Laminit 66 → 116 word lede + copy edits
  4. United States Anna Cora Mowatt + 4 sentences, PIN
  5. United States Catherine Murat + 2 sentences, PIN
  6. Switzerland Flavia Wasserfallen +important info to lead, current MP. + info to body, PIN
  7. Turkey Gülser Yıldırım + 1 sentence to lead, +info to body
  8. South AfricaMpho Tutu van Furth - PIN
  9. United States Alisha Kramer, + 3 sentences
  10. Germany Ines Eichmüller, + 3 sentences, PIN
  11. Norway Signe Veiteberg the article is only so long but the lead was considered too short; I added relevant information
  12. Portugal Luísa Fialho +2 sentences, also did a bit of clean up in the main text of the article, PIN
  13. France Claire Mathon, was one sentence, now three
  14. Chile Fabiola Letelier (d. Nov 2021), actually reduced lede to remove "sister of" but added 1678 chars, PIN
  15. United States Sylvia Weinstock (d. Nov 2021), 1 sentence to 3, +1803 chars total
  16. United States Joanne Shenandoah (d. Nov 2021) revised lede to make more relevant to subject, +703 chars total
  17. United States Darlene Hard (d. Dec 2021) +9 words lede, +1271 chars total, PIN
  18. Italy Lina Wertmüller (d. Dec 2021) just a few words to lede from WaPo obit but they are good words, PIN
  19. Lithuania Aldona Grigaliūnienė had no refs either
  20. United States Chi Coltrane had no refs either, PIN
  21. Germany Patricia Brocker had no refs either
  22. Lithuania Lina Braknytė had no refs either
  23. Zimbabwe Tererai Trent (+1 sentence, expanding a preexisting sentence)
  24. United StatesTexas All-Woman Supreme Court (+1 sentence, as well as expanding a preexisting sentence)
  25. United States Candace Jackson-Akiwumi (+1 sentence)
  26. Japan Itoko Koyama (+1 sentence)
  27. Italy Linda Albertini (+84 words), PIN
  28. New Zealand Kahe Te Rau-o-te-rangi (+3 sentences)
  29. New Zealand Kate Andersen (+1 sentence), PIN
  30. New Zealand Frances Caverhill (+3 sentences)
  31. New ZealandCanada Eleanor Catton (+5 sentences), PIN
  32. New ZealandAustralia Judith Lonie (+3 sentences)
  33. New Zealand Jean Lonie (+1 sentence)
  34. Quebec Monique Deland (+1 sentence), PIN
  35. SomaliaUnited Kingdom Momtaza Mehri (+1 sentence)
  36. GermanyUnited States Mira J. Spektor (+1 sentence)
  37. VietnamFrance Linda Lê (+1 sentence) - PIN
  38. Germany Annette Leo (+1 sentence)
  39. UzbekistanRussiaIsrael Dina Rubina (+1 sentence) - PIN
  40. RussiaSoviet Union Galina Shergova (+1 sentence) - PIN
  41. PolandLatvia Regīna Ezera (+1 sentence)
  42. EstoniaSoviet Union Debora Vaarandi (+2 sentences)
  43. EstoniaSoviet Union Anna Haava (+2 sentences) - PIN
  44. UzbekistanSoviet Union Zulfiya (poet) (+2 sentences) - PIN
  45. TatarstanSoviet Union Veronika Tushnova (+1 sentence)
  46. United StatesSoviet Union Margaret Wettlin (+1 sentence)
  47. LatviaSoviet Union Mirdza Ķempe (+1 sentence)
  48. United Kingdom Vonla McBride (1 sentence to 2) - PIN
  49. United Kingdom Jane Robinson (historian) (19 to 63 words)
  50. United Kingdom Ravinder Randhawa (1 sentence to 2)
  51. United Kingdom Henrietta Stanley, Baroness Stanley of Alderley (1 sentence to 3) - PIN
  52. RussiaSoviet Union Elizaveta I. Gnevusheva (+59 characters), PIN
  53. RussiaSoviet Union Regina Dubovitskaya (+137 characters), PIN
  54. RussiaSoviet Union Isabella Bashmakova (+177 characters), PIN
  55. RussiaSoviet Union Nina Gagen-Torn (+163 characters), PIN
  56. RussiaSoviet Union Lidiya Ginzburg (+53 characters), PIN
  57. RussiaSoviet Union Alexandra Brushtein (+186 characters), PIN
  58. RussiaSoviet Union Vera Panova (+1 sentence), PIN
  59. RussiaSoviet Union Natalya Sats (+174 characters), PIN
  60. RussiaSoviet Union Lidiya Seifullina (+1 sentence)
  61. RussiaSoviet Union Maria Shkapskaya (+1 sentence), PIN
  62. RussiaSoviet Union Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya (+1 sentence), PIN
  63. United States Helene Meyers (was 57 words(readable prose), now 204 words)
  64. Nicaragua Cristiana Chamorro Barrios (was 2 sentences, now 4), PIN
  65. United States Marguerite Gosse (+1 sentence)
  66. United States Eliza Cook (physician) (+1 sentence), PIN
  67. United Kingdom Susan Morgan (+1 sentence)
  68. United States Nancy Segal (+2 sentences)
  69. United States Mary Stuart James MacMurphy (+2 sentences), PIN
  70. United States Caroline Marshall Woodward (+1 sentence), PIN
  71. United States Mary Ross Banks (+1 sentence), PIN
  72. United States Harriet Newell Ralston (+1 sentence), PIN
  73. Kazakhstan Maukhida Abdulkabirova (159 characters), PIN
  74. Ivory Coast Timpoko Helène Kienon-Kabore (two extra sentences)
  75. Saudi Arabia Sarah Mohanna Al Abdali (extra sentence), PIN
  76. United Kingdom Rachel Tanner (+232 characters)
  77. Spain Therasia of Nola (+252 characters)
  78. Zimbabwe Zodwa Nyoni (+181 characters)
  79. United States Ja'Tovia Gary (was 1 sentence, now 3)
  80. Japan Jakucho Setouchi (d. 2021) (14 words added to lede, 1144 bytes overall)
  81. United States Erica Armstrong Dunbar (was 2 sentences, now 4) - PIN
  82. United States Carrie Meek (d. 2021) (was 3 sentences, now 4 with more wikilinks and importance as African American congresswoman) - PIN

Early start in November[edit]

  1. BrazilUnited States Julia Bacha explains what type of films she makes - PIN
  2. Spain Almudena Grandes (was 1 sentence, now 4)
  3. Mexico Alma Guillermoprieto (was 2 sentences, now 5)
  4. United StatesUnited Kingdom May Isabel Fisk (was 1 sentence, now 3)
  5. France Mathilde Laurent (was 2 sentences, now 4)
  6. United States Aracelis Girmay (was 1 sentence, now 3) - PIN
  7. United States Mary Nash (author) (was 1 sentence, now 2)
  8. United States Nanina Alba (was 1 sentence, now 2)
  9. Nicaragua Violeta Granera (was 1 sentence, now 4) - PIN
  10. China Juan Du (was 2 sentences, now 4)
  11. Nicaragua Suyén Barahona (was 2 sentences, now 4) - PIN
  12. Switzerland Narciso Rodriguez for Her (was 2 sentences, now 4)
  13. United States Flora D. Crittenden (was 2 sentences, now 5)
  14. United States Judith Weisenfeld (was 2 sentences, now 4)
  15. United States Nicole A. Taylor (was 1 sentence, now 4)
  16. United States Surpassing Certainty (was 1 sentence, now 3) - PIN
  17. Ethiopia Beneath the Lion's Gaze (was 1 sentence, now 3)
  18. United States Playing in the Dark (was 1 sentence, now 2)
  19. United States Jessica B. Harris (was 1 sentence, now 3) - pIN
  20. United States Jenna Wortham (was 2 sentences, now 4) - PIN
  21. United States Ruth Crosby Noble (was 1 sentence, now 3)
  22. IranUnited States Najmieh Batmanglij (was 2 sentences, now 4) - PIN
  23. United States Harriet Bates (was 1 sentence; now 2) - PIN
  24. United States Elizabeth Eggleston Seelye (was 1 sentence; now 3) - PIN
  25. United Kingdom Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (was 1 sentence; now 2) - PIN
  26. United StatesCanada Matilda Maranda Crawford (was 1 sentence; now 2) - PIN
  27. Republic of IrelandUnited States Mary Mathews Adams (was 1 sentence; now 3) - PIN
  28. United Kingdom Ann, Lady Fanshawe (was 1 sentence; now 2) - PIN

Main Page 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

New/expanded articles featured in the In the news... column of the Wikipedia Main page

  • Add here – most recent at the top with date of publication
  • Almudena Grandes - November 28

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