Addressing Wikipedia’s gender gap

Addressing Wikipedia’s gender gap: Get involved

There are several ways for you to support gender equity on Wikipedia — from editing articles and uploading photos, to sharing on social media and participating events. Here are opportunities to get involved:

Write and edit biographies about women

  • Women in Red aims to add and improve articles about women on Wikipedia. They are known for helping newcomers navigate the technical rules of Wikipedia. If you are looking for a place to start editing, you can start with the lists on women that are notable by Wikipedia’s standards. (More resources below if you’re new to editing!)
  • Wiki Loves Women aims to address the lack of articles about African women and their work on Wikipedia.
  • The WikiGap Challenge is a public writing competition organized by Wikimedia Sverige and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to create and improve articles to strengthen Wikipedia's coverage of women and related topics into as many languages as possible. This year, they are crowdsourcing names of women who should be on Wikipedia but are not yet. Tweet at them using the hashtag #WikiGap.

Improve content about gender equity, feminism, and the arts

  • Art+Feminism is an intersectional feminist non-profit organization that directly addresses the information gap about gender, feminism, and the arts on the internet. Their  work is centered on building an equitable global community striving to close the gaps in content and editorial representation on Wikipedia, ensuring that the histories of our lives and work are accessible and accurate. Their events feature tutorials for beginner Wikipedians, ongoing editing support, and reference materials.
  • UN Human Rights is collaborating with the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia affiliates around the world to improve the representation of women human rights defenders and gender equity online. Check out their list of topics around women’s rights that need articles, improvements, or translations on Wikipedia.
  • Kolektyw Kariatyda is a group of volunteers from Poland who meet regularly for online and in person events to add and improve articles about women, the arts, and feminism on Polish Wikipedia.

Contribute structured data and freely-licensed photos of women

  • Photos are critical in shaping the story about women and their work on Wikipedia. Do you or your institution have freely-licensed photos of notable women? Consider uploading them to Wikimedia Commons, the collection of images used on Wikipedia and elsewhere online.
  • Wiki Loves Women is running the annual contest, Tell Us About Her – Women At Work to improve image descriptions. Throughout March 2021, add structured data to Wikimedia Commons thanks to a dedicated drive and the ISA Tool.
  • Whose Knowledge? collaborates with movement partners; GLAM institutions; and feminist, women's organizations to upload images of women, in particular from Black, brown, indigenous, LGBTQAI+ and Global South communities to Wikimedia Commons through the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign.

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