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Women in Red – a project to add biographies of women to Wikipedia

6th September 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Women using laptops

Join us to celebrate the lives & contributions of all the incredible women missing from Wikipedia!

This event at the University of Edinburgh’s Main Library kicks of at 12:30pm so join us then if you can or drop in any time between 12:30pm and 5pm and stay as long or as little as you like.

It’s a chance to learn about & celebrate the role notable women have played through researching, writing & illustrating Wikipedia articles about their lives and their contributions.

You’ll be given nibbles and supported to add images, improve articles & create new articles (50 words+) missing from Wikipedia, the go-to source of information for people all around the world.

Wikipedia is the 5th most visited website in the world and the first point of information for many so surfacing knowledge there can make a huge impact. Yet, as of 19th August 2019, only about 17.94% of the English Wikipedia’s biographies are about women. Not impressed? Physicist Jess Wade certainly wasn’t. She has written 460+ articles about women in science in the last year and has been named in Nature’s 10 people who mattered in 2018 as a diversity champion.


Join us this for our Women in Red workshop as we help make Wikipedia better!

No prior knowledge is required. You’ll learn how to edit Wikipedia and participate in an open knowledge community in a social and supportive setting. Participants will be helped to develop articles of their choice but suggestions for articles to work on will be provided.

NB: The room has desktop PCs but you can bring a laptop along to the event if you prefer.


  • 12:30pm: Welcome and crash course in Wikipedia editing for those new to editing.
  • 1:30pm – 4:30pm:EDIT! (Drop in when you can and stay as long as you want to/need to and you’ll be supported to publish an article – Warning: Wikipedia editing is highly addictive)
  • 4:30pm –5pm Publish your new article and event close.

Then you can check how long it takes for it to appear in Google’s top ten results!

Have a look at the event page to see if there are pages you would like to help edit/create and if you fancy learning more about Wikipedia ahead of time then you can view the Wiki Basics site.


Register your place on Eventbrite 




Ewan McAndrew


Room 1.08, Main Library, George Square (Central Area)
Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 9LJ United Kingdom + Google Map