The Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #GWWI


By Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam

Global Women Write-In #3. (2014) 

We are holding a THIRD #GWWI from Monday, October 20-Thursday, October 23 2014!

Face-to-face nodes will be held at The University of Michigan, and Kansas State University on October 22nd!

Additionally, Feminist Theory classes part of the Dialogues in Feminism, Technology & Culture (DOCC) courses at Richard Stockton College, The College of New Jersey and West Virginia University will be participating. The Write-In will span all four days so check in intermittently and post your progress using the hashtag #GWWI on Twitter.

Please sign up with your Wikipedia username on our meetup page here! (Also, if you are planning to host your own node, please add your location to the meetup page!)

#GWWI 3 is dedicated to the memory of Adrianne Wadewitz, an active Wikipedia in higher education advocate and one of the leaders in the movement to improve the content on women in Wikipedia.


Global Women Write-In #2. (2014) 

We are holding a second #GWWI on Tuesday, March 18 2014! We plan to have nodes at Emory University, Texas State University, Columbia University! The Write-In will last all day on March 18–so you can feel free to participate from ANY time zone!

Please sign up with your Wikipedia username on our meetup page here!

Be sure to use the #GWWI hashtag on Twitter to update us on your progress on March 18! We look forward to reporting on all your great edits.

-AK + RR


Global Women Write-In #1. (2013)

Final Report on #GWWI #1 Here.

La traducción del informe # GWWI por Silvia Gutiérrez aquí

#GWWI Live Blog Here.

The Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #1 #GWWI by the Rewriting Wikipedia Project: April 26, 2013, 1-3pm EST

Wikipedia Meetup Page:

On April 26th, the Rewriting Wikipedia Project will host the Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #GWWI. This virtual event is designed to encourage internet users to write entries about women from around the world into Wikipedia and to improve existing entries on these topics. The Rewriting Wikipedia Project is now a working group supported by Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH)

Why “global women”? If you’ve ever tried doing a Wikipedia search for important women theorists around the world, you might be surprised to note how short the entries are, particularly on their work and their ideas (for example: Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Gayatri Spivak, bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldua, Vandana Shiva, and Sara Ahmed). Many important women of color, such as Oyeronke Oyewumi and Frieda Ekotto, lack entries or stubs in Wikipedia. Additionally, coverage of international events involving women is brief or nonexistent (for example: the 1929 Aba Women’s Riots in Nigeria; Domitila Barrios de Chúngara; and Angkatan Wanita Sedar or “Force of Awakened Women,” an important feminist group in Malaysian history).

These gaps in Wikipedia’s knowledge base are striking and important, especially since Wikipedia is now the most commonly referenced encyclopedia globally. These gaps–particularly the gender gap–have been subject to study. According to the Wikimedia Wikipedia’s Editor’s Survey of 2011, “If there is a typical Wikipedia editor, he has a college degree, is 30-years-old, is computer savvy but not necessarily a programmer, doesn’t actually spend much time playing games, and lives in US or Europe.

The Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #GWWI will be the first of a series of events sponsored by the Rewriting Wikipedia Project to address inequalities in Wikipedia. It builds on the success of the #TooFEW Feminists Engage Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in March. We welcome you to join us virtually on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 1-3PM EST for the Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #GWWI.

The Rewriting Wikipedia Project aims to encourage new people to become Wikipedia editors, to provide support for new editors, and to develop best practices for rewriting Wikipedia. During our Global Women Wikipedia Write-in #GWWI, we encourage editors to draw on their knowledge and experience to contribute entries and information on women around the world to Wikipedia.

How can you participate?

  1. Contribute to the list of Wikipedia entries that we should edit or improve. Add your ideas to the working list here or in the comments below. You can find ‘stub’ articles — those that have been marked as needing further information — by searching various categories.

  2. Sign up for a Wikipedia account (we recommend using a pseudonym).

  3. Watch this video to learn how to edit Wikipedia. Be sure to set aside some time for this video. It’s an hour long, and we recommend clicking on FLASH – it tends to play better that way. If you don’t have time to do this, join the hashtag on Twitter or our designated chatroom to ask questions or share your experiences.

  4. Review our resources for writing Wikipedia entries that stick and our useful links.

  5. Don’t want to write? Add images to feminist articles. Here is the image use policy for Wikipedia.

  6. Track our work and tweet your own using the Twitter hashtag #GWWI.

  7. Join us on Friday, April 26th from 1-3PM EST from your own computer!

Expand the Rewriting Wikipedia Project

  • Teachers – Do your students need extra credit? Can Rewriting Wikipedia become a class project?

  • Students – Are you learning about some really cool people in Race and Ethnic Studies/Trans*/Queer/Women’s Studies/Postcolonial Studies who don’t have wiki pages or have pages with incorrect information? You can fix that!

  • Friends – Do you know other folks who should know about our work? Please send this link to activists, faculty, or others who might be interested in participating. Everyone is welcome!

  • Organizations – Do you know organizations that have information on different communities, histories, or projects that should be added to Wikipedia?

  • Too swamped to edit right now but want to contribute? Add your idea to our list.

Additional Resources from the Rewriting Wikipedia Project


**Wikipedia image remixed from original image from Octavio Rojas on Flickr.

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16 Comments on “The Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #GWWI
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  4. It’s a great initiative and I would love to participate but the likelihood of me getting up at 3:00 am on a Saturday is remote, sorry! Maybe next time we can set a time that isn’t quite so hard on those of us who come from nations (Australia and New Zealand) where many of the earliest, most radical and effective campaigners for women’s rights came from? All the best, and have a great afternoon on Friday.

  5. Thanks Christine – just wanted to give a cheeky reminder that we’re here

    My project, the Australian Women’s Register ( is an online digital resource that Wikipedia writers regularly use when compiling entries about women down our way.


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