Women in Red
Women in Red, initialism WiR, is a gender gap-bridging project on Wikipedia, a volunteer-edited online encyclopedia. Women in Red is a WikiProject within that site, focusing effort to create articles about notable women that do not currently exist there. The potential for such missing articles can be determined by looking for red hyperlinks in existing Wikipedia articles or templates.
Women in Red was conceived by volunteer Wikipedia editor Roger Bamkin in 2015, and volunteer editor Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight joined forces soon thereafter. Bamkin had initially coined a name for the project, "Project XX", but that was quickly scuttled in favor of WikiProject Women in Red. After the project was up and running, feminist scientist and volunteer editor Emily Temple-Wood, signed on. Her specialty is adding a new Wikipedia article about a female scientist every time somebody harasses her about her volunteer editing efforts.
At Wikimania 2016, in Esino Lario, Italy, Jimmy Wales, who co-founded Wikipedia in 2001, named Stephenson-Goodknight and Temple-Woods the Wikipedians of the Year, for the prior 12 months, for their joint effort to fill the gender chasm.
Women in Red conducts Wikipedia edit-a-thons in cities around the world, and continuously hosts a virtual one. The all-day in-person edit-a-thons are focused events conducted to train new contributors so that the Wikipedia gender gap can become narrower and include more content on notable women. Another goal is to increase the number of female editors. Though Wikipedia is "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit", as at 2015 only roughly 10 percent of editors were women. Female-focused biographies number about 17 percent versus other genders. Wikipedia is the fifth most visited web site on the Internet, and the English language Wikipedia contains nearly 5.5 million articles, more than 40 million worldwide on 265 separate language sites, resulting in 16 billion page views per month.
The Women in Red participants help to collate 150 worklists of red linked articles to make it easier to find and create the missing articles. As of December 22, 2016[update], the Women in Red cadre of volunteer editors has added over 45,000 articles, and increased the percentage of tallied articles to about 17 percent versus other genders.
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