Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/267

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Alphabet Run: U, V, & W | May 2023

May: Alphabet run U, V, W Disability Education CEE women

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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 19.65% 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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From July 2022 to June 2023, Women in Red is embarking on their first collective "alphabet run", where editors work consecutively through the letters of the English alphabet. The May 2023 letters are U,V and W, and can be applied to any first, middle or last name of a subject e.g. Virginia Woolf, or individuals named like Ada Hill Walker or Ursula K. Le Guin would both be appropriate.

We hope both inexperienced and seasoned editors will join us in creating biographies and other articles about notable women.

This virtual editathon allows enthusiasts wherever they may be to participate in our initiative. Contributors are of course also welcome to add articles on any other women who deserve to be covered, for example under the topics of the month or our comprehensive #1day1woman priority.

The main goals of the event are:

  • to encourage inexperienced editors and show them how they can contribute to Wikipedia by creating biographies of prominent women
  • to draw the attention of more experienced editors to the need for concerted action in combating the systemic bias against the coverage of women and women's works
  • to promote the new and 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 create month by 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 images on social media, or successfully nominate for Main Page, please indicate you have done so next to the article name.

Redlists (lists of redlinked articles to be created)[edit]

A wide variety of redlink lists can be found on our Redlist index. Any of these lists can be used to find subjects who may have a first, middle or last name, beginning with U or V or W. Editors can click the column header to rearrange names into alphabetical order.

There are a wide variety of dictionaries and other reference works available, some that editors might consider are:

Wikidata generated lists[edit]

  • American National Biography (WD)
  • Australian Dictionary of Biography (WD)
  • Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women (WD)
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography (WD)
  • Dansk Kvindebiografisk Leksikon (WD)
  • Glimpses into Pacific Lives: Some Outstanding Women (CS)
  • Native American Women (WD)
  • Notable American Women, 1607–1950 (WD)
  • Notable Women of Hawaii (WD)
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (WD)

External links[edit]

Dictionaries with fewer than 20 women to go[edit]

  • South Asian Novelists (WD) - 2
  • Who's Who among the Colored Baptists of the United States (CS) - 4
  • Dictionary of Ulster Biography (WD) - 4
  • Dictionary of Irish Biography (WD)- 3 (more not on wikidata!)
  • Great Women Mystery Writers (CS) - 6
  • Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers (WD) - 9
  • Western Canadian women (CS) - 7
  • Dictionary of African Biography (WD) - 3
  • Onze Musici (WD) - 13
  • Biographical Dictionary of Spanish Socialism (WD) - 16
  • Latin America in the Communist International (WD) - 13
  • Dictionary of Welsh Biography (WD) - 20
  • American Women Historians (CS) - 14


Outcomes (articles)[edit]

Please add the biographical dictionary, if used:

New or upgraded articles[edit]


Most recent on top, please, specifying upgraded if not new

  1. United States Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (one of the 1st 6 domestic violence response/prevention centers ever established in the U.S.) - improved from stub tagged as "not notable" to C-class
  2. United States Woman's Club of Warren - improved from stub to start-class
  3. United States Sally Wiggin - improved from stub to start-class
  4. United States Woman's Progress - reassessed from stub to start; improved to C-Class
  5. United States Emma Wolf
  6. United Kingdom Eglantine Wallace edited
  7. United States The Voices (novel)
  8. United States Mary Virginia Proctor
  9. Spain Mari Jose Urruzola (also WIR 269)
  10. United States Ginny Vida
  11. United Kingdom Victoria Alexandrina Katherine Bruce
  12. IndiaUnited Kingdom Winifred Mayo
  13. United States Christine Vladimiroff - improved from stub-class to start-class
  14. United States Sharon Vaughn (politician) - improved from stub-class to start-class
  15. Poland Wanda Warska (also WIR 270) TW DYK
  16. Spain Muriel Villanueva i Perarnau (also WIR 269)
  17. Wales Elizabeth May Watkin Jones TW
  18. South Africa Karlien de Villiers
  19. United States Vicki Meek wikified
  20. Spain Alicia Martín Villanueva
  21. SlovakiaHungary Pálné Veres (complete rewrite, also WIR 269 and 270)
  22. ArmeniaLebanonUnited States Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh (also WIR 270)
  23. Sweden Ulla Westermark
  24. New Zealand Felicity Wallace TW
  25. Botswana Nnaniki Wilhemina Tebogo Makwinja - PIN
  26. United Kingdom Frances Wilbraham
  27. Slovenia Valentina Kobe (also WIR 269 and 270) - PIN
  28. United Kingdom Emma Caroline Wood
  29. United Kingdom Greta Valentine
  30. Denmark Stina Wirsén add first ref, PIN
  31. United States Virginia Keane Bryce
  32. United States Virna Woods
  33. United States Tonjua Williams add refs to upgrade
  34. Japan Keiko Watanabe
  35. United States Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen
  36. Bulgaria Tota Venkova (also WIR 269 and 270) - PIN
  37. Czech Republic Pavlína Wolfová (also WIR 270) - PIN
  38. United Kingdom Louise Wener upgrade, PIN
  39. United Kingdom Edith Wardale
  40. France Chloé Wary - PIN
  41. United States April Vollmer
  42. United Kingdom Mary Vining - PIN
  43. United States Carmen J. Walters
  44. Republic of Ireland Helen Whelton
  45. Germany Vera Hatz - PIN
  46. United States Deborah Valenze TW
  47. United States Mary Jane Windle
  48. Spain Laura Pérez Vernetti - PIN
  49. United Kingdom Gladys Wright - PIN
  50. United States Eleanor Woolley Fowler - PIN
  51. Italy Valentina Romeo - PIN
  52. Estonia Helmi Üprus (also WiR 270)
  53. United Kingdom Elizabeth Wiseman
  54. United States Helen Worthing Webster
  55. United States Abigail Williams May (also WiR 269)
  56. United States Emily Wayland Dinwiddie
  57. Turkey Raziye Uluçam
  58. United Kingdom Winifred Mercier - PIN
  59. United Kingdom Mrs Woodman
  60. England Eve of Wilton
  61. England Matilda of Wareham redirect
  62. Lithuania Vida Marija Čigriejienė (also WiR 269 and 270) TW
  63. Benin Vicentia Boco - PIN
  64. Austrian Empire Helene von Vetsera (also WiR 270) - PIN
  65. Belgium Virginie Loveling upgrade, PIN
  66. United States Corinne Michelle West - add infobox and image, PIN
  67. United States Janet Wilson James (also WiR 269)
  68. United States Thelma Van Norte - PIN
  69. Germany Valeska Knoblauch
  70. England Margaret Willoughby TW
  71. Argentina Azucena Villaflor - upgraded, PIN
  72. United Kingdom Phoebe Wright
  73. United Kingdom Elsa Vaudrey - PIN
  74. Switzerland Bigna Francis-von Wyttenbach
  75. GermanyUnited States Helen Kreis Wallenda (also WiR 270)
  76. Poland Wanda Szuman (also WIR 268, 269, 270) - PIN
  77. Switzerland Brigit Wyss (also WIR-270)
  78. TurkeyAustralia Ayten Kuyululu Ürkmez - TW (also WIR-270)

Early start[edit]

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  • Add TW after the article if you tweet it on Twitter
  • Add IG after the article if you post in on Instagram
  • Add LI after the article if you post it on LinkedIn
  • Add ITN after the article if it was posted on the main page via WP:In The News

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Outcomes (media)[edit]

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