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Women's History Edit-a-thon: Suffragists 3/26/20

Please join us as we contribute to Wikipedia to celebrate Women's History Month.

Help us edit more women into Wikipedia

This event is open to the public and we welcome people of all gender identities and expressions. No experience with editing Wikipedia is required but it is recommended that you bring a laptop. We will have a limited number of laptops available for those who don't have their own. We will start the edit-a-thon with a brief tutorial to cover the basics and experienced Wikipedians will be around to help out. We will be providing a list of Wikipedia articles to edit but participants are welcome to come with their own editing ideas. The event will be held from 4pm to 8pm, stay as long as you'd like but you are not required to stay for the entire event to participate.

We also welcome any one who can speak a second language to translate existing articles on the topic.

Space is limited and refreshments will be served so please RSVP

This event is supported by Wikimedia NYC and all attendees are subject to Wikimedia NYC's Code of Conduct.

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When and Where
DateWednesday, March 6, 2019 and Thursday, March 26, 2019
Time4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AddressRoom 309, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, New York City, New York
City, StateNew York City, New York
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus

Event informationEdit

Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham will be hosting a #WomensHistory event on Wednesday, March 26, 2020 and Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.

This event is designed to increase the coverage of women on Wikipedia. Specifically we will be adding information about women from the suffrage movement. The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, refreshments, and a pizza reception following the event. This event is free and open to the public.  People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

We will have a list of possible articles to work on but you can also bring your own.

  • Dates: Wednesday, March 26, 2020
  • Time: 4pm to 8pm
  • Location: Room 309 Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, New York City, New York
  • Subway: 59th St/Columbus Circle: A•B•C•D•1

Please sign into the dashboard for our event so we can track how many articles were worked on during the event (link will be posted prior to event).

Let's Get Social! Tweet, like, comment or follow us on social media. Our hashtag/handles for this event are: #WikiFordham #WomenHistory #MonumentalWomen @MonumentalWomen #20000By2020 @WomensActivism

What is Wikipedia? and Why participate today?Edit

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website on earth (World Economic Forum), 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.[7] (See the statistics page for more information.)

Although Wikipedia is the largest knowledge base on the planet, its lack of diverse race and gender content reflects the homogeneity of its editors.

You are helping to make women more visible on Wikipedia by participating today.

About the organizersEdit

Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham Wikipedia for Educatorssupports and promotes the use of Wikipedia in the classroom,  organizes edit-a-thons on campus and promotes Wikipedia events in the community.  This is an open group made of faculty, staff, and students of Fordham University. Founded in 1841, Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, is committed to the discovery of Wisdom and the transmission of Learning, through research and through undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality.

Monumental Women Monumental Women is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to placing the first statue honoring women’s history in New York City’s Central Park. With support from the New York City Parks Department and the Central Park Conservancy, our statue site will be on the northwest corner of the Literary Walk portion of The Mall, the widest pedestrian path in Central Park. The Women's Rights Pioneers monument will honor Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony their life-long work for women’s right to vote and the larger movement for women’s rights. Monumental Women is also working on a comprehensive education campaign that will contain information about many women who were a part of the nearly 80-year effort to get the Nineteenth Amendment passed, as well as developing additional statues and public recognition for women and people of color.

Wikimedia NYC is the regional Wikimedia chapter serving the New York metropolitan area. They help promote free access to the world's knowledge in support of Wikipedia and the other projects of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Event AgendaEdit

We encourage you to RSVP for the event, but you will also be able to register on site starting at 3:30 PM. Introductions and the primary training session to start at 4:00 PM. We will have a brief time take a group photo at 7:30 PM and time to share at 7:45 PM. The program will end at 8:00 PM with wrap up to begin 30 minutes before that.

How to prepareEdit

  • Bring your laptop: Editing Wikipedia is easier with a keyboard (if you don't have a laptop don't worry, we have reserved a computer lab on campus). Also see Access to the Fordham WiFi Network.
  • Task list we have prepared a task list for you of articles you can edit related to the Suffrage Movement but you are also welcome to work on your own article ideas. You will have access to the internet and Fordham's databases while on campus. If you like, bring an academic paper or other reliable source of information to cite, to support your addition to Wikipedia. You will use Wikipedia to distribute information from this source. Try to bring the highest quality most reputable source you can find for the information.
  • Create a Wikipedia account, if you do not have one already.
  • If you wish, take Wikipedia's own 30-minute online training and tour at The Wikipedia Adventure.

Welcome to the Edit-a-thon!Edit

Our mission for todayEdit

Thanks for coming today and participating in the #WomenHistory edit-a-thon to increase Wikipedia's coverage of women. Today's mission: Add at least one article, edit, image, or reference to Wikipedia.

Fordham Edit-a-thon Women's History 2019 Group Photo

Let’s begin:Edit

  1. Get your account/ create a username: Please don’t use your real name. It should be 6-8 characters. If you need help, please ask a Wikimedia coach
  2. Add your user name to today’s event
  3. Listen to the training or if you are editing from home or online head here for the basics overview. Head here for a simplified tutorial.
  4. Browse Editing Ideas below and choose a topic to edit (or if you already have one skip to the next step)
  5. Edit: in short - (1) click edit (2) add a sentence (3) provide a citation (4) repeat
  6. Ask for help: Don’t worry about perfection, the Wiki Coaches are here to help you.

Editing IdeasEdit

  • Citation Hunt This tool will locate snippets that are not backed by a reliable source, can you find one?

List of articles coming soon

Additional Resources

How to make a citationEdit

1) First, click on the pencil icon on the right to begin using "Visual Editor". Visual editor makes editing easier - like writing a school paper.

2) In Visual Editor, click on the area you want to add the citation. Then click cite. If you have a website as a source, add the website to the blank area.

If you do not have a website source, click manual and follow the prompts. Then click publish. If you have questions, ask a Wikimedia coach or go to Wikipedia:Tutorial/Citing sources.

3) Then click publish.

Relevant MediaEdit


--A21sauce (talk) 19:08, 2 March 2020 (UTC) I tried to register on the website, but since I am neither Fordham staff or faculty, the page wouldn't let me advance. thanks

External LinksEdit

Educators For Wikipedia at Fordham: Women's History