The lack of women journalists on Wikipedia is sometimes shocking. Among entries, the Women Do News network has added so far are women who are pioneers for Asian Americans (like Lori Matsukawa), who covered high-profile trials for 50 years (like Linda Deutsch), and who were the first women editors in their newsrooms (like Betsy Wade). They have won Emmys and Murrows (like Tonya Mosley) and Pulitzers (like Lisa Song) — but unlike men with similar credentials, they couldn’t get that coveted prize of a Wikipedia page! That’s where we come in as volunteers and trainers and organizers.
- We write and edit entries to add to Wikipedia.
- We identify women who deserve more recognition and work to get citations to build their profiles so they can get well-cited entries on Wikipedia.
- We hold Edit-a-Thons and workshops to build the roster, edit entries and teach others how to contribute to the work.
More places to read about Women Do News
Why we need more biographies of women journalists on Wikipedia, Sept. 23, 2021
Board member Jareen Imam joined Hacks/Hackers London to talk about our work and how Wikipedia can affect the safety and credibility of women journalists. Journalism.co.uk reported on the event.
Can + Will Strategic Leadership with Angilee Shah, July 28, 2021
Our board chair joined Take The Lead to talk about different forms of leadership and the genesis of Women Do News.
Making sure Wikipedia shows that Women Do News, March 18, 2021
Co-founders Jareen Imam and Angilee Shah appear on the It’s All Journalism podcast to talk about the mission of Women Do News.
Poynter’s The Cohort, March 2, 2021
Our board chair Angilee Shah highlights why an all-volunteer organization like Women Do News is fit to respond to the inequities on Wikipedia.
Learn more about gender bias on Wikipedia and in journalism
Ms. Categorized: Gender, notability, and inequality on Wikipedia, Francesca Tripodi, June 27, 2021
A study in the journal New Media & Society finds that 19% of Wikipedia’s 1.5 million biographies are about women. Edit-a-thons help address the problem but there are issues to explore about who should be considered notable for Wikipedia. For the shorter version, hear Tripodi on NPR.
Gender bias on Wikipedia, a Wikipedia article on the subject
“Gender bias on Wikipedia, also known as the Wikipedia gender gap, refers to the fact that Wikipedia contributors are mostly male, that relatively few biographies on Wikipedia are about women, and that topics of interest to women are less well-covered.”
A knowledge, information and resource portal on media, gender and other axes of discrimination. It hosts the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), the world’s largest and longest running research and advocacy initiative that seeks to advance gender equality in and through the news media.
Join the movement
Sign up to tell us who you think needs to be recognized on Wikipedia. We’ll send you the form to make a nomination and also introduce you to women who do news once a week. You’ll also get links to assignments and instructions about how to add or edit articles!