Women Do News volunteers gathered in New York City to research, write, edit, and publish Wikipedia entries for prominent women journalists who did not have profiles. They gathered at the Luminary to build comradery and learn from each other to build momentum for Women Do News.

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

  • Database and digital pro? Women Do News needs your help! (We’re hiring a consultant.)

    Women Do News, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the digital profiles of female and nonbinary journalists online, has been mobilizing volunteers to increase the representation of women journalists on Wikipedia for the past two years. We organize edit-a-thons, host training sessions, speak at panels, and more by using a variety of technical tools to […]

  • Class Project: Addressing Gender Bias on Wikipedia

    Meg Heckman at Northeastern University writes about how her class worked with Women Do News: “Helping to create these entries was a bright spot in an otherwise difficult semester, but my students’ struggle to find source material was also a reminder that, as Eckert and Steiner (2013) put it, ‘The internet is not free of […]

  • Why we need more biographies of women journalists on Wikipedia

    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.

Learn more about gender bias on Wikipedia and in journalism

  • A 2021 Wikimedia Foundation report on inclusion

    The Wikimedia Foundation just released survey results on “awareness, trust, and feelings of representation that people have in our work and projects, including Wikipedia.” Here are some topline findings about women on Wikipedia: Women, across communities, are far more skeptical of Wikipedia’s support of social/equity movements. Black women and Hispanic women have the lowest engagement […]

  • Class Project: Addressing Gender Bias on Wikipedia

    Meg Heckman at Northeastern University writes about how her class worked with Women Do News: “Helping to create these entries was a bright spot in an otherwise difficult semester, but my students’ struggle to find source material was also a reminder that, as Eckert and Steiner (2013) put it, ‘The internet is not free of […]

  • Ms. Categorized: Gender, notability, and inequality on Wikipedia

    A study led by Francesca Tripodi 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.

Bookmark these resources and organizations

  • A 2021 Wikimedia Foundation report on inclusion

    The Wikimedia Foundation just released survey results on “awareness, trust, and feelings of representation that people have in our work and projects, including Wikipedia.” Here are some topline findings about women on Wikipedia: Women, across communities, are far more skeptical of Wikipedia’s support of social/equity movements. Black women and Hispanic women have the lowest engagement […]

  • Art + Feminism

    Art + Feminism is a big inspiration for Women Do News, but they have also created amazing resources to make it easy to learn to edit in Wikipedia. AND they put it in the public domain, which helped us get started in creating our program.

  • Women in Red

    Women in Red is a project that has been a huge inspiration and support for Women Do News. If you want to get involved in broader issues of gender parity on Wikipedia, start here.

  • Who Makes the News

    Who Makes the News is 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.

  • Gender bias on Wikipedia

    For the most up-to-date information and ideas about gender bias, see this 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 […]

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!