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

  • 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.

  • We’ve won a rapid grant from Wikimedia!

    In September, 2021 we won our first grant of $2,000. It’s a rapid grant from the Wikimedia Foundation, given in part because of your endorsements! So we’re ready to get planning. Want to get involved in our 2022 schedule? Sign up for our emails to find our how to host and edit-a-thon or add us […]

Learn more about gender bias on Wikipedia and in journalism

  • 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.

  • Visualize women journalists on Wikipedia

    Board member Andrew Lih created a quick visualization of the women in Wikidata that are flagged as being part of WikiProject Women Do News, showing their occupation, schooling and employer to see if there were some patterns. Check it out!

Bookmark these resources and organizations

  • 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!