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We will be adding a list of articles that need to be expanded, created, translated, or re-written here on the day of the event. You don't need to write a whole article, even the smallest changes can really improve an article's quality and reach. Adding references, links to other Wikipedia articles, and pictures from Wikimedia Commons to articles makes a big difference to Wikipedia.

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Go to any Wikipedia page, for example the main English Wikipedia page.

Find the link to ‘Create account’ on the TOP RIGHT. It’s as easy as that!

A ‘Help improve Wikipedia’ pop-up will show in the middle of the screen which you can ignore by clicking ‘No thanks, maybe later’.

Before You Start...

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Know the rules

Make sure you provide enough citations and follow the Notability Criteria (The woman should be notable in the sense that she should have multiple sources online that you can cite) OR it could be nominated for deletion.

  • Write from a neutral point of view. Do not write opinions which cannot be verified.
  • Conflict of interest: Avoid editing articles about your employer or a family member.
  • Use secondary sources rather than original research. You should look to summarise others’ ideas.
  • Use reliable sources: When you state a fact, back it up with a citation from a credible source.
  • Copyright: All content on Wikipedia is on open licensed, meaning it’s free to reuse. Avoid quoting long passages from copyrighted works or uploading copyrighted photos.
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Visual editor

To create a new page: Click on the link called ‘Sandbox’ on the bar on the TOP RIGHT. Click on ‘Switch to Visual Editor’. Click ‘Edit’ and start writing.

Don’t forget to make a ‘Summary’ at the top of the woman you are adding before you begin the subcategories about her i.e. Early life, Personal life, Education etc.

To edit a page that already exists: Go to the page you want to edit. When you are logged in, you will see an ‘Edit’ button above any page on the top right.

(If you accidentally switch to the Source Editor you can click the Pen symbol on the RIGHT of the tool bar. This changes it back to the Visual Editor.)

At the top of the page you’ll see a tool bar, which gives you options to change the font and size of the text.

To create new subcategories, click ‘Paragraph’ under the drop down menu.

To add an image: Just click the ‘Insert’ tab on the Tool Bar and click ‘Media’ in order to add images. If you can’t find an image for the woman then you would then need to find an open license photo on the Internet.

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Get writing!

Write a sentence about the woman that you have read on a research article/ web site and then make sure you cite your source by clicking ‘Cite’ tab in the tool bar and pasting your URL. Click Insert.

Top tips: If you want to do minor edits to a page which already exists, you can edit the page directly.

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Publish your work

Once you’re done with a sentence, DON’T forget to click SAVE PAGE on the Top Right Corner.

Then write a quick description of what you just added. After clicking on ‘Save Page’ again your page is then submitted for review.

Please Note: You will to this for every change you make.

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Resources from the BBC

Resources from the BBC


See below lists of women from the BBC 100 Women years, current to previous. We have provided sources for some of the women and suggestions for articles to improve.

Do I need to write a whole new article? No, in fact in some cases it's better that you find other ways to add these people to Wikipedia. Look for related articles, such as events, organisations, professions or subjects the person is connected to, where they may be referenced as an example or their achievements can be added.

Copy, copy, copy. Use previous formats, ideas, structures and to shape your contributions. Look for similar articles or examples to follow, that way you don't have to re-invent the wheel.

Not everyone can get onto Wikipedia. Sometimes if you can't find enough good sources, a subject might not be ready for an article.

Or there is a consolidated list here from the Women in Red project, with some other links and sources.

Beyond 100 Women. There are thousands of women missing from Wikipedia. Women in Red aims to correct that. Here is a comprehensive list of women by profession, country or continent who need articles, some of which have references which can be used to create those articles.

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