Women in Religion User Group

Women in Religion User Group edit

Mission Statement edit

User Group Women in Religion, originally a project of the Women's Caucus of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature, and an offshoot of the Wikiproject seeks to create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives of cis and transgender women scholars, activists, and practitioners in the world's religious, spiritual, and wisdom traditions. We seek to write women back into history, especially those who have made an impact in their faith and religious communities.

Vision edit

We are a diverse group of people of faith, agnostics, and atheists, from a variety of traditions and belief systems who are committed to closing information gaps that have affected cis and transgender women scholars, activists, and practitioners in the world's religious, spiritual, and wisdom traditions, especially in Wikipedia.

Values edit

  • We believe in the power of faith and religious traditions to heal, empower, and unite.
  • We are a community of feminists and activists who believe that faith and religious traditions should elevate women and challenge oppressive systems.
  • We believe in creating caring, equitable, transformative, and safe spaces open and welcome to all faiths and traditions.
  • We are committed to drawing attention to the great women who have led us all, throughout history, in providing examples and models of what it means to be people of faith and insisting upon having agency and control of their own bodies despite great challenges and obstacles, and often at the expense of their own lives.

Goals and objectives edit

  • We seek to leverage the Wikipedia guidelines such as those about notability and reliable sources that seem to discourage the creation of high-quality articles about women religious.[1]
  • We seek to mitigate and address the gender gap and the systemic bias that has led to the under-representation of women from the world's religious, spiritual, and wisdom traditions on Wikimedia platforms.
  • We will create lists of red links, like those created by our member librarians, of women religious who are underrepresented on Wikipedia.
  • We will create Wikipedia biographies for cisgender and transgender women who have significantly contributed to the world's religious, spiritual, and wisdom traditions, but are unrecognized for their accomplishments.
  • We will expand information about notable women in religion on other Wikimedia platforms. For example, we will add data about women in religion to Wikidata, both expanding information for women who have a Wikidata entry, and adding women who do not yet have an entry and contribute images related to under-represented women in religion to Wikimedia Commons.

Activities edit

  • We organize edit-a-thons, both virtual and in person, including a monthly online gathering, to offer opportunities for people to learn about the Women in Religion Wikiproject and to develop editing skills.
  • We will meet regularly to strategize about writing women religious back into history, both on Wikipedia and in other secondary and tertiary sources. We will conduct regular meetups and edit-athons to help each other develop and grow as activists, writers, and Wikipedia editors.
  • We will add new content to Wikipedia and promote it through the DYK feature and social media.
  • We will partner with publishers to create a Women in Religion series of monographs, open source online volumes that feature biographies of women in religion. As of January 2024, three volumes have been published, and one more is in development.
  • We will work with other Wikimedia projects and Wikiprojects to collaborate and make the wider world a better, equitable, and more accepting place.

Upcoming events edit

Monthly virtual edit-a-thons edit

When: Held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 4 pm CST
Where: Zoom meeting
Contact: For more information, contact User:Dzingle1

Monthly virtual editing session for Africa, Europe and India edit

Suspended for now Contact: For more information, contact RosPost (talk)

Monthly planning sessions edit

When: Held on the 4th Thursday of each month. Time varies to accommodate global time zones.
Where: Zoom meeting
Contact: For more information, contact User:Figureskatingfan

Contact information edit

Colleen Hartung, @dzingle1

Interested in participating edit

Please add your name below if you're interested in participating in User Group Women in Religion. You can also visit the Wikiproject page for more information about how to join us in our goals and objectives. You must have a registered Wikimedia account for more than six months and have 300 or more contributions to a Wikimedia project to be a user group member. If you don't yet meet the requirements but are committed to participating, you can still sign up; just state in parenthesis that you're working on your eligibility (i.e., I'm still building up my edit count).

Yearly reports edit

Monthly planning sessions edit

As of January 2024, we will post the minutes from our monthly sessions. If you'd like to see minutes from previous meetings, please contact User:Figureskatingfan. Note: All participants are designed by their initials, in order to protect their anonymity and privacy.

2024 edit

References edit

  1. Hartung, Colleen D. (2020). "Leveraging Notability: Defining, Critiquing and Strategically Engaging a Wikipedia Guideline," p. v in Colleen D. Hartung (ed.), Claiming Notability for Women Activists in Religion Women in Religion. Atla Open Press.

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