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Report on the Global Women Write-In #GWWI, Friday April 26 (Rewriting Wikipedia Project)

By Roopika Risam and Adeline Koh

The Rewriting Wikipedia Project is proud to declare that Friday’s event was a success! As a result of the Global Women Write-In (#GWWI), 18 pages/stubs were created, and 17 pages were improved upon. If you haven’t added your outcomes yet, please add them here.

Some highlights: GWWI participants created pages for Karen Lord, a Caribbean science fiction and fantasy author; Budhan Theater, a group comprised of “criminal” tribal people in Ahmedabad, Gujurat; the novel Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor, on a post-apocalyptic future of the Sudan; and the Francophone author and literary critic Frieda Ekotto. Improvements include pages on Ana Castillo, a Mexican-American Chicana novelist; Aya of Yop City, a series of comic strip albums set in Côte d’Ivoire; and Nikki Seung-hee Lee, a Korean-American artist and filmmaker.

Two of our participants, Paige Morgan (@paigecmorgan) and Michael Widner (@mwidner) were thrilled when Karen Lord herself tweeted a thank you for their #GWWI work.

The Rewriting Wikipedia Project was also featured in the International Business Times.

We encourage you to take a look at our results and to help improve our entries and contributions. Our goal is to create high-quality entries that will stick in Wikipedia by meeting its editing rules and conventions.

A Storify of the #GWWI proceedings is located at the end of this article.


Participated in the Global Women Wikipedia Write-In? Committed to making editing wikipedia part of your ongoing commitment to public scholarship? The Rewriting Wikipedia Project is soliciting participants for a WikiProject on increasing the presence of women of color from around the world on Wikipedia.

A WikiProject is a group of editors committed to working as a team to improve the quality and quantity of articles on a specific subject. Through a WikiProject, we can coordinate resources and facilitate the writing and editing of articles within our chosen category. Learn more about WikiProjects here. If you are interested in joining us for a WikiProject please contact Roopika Risam (rrisam at gmail dot com) or Adeline Koh (adelinekoh at gmail dot com).


Given the success of the Global Women Wikipedia Write-In, we will be hosting Rewriting Wikipedia Project Write-in Days (hashtag #RWP) once each semester (tentatively: in October and February). To accommodate participants from around the world, we are designating these events write-in days rather than finite events with specific times. We will, however, establish a time period during which we will be available and actively participating.


We welcome groups or individuals to partner with us when we host the write-ins. If you partner with us, we can share the work of advertising for the write-in, supporting participants at different times during the day of the write-in, and building greater support for the project. We ask potential partners to keep in mind the mission of the Rewriting Wikipedia Project: to increase the quality and quantity of articles on ethnic/minority and marginalized peoples on Wikipedia.

Please stay tuned for specific details on partnering with the Rewriting Wikipedia Project, coming soon! Feel free to contact Roopika Risam (rrisam at gmail dot com) or Adeline Koh (adelinekoh at gmail dot com) to discuss partnering further. We also can be found on Twitter at @roopikarisam and @adelinekoh.

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The Global Women Wikipedia Write-In by The Rewriting Wikipedia Project: April 26, 2013, 1-3pm EST

by Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam


As part of the Rewriting Wikipedia Project, we will be hosting the Global Women Write-In (#GWWI) virtually on April 26, 2013 from 1-3pm EST. This globally oriented project  encourages editors to add more entries and information on women around the world to Wikipedia, since entries on individuals from these groups are often missing or neglected.

While Wikipedia has increasingly taken on the role of most commonly referenced encyclopedia, the number and length of entries on ethnic/minority and marginalized people around the world are lacking. This is arguably the result of the internalized biases and interests of most Wikipedia editors. According to the Wikimedia Wikipedia’s Editor’s Survey of 2011, “If there is a typical Wikipedia editor, he has a college degree, is 30-years-old, is computer savvy but not necessarily a programmer, doesn’t actually spend much time playing games, and lives in US or Europe.” As a result, we also aim to encourage new people to become Wikipedia editors to diversify the profile of Wikipedia editors, and we provide support for these editors and develop best practices for rewriting Wikipedia.

The Rewriting Wikipedia Project is a working group within GO:DH that works in conjunction with the Postcolonial Digital Humanities (#dhpoco) movement to increase the number of and improve existing entries on marginalized peoples and cultures. The Rewriting Wikipedia Project argues that editing Wikipedia is one of the most important projects for global activists because Wikipedia is a commonly referenced source of information riddled with incomplete or missing entries on people from marginalized groups. Yet, anyone can edit Wikipedia, so this openness represents tremendous opportunity to help shape global forms of knowledge.

The write-in will be the first of a series of events sponsored by the Rewriting Wikipedia Project addressing inequalities in Wikipedia, and it builds on the success of the #TooFEW Feminists Engage Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in March.

How can you participate?

  1. Contribute to the list of  Wikipedia entries that we should edit or improve. Add your ideas to the working list here, or in the comments below. You can find ‘stub’ articles — those that have been marked as needing further information – by searching various categories.

  2. Sign up for a Wikipedia account (we recommend using a pseudonym).

  3. Watch this video to learn just how to edit Wikipedia. Be sure to set aside some time for this video. It’s an hour long, and we recommend clicking on FLASH – it tends to play better that way. If you don’t have time to do this, join the hashtag on Twitter or our designated chatroom.

  4. Review our resources for writing Wikipedia entries that stick and our useful links.

  5. Don’t want to write? Add images to feminist articles. Here is the image use policy for Wikipedia.

  6. Track our work and tweet your own using the hashtag #GWWI.

  7. Join us on Friday, April 26th from your own computer!

Expand the Project

  • Teachers – Do your students need extra credit? Can Rewriting Wikipedia become a class project?

  • Students – Are you learning about some really cool people in POC/Trans*/Queer/Women’s History who don’t have wiki pages or have pages with incorrect information? You can fix that!

  • Friends – Do you know other folks who should know about our work? Please send this link to activists, faculty or others who might be interested in participating. Everyone is welcome!

  • Organizations – Do you know organizations that have information on different communities, histories, or projects that should be added to Wikipedia?

  • Too swamped to edit right now but want to contribute? Add your idea to our list.

Additional Resources

** Credits go to Jacqueline Wernimont and Moya Bailey, Fiona Barnett and Amanda Starling Gould for some of the copy above.

**Wikipedia image remixed from original image from Octavio Rojas on Flickr.

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