We are proud to have held two Wikipedia Edit-a-thons to increase the online representation of women working in health and medical research.
Did you know that there is a serious gender bias on Wikipedia, one of the world’s most-visited websites? Only 19% of the people profiled on Wikipedia are women. This means that many talented women (and their work) are not getting the recognition they deserve, as well as critically skewing perceptions about the contributions that women make to society.
Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are a wonderful (and fun!) way to combat this bias and make the internet just that little bit better.
Together, our Wikipedia Edit-a-thons have made a huge impact:
… and counting!
The impact of Edit-a-thons goes well beyond the day as participants put their new skills to use and are empowered to continue contributing to Wikipedia well into the future.
*Metrics collected end of April 2022
As partners of Franklin Women, AbbVie is proud to have sponsored these events
Thank you to Wikimedia Australia for their ongoing support of our Edit-a-thons
Want to get involved?
“Marie Curie is one of the most famous women in science. But her first page on Wikipedia was shared with her husband — until someone pointed out that, perhaps, her scientific contributions were notable enough to warrant her own biography.”
– Jess Wade and Maryam Zaringhalam
Editing Wikipedia might sound daunting but the platform is designed so that anyone can contribute, and you can do this in many different ways – from improving the quality of existing articles to adding a whole new page, it all makes a difference!
We have put together a number of practical resources to help you get started:
- Our ‘How to Edit Wikipedia’ Cheat Sheet
- Annotated Wiki page to use as an example (Prof Anne Kelso’s no less)
- Our 2022 Edit-a-thon Project Page on Wikipedia, which takes you through how to set up your account, provides a list of women from our sector who you can add or improve pages for, plus many other useful links and support groups
Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are a global movement working to address the gender bias on Wikipedia. For more ways to get involved, check out our infographic below.