Newnham holds “Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” for International Women’s Day

Matt Gurtler 9 March 2017

On International Women's Day, Wednesday 8 March, Newnham College hosted a so-called "Wikipedia Edit-a-thon" with a view to raising the online profiles of notable women.

There are many notable women of history and of modern society who do not have Wikipedia profiles and over 70 people from across Cambridge, from University staff to schoolchildren, gathered in Newnham from 12pm-6pm to create these Wikipedia pages. Each person chose a woman of note and was then tasked with creating or updating the Wikipedia entry for them.

Speaking to Cambridge News, Newnham College's principal, Dame Carol Black, said "We wanted to do our bit to help close the gender gap because we know from experience as a women’s college how many eminent and talented women there are in the world".

The event was part of Wikipedia's "Women in Red" campaign, which seeks to create a page for all notable women. The campaign bears that name as when a person without their own profile is mentioned on Wikipedia, their name appears in red.