The initial goal of the project was to create 100 new Wikipedia articles about women whose life or work was influenced in some way by religious and spiritual traditions. Many of these women have made valuable contributions in the church, community and wider Australian society, in diverse fields such as education, health, social welfare and philanthropy. Creating new Wikipedia articles also helps address the gender imbalance on Wikipedia where only about 18% of biographical articles are about women. The project has significantly expanded in scope since its inception and now incorporates a range of associated projects and activities. Please read on for news, achievements and ways that you can become involved.
– Kerrie Burn
- 665 women on the AWR list (up from 617 in May 2022)
- 158 new Wikipedia articles created to date (up from 129)
- 11 Did You Know articles have appeared on Wikipedia’s main page
- AWR Homepage
- AWR WikiProject Page – includes Wikidata-generated table of all women on the AWR list
- AWR Wikipedia Project Dashboard – collates data related to the project
- AWR Project video – part of larger panel presentation at Wikimania 2021
Kerrie Burn is the Library Manager at Mannix Library in East Melbourne. While primarily serving the needs of staff and students of Catholic Theological College, Mannix Library welcomes all members of the University of Divinity community. Kerrie manages the University’s online Library Hub, which was launched in February 2016.