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Digitizing Women's Suffrage: Wikipedia Editathon: Suffrage & Civil Rights Activism

What is Suffrage?

Suffrage: The right to vote

The Women's Suffrage movement in the United States succeeded in getting the 19th Amendment ratified. The amendment states that: 

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

-US Constitution


For more information about voting rights for black women, who are often disenfranchised even now, read this National Parks Service essay, Between  Two Worlds: Black Women and the Fight for Voting Rights.



When: March 31st


On the day of the event, or prior, visit our Dashboard to sign up, find resources, and get started!

Time: 10AM-4PM

Wikipedia 101

1. Create an account
2. Add your name to the Sign Up and Guest List
3. Make sure you know how to edit Wikpedia pages
4. Pick a topic to work on 
5. Look at ideas for what to edit on Wikipedia articles
6. Watch a video if you get stuck

What makes an article good? Here are some criteria from Wikipedia:

  1. Well written: the prose is clear and concise, and the spelling and grammar are correct; and it complies with the manual of style guidelines for lead sections, layout, words to watch, fiction, and list incorporation.

  2. Verifiable with no original research:it contains a list of all references (sources of information), presented in accordance with the layout style guideline; all inline citations are from reliable sources, including those for direct quotations, statistics, published opinion, counter-intuitive or controversial statements that are challenged or likely to be challenged, and contentious material relating to living persons—science-based articles should follow the scientific citation guidelines; t contains no original research; and it contains no copyright violations nor plagiarism.

  3. Broad in its coverage: it addresses the main aspects of the topic; and it stays focused on the topic without going into unnecessary detail (see summary style).

  4. Neutral: it represents viewpoints fairly and without editorial bias, giving due weight to each.

  5. Stable: it does not change significantly from day to day because of an ongoing edit war or content dispute.

  6. Illustrated, if possible, by media such as images, video, or audio: media are tagged with their copyright statuses, and valid fair use rationales are provided for non-free content; and media are relevant to the topic, and have suitable captions.


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Read about the gender gap on Wikipedia.