Wiki Loves Women/SheSaid

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SheSaid is part of the Wiki Loves Women initiative
Screenshot of the English Wikiquote on 2020-10-06. Aside from the alpha male displayed on home page, check out the people list and look for women...

The Wiki Loves Women initiative celebrates women leaders with the SheSaid drive. The drive is aimed at improving the visibility of women in creating new or improving already existing Wikiquote entries related to them.

First launched in October 2020, the #SheSaid campaign on Wikiquote has been an amazing success! Across 7 languages, by the 5th January 2021, it resulted overall in 867 new or improved articles (the majority new). Italian Wikiquote was the clear language winner (405 articles) with Ukraine (187) and French (106) coming not so close behind. This is an amazing result - thank you for getting women’s voices heard.

Given its first edition success and noting that there is still a lot to do, the #SheSaid drive will run again end of 2021.

Why the SheSaid campaign[edit]

To balance the representation of gender in the entries of Wikiquote.
To illustrate the situation, here are a few interesting figures

  • On the English Wikiquote main page on 6th of Oct 2020, in the Selected people section... 29 men are featured and only 4 women (check out the screenshot on the right...)
  • There are 233 women who have a featured article on either French or English Wikipedias... with no entry on the French Wikiquote check it out
  • There are 141 women featured article on the English Wikipedia with no wikiquote entry check it
  • There are 519 women listed on the French wikiquote check it and 3117 men listed check it out

Obviously, not all women said good quotes that would make a wikiquote entry worth it. Still...

Links to local wikiquotes portal pages[edit]

Links on Wikipedia

So what should I do to help ?[edit]

  1. First, please add your name below (optional but nice to see who is interested in helping :))
  2. Get to know Wikiquote better ?
  3. Use the postcards created in 2020
From October 2021 on (precise date not yet finalized)
  1. Give a bit of love to Wikiquote in the language of your liking. Check existing Wikiquote women entries and see if they might be improved. Or create new entries for notable women who produced notable quotes. Or add notable quotes from women in various entries.
  2. When you improve them, please add #SheSaid in the comment box so that we can see how much impact we make![1]
  3. We will officially launch the #SheSaid initiative some time in October 2021
  4. Relay the #SheSaid drive to your friends and community !

About Wikiquote[edit]

What is Wikiquote ?[edit]

This is one of the sister projects of Wikipedia. Wikiquote is a free compendium of quotations that is being written collaboratively by the readers. The site is a Wiki, meaning that anyone, including you, can edit any entry right now by clicking on the edit this page link that appears in every Wikiquote entry. There are 38,093 articles in English that are being worked on with many more entries pending other languages. It is also run by Wikimedia Foundation. Here is what Wikipedia says about Wikiquote.
If you are not familiar with Wikiquote, we suggest you start with a quick read of Welcome, newcomers page on Wikiquote.

Quotability rules[edit]

Not every quote belongs to Wikiquote. Please take the time to read the guidelines of Wikiquote. Those are considered important, or even essential, by the project's founders and participants. They help us to work towards our goal to create a free compendium of quotations--indeed, the largest compendium of quotations in history, in both breadth and depth. We also want Wikiquote to become a reliable resource.
Quotability determines whether a quote appears in Wikiquote. There is no absolute test for the inclusion of either a page or a specific quote. However, there are a number of factors to be weighed in determining whether either deserves a place in this compendium. The quotability rules of the English version may be found here :
We suggest you read the English guidelines whatever the version you contribute to, for inspiration, as they are the most detailed. But do not forget to check the relevant language quotability rules before contributing (e.g. in German, quotations have to be quoted by secondary source)!

How to link between projects[edit]

If you want to simply create a Wikiquote entry, or to improve a Wikiquote entry, that's fine.

Here are other things that you might want to do

  • If you want to link a Wikiquote page here on meta, please write a link here in the following way [[q:en:Women]] where Women is the name of the article you want to link to and en the language code.
  • If you want to link a Wikiquote page on Wikipedia, there are other cool options. Check out the women article for example. The text to add in the wikipedia article is {{Wikiquote-inline|Women}} and its addition must be done at the bottom of the article. But not all languages do it the same way. Check out in French....
  • Do not forget that if you create a Wikiquote entry, it is also interesting to add it in the relevant Wikidata entry

See also

Further elements that can help[edit]

Webinars of discovery[edit]

Slides presented by user:Camelia.boban during the webinar

We'll try to organise one or two webinars to introduce Wikiquote to new editors. If you are a Wikiquote editor and want to help, please contact Anthere (talk) or drop a message here :)

Here I am. I also suggest @Jaluj:'s presence from Spanish wikiquote. --Camelia (talk) 15:16, 3 November 2020 (UTC)
Great. So Camelia ! When do we organize this webinar about wikiquote ? When do you have free time ? this week-end perhaps ? @Camelia.boban:, @Jaluj:. I can set up a zoom and promote the event. Anthere (talk)
As soon as the webinar's date/time are set, I'd be glad to start promoting it via social media. --Rosiestep (talk) 17:36, 10 November 2020 (UTC)
I am very sorry but at this moment I don't have time.--Jalu (talk) 20:19, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

The doodle link to help identify the best spot :

The webinar to learn about Wikiquote will be hosted this SUNDAY 15th Nov at 6pm CET. Links to attend

We will be doing live using StreamYard!

Interesting joining the webinar :

Link to watch the webinar :

Access to the slides (en): File:WDG - Editing Wikiquote with SheSaid campaign.pdf

Access to the slides (it): File:WDG - Editare Wikiquote con la campagna -SheSaid.pdf

Share the #SheSaid postcards on social media and elsewhere[edit]

Link to the category: c:Category:Wiki Loves Women SheSaid

User boxes and barnstars[edit]

WLW logo puzzle piece.pngThis user is a member of Wiki Loves Women.

To add this template, paste the following code into your user page:

{{User Wiki Loves Women}}

The following is the Barnstar notice for the winners of the Wiki Loves Women #SheSaid

WLW Barnstar.pngThis editor was a wonderful help in the SheSaid campaign !

Outcomes of the first #sheSaid drive in 2020 !!![edit]

Figures collected on the 5th of January 2021 !

Links on Wikipedia

Interested ?[edit]

WLW Barnstar.png

Please add your name here, as well as any comment you want to make...

External media coverage[edit]


  1. We will use Wikimedia hashtag search to appreciate the impact :) Check it out if you do not know the tool...