Women in Religion User Group

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Women in Religion User Group[edit]

Mission Statement[edit]

User Group Women in Religion, originally a project of the Women's Caucus of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature, and an offshoot of the Wikiproject seeks to create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives of cis and transgender women scholars, activists, and practitioners in the world's religious, spiritual, and wisdom traditions. We seek to write women back into history, especially those who have made an impact in their faith and religious communities.


We are a diverse group of people of faith, agnostics, and atheists, from a variety of traditions and belief systems who are committed to closing information gaps that have affected cis and transgender women scholars, activists, and practitioners in the world's religious, spiritual, and wisdom traditions, especially in Wikipedia.


  • We believe in the power of faith and religious traditions to heal, empower, and unite.
  • We are a community of feminists and activists who believe that faith and religious traditions should elevate women and challenge oppressive systems.
  • We believe in creating caring, equitable, transformative, and safe spaces open and welcome to all faiths and traditions.
  • We are committed to drawing attention to the great women who have led us all, throughout history, in providing examples and models of what it means to be people of faith and insisting upon having agency and control of their own bodies despite great challenges and obstacles, and often at the expense of their own lives.

Goals and objectives[edit]

  • We seek to leverage the Wikipedia guidelines such as those about notability and reliable sources that seem to discourage the creation of high-quality articles about women religious.[1]
  • We seek to mitigate and address the gender gap and the systemic bias that has led to the under-representation of women from the world's religious, spiritual, and wisdom traditions on Wikimedia platforms.
  • We will create lists of red links, like those created by our member librarians, of women religious who are underrepresented on Wikipedia.
  • We will create Wikipedia biographies for cisgender and transgender women who have significantly contributed to the world's religious, spiritual, and wisdom traditions, but are unrecognized for their accomplishments.
  • We will expand information about notable women in religion on other Wikimedia platforms. For example, we will add data about women in religion to Wikidata, both expanding information for women who have a Wikidata entry, and adding women who do not yet have an entry and contribute images related to under-represented women in religion to Wikimedia Commons.


  • We organize edit-a-thons, both virtual and in person, including a monthly online gathering, to offer opportunities for people to learn about the 1000 Women in Religion Wikiproject and to develop editing skills.
  • We will meet regularly to strategize about writing women religious back into history, both on Wikipedia and in other secondary and tertiary sources. We will conduct regular meetups and edit-athons to help each other develop and grow as activists, writers, and Wikipedia editors.
  • We will add new content to Wikipedia and promote it through the DYK feature and social media.
  • We will collaborate with Wikipedians in Australia to organize, promote, and improve our offshoot project, Australian Women in Religion.
  • We will partner with ATLA and other publishers to publish a Women in Religion series of monographs, open source online volumes that feature biographies of women in religion. As of August 2021, one volume has been published, two are in production and two are in development.
  • We will work with other Wikimedia projects and Wikiprojects to collaborate and make the wider world a better, equitable, and more accepting place.

Upcoming events[edit]

Monthly virtual edit-a-thons[edit]

When: Held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 4 pm CST
Where: Zoom meeting
Contact: For more information, contact User:PMCH2

Next sessions

  • Monday, October 10, 2022, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Monday, November 14, 2022, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. CST

Monthly virtual editing session for Africa, Europe and India[edit]

When: Held on the 3nd Monday of each month at 10AM CT
Where: Zoom meeting
Contact: For more information, contact User:PMCH2 or RosPost (talk)

Next sessions

  • Monday, October 17, 2022, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. CT
  • Monday, November 21, 2022, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. CT
  • Monday, December 19, 2022, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. CT

Monthly planning sessions[edit]

When: Held on the 4th Thursday of each month. Time varies to accommodate global time zones.
Where: Zoom meeting
Contact: For more information, contact User:Figureskatingfan

Next meetings

  • Thursday, September 22, 2022, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. CST

Contact information[edit]

Colleen Hartung, @dzingle1

Interested in participating[edit]

Please add your name below if you're interested in participating in User Group Women in Religion. You can also visit the Wikiproject page for more information about how to join us in our goals and objectives. You must have a registered Wikimedia account for more than six months and have 300 or more contributions to a Wikimedia project to be a user group member. If you don't yet meet the requirements but are committed to participating, you can still sign up; just state in parenthesis that you're working on your eligibility (i.e., I'm still building up my edit count).


  1. Hartung, Colleen D. (2020). "Leveraging Notability: Defining, Critiquing and Strategically Engaging a Wikipedia Guideline," p. v in Colleen D. Hartung (ed.), Claiming Notability for Women Activists in Religion Women in Religion. Atla Open Press.

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