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Electrifying Women: a Wikithon

Hosted by the LSE Library

The Women's Library Reading Room, LSE Library, United Kingdom

Join the Women’s Engineering Society, University of Leeds and Heritage Open Days at The Women’s Library to edit and add information about historical women engineers to Wikipedia. Training and historical resources (including suggested women engineers) will be provided. 

WES are working with Heritage Open Days (HODS) and the Electrifying Women project (University of Leeds / Science Museum) to run this event for the celebrated Women’s Library. Training will be delivered by inspiring Wellcome Wikimedian, Dr. Alice White. We can help you to develop your digital skills and learn how to edit Wikipedia in order to harness the power of the web. Complete beginners and experienced editors are both welcome to attend - we'll provide training for anyone new to editing.

WARNING: Editing Wikipedia can become addictive... and it's FREE!

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is celebrating its centenary in 2019 – one hundred years of women forging careers in the field of engineering. We have created an ever growing WES Centenary Trail map that uses Wikipedia and Wikidata pages to illustrate the number and variety of women who have left a legacy of achievement in the field of engineering. By creating and improving the Wikipedia entries of inspirational historical women engineers you can help to really put them on the map!

Don’t worry if the idea of creating a whole new page sounds daunting. Some of the most valuable work is done by people adding new information and improving data. On the day we will also be demonstrating how working with Wikidata can make women’s history more searchable and accessible.

Take a look at @WESCentenary or @ElectrifyingWmn on Twitter or @wes_centenary on Instagram to learn more about some of the brilliant women engineers who don’t have a Wikipedia page … yet. Or perhaps be inspired to add one of the Extraordinary Women nominated for Heritage Open Days’ special Wall of Women.

Find out more about Heritage Open Days at  or @heritageopenday on Twitter and @heritageopendays on Instagram

The WES Centenary Trail is funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Electrifying Women is funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science (@LSELibrary) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

Follow the debate on Twitter: #LSEWomenWork.

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