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How to Edit Wikipedia - Women of Wikipedia Editathons

Information and resources relevant to the Women on Wikipedia Edit-a-thon hosted annually by Emory Libraries

Welcome to the Women of Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

Join us for the sixth annual: 

Women of Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm, virtual

Register here for the edit-a-thon!

(Zoom link will be emailed to registrants)

This event is free and open to the public. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to participate. 

Use this guide to help you get started as you contribute to how women are represented on Wikipedia!

What is the DASHBOARD? Track your impact

A Wikipedia Dashboard is a tool that allows users to sign-in to a Wikipedia program or event. Once you log into the program, all edits you make on Wikipedia will be tracked and attributed to our April 21st Emory event, giving everyone a clear picture of our editing efforts.

DASHBOARD for Emory University Women of Wikipedia Editathon 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 3-5 pm, Virtual (Zoom link will be emailed to registrants)

Wikipedia editors facts

Did you know? 

  • 16.1% of Wikipedia editors are female (overall) 
  • 22.7% of U.S. Wikipedia editors are female 
  • Family, relationships, and gender are mentioned far more in articles about women vs. men 

This event is held in honor of Women's History Month. Our goal is to build the body of knowledge about women on Wikipedia, while also getting more women interested in editing entries today and in the future. 


  • Be bold! You will learn to edit Wikipedia best by DOING. Make good faith edits and do not worry about making mistakes. Nothing is lost on Wikipedia, and anything can be undone. 
  • Respect your fellow Wikipedians! Be kind to those whose work you edit and to those who edit your work. Others will edit what you write. Do not take it personally. 
  • Keep an open mind. 
  • All edits should be explained in your edit summary or in a discussion on the talk page for the article. Big changes to an article should take place according to consensus reached in a discussion on the talk page. The talk page can give insight into the history and evolution of the article. 

Start here!

Basic Steps for participation: 

  1. Create a Wikipedia account (optional) 
  2. Add username to dashboard (optional) 
  3. Learn to Edit 
  4. Pick an article 
  5. Research 
  6. Start Editing! 
  1. Create a Wikipedia Account 

While you do not need to create an account to edit Wikipedia, having one allows you to track your contributions, "watch" articles of interest, and take ownership of your work. 

If you prefer not to have an account, your IP address will be automatically recorded for edits. 


Step 1: Open Wikipedia's English-language homepage: and click "Create account" at the top right corner of the page.

Step 2: Choose your username and password. Think carefully about your username and password: 

  • Your username will be tied to each edit that you make and is publicly-visible in a page's edit history

  • Your password should be strong and unique for optimum security

  • Note: You do not need to provide an email address (it will never be publicly displayed), but an email address is helpful for potential password recovery in the future