Australian women are playing a major role in a global effort to increase the number of biographical entries about religious women on Wikipedia.
Eternity News reports that currently, less than 20 percent of Wikipedia’s biographical entries are about women,and less than 10 per cent of its editors are women.
In response, The University of Divinity in Melbourne is taking part in a global project called 1000 Women in Religion.
The project is being coordinated by the Women’s Caucus of the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Biblical Literature.
The aim is to add 1000 biographies of religious, spiritual and wisdom women to the online encyclopedia.
The Aussie contribution has been called The Australian Women in Religion Project [and is being coordinated by university librarian Kerrie Burn.]
The aim is to create and edit 100 biographies about Australian women in religion by the end of this year.
[So far, the team of four regular contributors have created 54 entries, averaging around one article per week.]