Vote 100 and Wikipedia
Learn about contributions made at Vote 100 Wikipedia editing events at Edinburgh and sign-up for future sessions.
Scotland's suffragettes Wikipedia editing event
Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence, regularly runs Wikipedia editing events across the University's different campuses.
On Friday 30th November 2018, St. Andrew's Day, Ewan held a Vote 100 editathon at the Main Library. Key outcomes from this day included four brand new Wikipedia articles and three new drafts.
- Leah Leneman - pioneers of women's history in Scotland.
- Helen Wilkie - Scottish suffragette.
- Emily Rosaline Orme - noted campaigner for women's suffrage.
- Jane Clapperton - British philosopher, birth control pioneer, social reformer and suffragist.
- Lilias Maitland - one of the first women graduates from a Scottish University at the University of Edinburgh.
- Margaret Nairn - Scottish suffragist, was one of the first of eight women graduates from the University of Edinburgh in 1893.
- Christina Larner - British historian with pioneering studies about European witchcraft and Professor of Sociology at the University of Glasgow.
Sign-up for future editathons
If you'd like to help write and update Wikipedia articles (full training is normally provided) please check Ewan's blog for upcoming events .
Previous Wikipedia editing events
To celebrate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act (1918) gave some women the vote, Information Services held three #Vote100 Wikipedia editing events earlier this year.
34 brand new biography articles were published on Wikipedia about Scotland’s suffragettes and the Eagle House suffragettes, along with 220 improved pages and items of data so people can discover all about their lives and contributions.
Scottish suffragettes biography articles
New pages on Maude Edwards slashing the portrait of King George V at the Royal Scottish Academy and her defiance at trial; the force-feeding of Frances Gordon and Arabella Scott at Perth Prison by the doctor who was “emotionally hooked” to Arabella Scott and offered to escort her to Canada. The attempted arson conducted by pioneer doctor Dorothea Chalmers Smith, the Aberdonian suffragette & organiser, Caroline Phillips, being sacked by telegram by Christabel Pankhurst, and the “energetic little woman from Stranraer” Jane Taylour who was a firebrand lecturer on Women’s Suffrage touring up and down Scotland and England.
Eagle House biography articles
Eagle House (suffragette’s rest) became an important refuge for suffragettes who had been released from Holloway prison after hunger strikes. Many major people from the suffragette movement were invited to stay at Eagle house and to plant a tree to celebrate a prison sentence — at least 47 trees were planted between April 1909 and July 1911, including Emmeline Pankhurst, Christabel Pankhurst, Annie Kenney, Charlotte Despard, Millicent Fawcett and Lady Lytton.
- Charlotte Despard
- Millicent Fawcett
- Annie Kenney
- Lady Lytton
- Emmeline Pankhurst
- Christabel Pankhurst