On 12 November 1918 in Germany
the Council of the People's Deputies proclaimed universal suffrage for all women and men 20 years and older. In celebration of this anniversary we organized a series of edit-a-thons in Germany focusing on women’s suffrage. The edit-a-thons in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Potsdam were associated with relevant events (special exhibition on women’s suffrage in Germany at the Historical Museum in Frankfurt) or dates – the anniversaries of commencement of electoral law on 30 November 1918 and of the first federal election in which women were allowed to vote on 19 January 1919.
With nearly 100 participants the series was a big success. More than 100 new articles around the topic women’s suffrage have been written. More than 70 existing articles have been improved. Especially notable is the List of states by year women’s suffrage was introduced which summarizes the information comprehensively and by consistent criteria. But this is not all. Women’s suffrage was a topic in many Wikipedia areas like Selected anniversaries, Did you know..., cleanup template competition and others. Last but not least, the Historical Museum Frankfurt together with the Archive of German Women's Movement provided Commons nearly 400 photos of objects related to the German women’s movement.
It is planned to continue the edit-a-thon series. Furthermore, as a result in Stuttgart a monthly workshop series on women in politics was established.
The poster will describe the special features of the series and its success points.
Leserättin (Leseraettin@wikipedia.de) & IvaBerlin (IvaBerlin@wikipedia.de)
Wikipedia pages: Wikipedia:GLAM/100 Jahre Frauenwahlrecht, Wikipedia:Stuttgart/Frauen in der Politik