GLAM Cafe, Ada Lovelace Day, AIA Women in Architecture
October was a tremendously busy month, with WikiConference USA at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C. on October 9-11, 2015. Great job, everybody! The invited speakers were excellent, and there was lots of great discussion.
In Philadelphia, there were a number of events throughout the month. The GLAM Cafe at the Chemical Heritage Foundation was opportunely timed to occur on October 13, 2015, Ada Lovelace Day. We focused on editing women in science articles. Recent Women in Science/Women in Red articles have included Florence E. Wall, a cosmetics chemist, and Gladys W. Royal, an early African American chemist and inter-racial civil rights activist. We were delighted to welcome 2 new Wikipedians, in addition to regulars. We also enjoyed a special Ada Lovelace Day cake.
At the invitation of staff at the AIA Philadelphia Center for Architecture, we held an edit-a-thon as part of the Women in Architecture initiative, on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Ten people attended, five of whom were new editors, and 5 new articles were created. These included the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women (which had one of the earliest landscape architecture programs) and several women architects. Thanks go out to Karen Blanchard, Rebecca Esau, Alesa Rubendall and others who helped to organize and host this event. This was a great group to work with: people were engaged and knew what they wanted to achieve, and I hope we will be able to do more with them in future.
There was an edit-a-thon on each Monday in October at the Wikipedia Lab at the University of Washington Research Commons. The edit-a-thons focused on Women and Economics, Women and Astronomy, Women and Health Sciences, and Women and Technology.