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The Australian Women in Religion Edit-a-thon in March 2021

Less than 20% of entries on Wikipedia are about women and less than 10% of editors are women.

The 1000 Women in Religion Project is a major initiative of the Women’s Caucus of the American Academy of Religion, aiming to address the gender imbalance one article and one edit at a time.

Australian Women in Religion Project

Wikimedia Australia has partnered with the University of Divinity on the Australian Women in Religion Project being spearheaded by Kerrie Burn. She has been tirelessly collecting, sorting and uploading data, as well as editing and creating articles about Australian women.


Articles Created

The project so far has developed 39 articles, with an average of four extra now being created every week. The goal is to create 100 new articles this year, from the current list of approximately 450 historical and contemporary women. This includes an article listing the first women ordained as priests in the Anglican Church of Australia in 1992.


Kerrie Burn

Project Coordinator since its inception in 2029, Kerrie initiated the Australian Women in Religion WikiProject and has continued to lead this initiative.

Linda Pascal

Wikimedia Australia supported University of Divinity to host, Linda Pascal as Wikipedian in Residence to add content to Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikisource, as part of our Partner Projects in 2023.

As a result of this partner project, the names of several organisations and publications associated with early Christian feminism in Australia have also been added to the Australian Women in Religion List.

Australian Wikimedia Community

The Australian Women in Religion project has greatly benefited from members of the Australian Wikimedia community. Thank you to Pru Mitchell, a librarian and researcher at the Australian Council for Educational Research for her expert guidance. Other members of Wikimedia Australia have provided expertise, promoted the project and events, and assisted at several edit-a-thons.

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Project Coordinator: Kerrie Burn

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