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Feminist Theologies

Australian Women in Religion Project

The Australian Women in Religion Project is a collaborative initiative of the University of Divinity. The University is taking a lead role in coordinating an Australian contribution to the wider 1000 Women in Religion Project. This international project is a major initiative of the Women's Caucus of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature and is supported by Atla (Collectors and Connectors in Religion and Theology) and the Women's Task Force of the Parliament of World Religions. The Project aims to raise up the unrecognised work of important women in religion and to help address the gender bias on platforms like Wikipedia. Only about 18% of biographical articles on Wikipedia are about women.

The University of Divinity project group has compiled a list of approximately 490 Women in Religion from both Australia and New Zealand and a Bibliography of Authoritative Sources that can be used when creating new Wikipedia pages (see below). These documents will be updated as the project progresses.

The WikiProject 1000 Women in Religion Project Page includes a list of women that is generated automatically from Wikidata. The list now includes women from Australian or New Zealand that are included in the 1000 Women in Religion Project. The list shows women with existing Wikipedia articles in English (blue) and those with Wikipedia articles still to-be-created (red). As the project progresses the links will change from red to blue.

The 1000 Women in Religion page also includes information about related project events and activities. 

The University of Divinity's initial target is to create 100 new Wikipedia entries for Australian Women in Religion.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project please email kerrie.burn@ctc.edu.au.

How you can contribute:

  • Register your interest in creating a new Wikipedia entry for a woman on our list.
  • Research and write your article. You don’t need to be a Wikipedia editor. Someone else can create the Wikipedia article from your Word document (See Wikipedia Article Guide below)
  • Suggest new names to add to the list

The Australian Women in Religion Project Dashboard Page provides information about future edit-a-thons and collates data related to the project.

The next edit-a-thon will be an online (Zoom) event on Wednesday 9th June 2021 from 9am-11am AEDT.

This provides a great opportunity to contribute to the project for those who weren’t able to attend the successful in-person event held at Mannix Library on 13th March.

Please register if you would like to attend.