Hundreds Of Unrepresented Women Just Got Added To Wikipedia

400 female profiles have been added or updated

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Wikipedia is used as a source of knowledge for many, and thanks to the BBC, it has just been significantly improved.

Until last week, only 17 per cent of articles on Wikipedia were about women. So, last Thursday, the BBC ran a 12-hour edit-a-thon which encouraged users to add articles about inspirational women to help to close the gender gap online.

The BBC launched the #100WomenWiki event in 13 countries, which saw contributors around the world, including actress Meghan Markle, add or update 400 profiles of women in just one day. Here are just a handful of the influential women who are now included in the encyclopedia.

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Suhani Jalota, founder of the Myna Mahila Foundation

Jalota, who was nominated by Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle, has received recognition for improving the lives of young women in India by reforming public health in slums.

"Her example is one of global positive change," Markle said. Jalota's start-up, the Myna Foundation, produces sanitary products to improve women's health and trains women to be entrepreneurs who can run franchise businesses.

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Laura Coryton, campaigner and feminist activist

In March, Parliament agreed to abolish tax on menstruation products and Coryton is the woman behind the amendment.

At the @bbcnews studio this morning talking about tampon tax! #EndTamponTax

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While the ruling won't be implemented until 2018, Coryton has recently launched a new campaign, 'Period Watch' to ensure the government keeps its promise and to end the taboo around periods.

Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst

Pankhurst has worked as a trustee of Farm Africa and Wateraid, but as the great-granddaughter of the suffragette movement's leader, it's no surprise that she is also passionate about women's rights.

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Pankhurst starred alongside her daughter at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and was inspired to launch a group called Olympic Suffragettes, which has campaigned on a number of issues including tackling violence against women.

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Helen Nibouar, cryptographer

Nibouar's brand new Wikipedia page tells us she was influential in code breaking during World War Two. She is one of only four surviving World War II cryptographers and according to her entry, she was inspired to work for the US military following the bombing of Pearl Harbour. Businesswoman Dame Stephanie Shirle, who nominated Nibouar, said, "We're all very conscious of the value of coding in World War Two and here is one of the pioneers."

Kathryn McDowell, managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra

McDowell now has her own Wikipedia entry, thanks to CNN's chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour. McDowell, who was made a CBE for her services to music in 2011, is credited with many things, including developing the orchestra's record label, LSO Live, into one of the most successful of its kind in the world.

"She works tirelessly to empower and equalise women's lives, " Amanpour said. "I am astounded that someone of Kathryn's proven talents and attributes was not yet in Wikipedia, and therefore we want to correct that."

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