School pupils visit Newnham to help make the internet less sexist on International Day of the Girl

Newnham College held a Wikipedia edit-a-thon for 45 school pupils on International Day of the Girl to help make the internet less sexist.

Students travellled from across the country to Newnham, the women’s college at the heart of Cambridge University, to learn how to edit Wikipedia.

International Day of the Girl aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment.

Wikipedia is the seventh most visited website in the world – but only 15 per cent of Wikipedia editors are female and fewer than 17 per cent of notable profiles are of women.

The event was run in partnership with the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) so that students from Year 11, 12 and 13 could help address the gender gap by creating and adding to profiles of eminent women.

Pupils from St Mary’s School in Cambridge, Mayfield School in East Sussex, Headington School in Oxford, and Loughborough High School all took part in the editing session and had tours of the historic College from current undergraduate students.