Well done Daniel - great article!
Inspired by your efforts and Sarah's session, I have beefed up another of the proposed articles. Although I have not done enough to make a DYK, it's better than it was.
Here she is - Alice Wheeldon, whose commitment to peace and anti-war activism cost her a lot.


On 24 July 2012 14:12, Daniel and Elizabeth Case <dancase@frontiernet.net> wrote:
A little over a week after Wikimania, where I participated in the “10 women in 10 minutes” session Sarah led, I have gotten the article my group worked on, [[Adrienne Bolland]], through DYK to the Main Page queue, with two other editors who worked on it sharing in the credit. It is currently scheduled to run on July 25, in the evening rotation in Europe, afternoon here in North American Eastern time where I live and morning on the West Coast, and early morning July 26 in Oceania/Asia.
I have two takeaways from the experience to offer anyone else participating in, or running, one of these events.
  1. Cast a wide net for sources when looking to expand a stubby article. I was attracted to this one because the Francophone Wikipedia has a longer article on her; unfortunately it’s tagged as lacking sources. But at least I can read French well enough to figure out what should have been included in the English article, and that helped to guide us. Reflecting the multilingual group we were, the final article has sources from not only French and English (Monash University in Australia has a nice set of pages on aviation pioneers) but German and Spanish as well (The German book we cited actually seems like a good source; it seems to be meant for younger readers and thus was at about the right level for me to read—somehow, when I looked at it, German (which I’ve never formally studied) came through clearer than it ever has. Unfortunately the Google preview ends right when the story starts getting good. Perhaps some German reader can find the hardcover book and see if there’s anything else worth adding). Other sources tapped include the Air France inflight magazine, a school website in France and the World Postal Union website (which would seem to be a good, reliable, authoritative source for stamp information).
  2. Not all the work done by editors physically collaborating shows up in the history. Sitting there putting our heads together, we were able to come to a consensus on whether a particular source was reliable and, when two of our sources conflicted as to a particular fact, which to include.
I hope you like the final result as much as I liked writing it (Mme. Bolland makes a nice feminist role model—after her aviation career, she was in the French women’s-suffrage movement, then supported the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War and was active in the resistance during the war. The more I researched, the more I liked her and felt honored to be improving her Wikipedia article.
Now, I hope, the French article can be properly referenced and the other articles expanded. User:Maire, who was in our group, promised she would get around to doing a Polish translation, which left me with Russian among the languages I’d feel comfortable editing in that aren’t represented yet among the interwiki links. Which I’ll do when I can figure out how to properly transliterate her first name and which of four possible pronunciations I can think of for her last name is the right one.
Or someone else here can take up the challenge. It’s worth it.
Daniel Case

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