Year 10 girls readdress the gender balance on Wikipedia

A group of Year 10 girls from The Petchey Academy in Shacklewell Lane took part in the Wikipedia edit-athon at the impressive new Bloomberg offices last week.

As part of his gender equality campaign, #BehindEveryGreatCity, the mayor of London invited secondary school girls from across London to create a host of new Wikipedia pages about women. It comes after the website revealed 83 per cent of its biographies are about men and 85pc of page editors are too.

The girls were tasked with writing a Wikipedia page for an influential woman. Several of the girls chose to write about Petchey Academy staff including Ms Cole (our Principal), Ms Green (former member of England Women's Rugby Team and Captain of Saracen's Ladies)  and Ms Ferguson (MBE).

The girls also had the chance to network with several women leaders from high growth tech companies from the UK and US including Blippar; Built-ID; Just Giving and Safe & The City.

Jhanelle Wallace volunteered to talk about her page on the stage infront of the group and won a prize for her contribution.

Petchey Academy student Chloe Mankumbani said: “I’m working on a page for Nan Herbert – she helped a lot of people nursing in Cuba. I thought she was really powerful. When I read about her I thought she was so good to people, but then she deserved more for what she accomplished. I think she died and nobody appreciated her enough. So I thought that I should highlight her.”

All the girls enjoyed their day and behaved impeccably, they also had  with several expressing an interest in apprenticeships or internships at Bloomberg. You can see all the photos on our Facebook page.