WikiProject Women Scientists

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This sounds like an awesome project - maybe something we could get behind?

A Biologist Is Writing a Wikipedia Article About a Woman Scientist For Every Harassing Email She Gets

Started by an undergrad who was pissed off by the lack of articles on women, the project has grown and now has 76 contributors.

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Women in science on Wikipedia: will we ever fill the information gap?

The Guardian looks at why WikiProject Women Scientists is needed in the first place and the struggles it faces in finding information. It’s a really interesting read.

Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, another editor who runs a Wikipedia project aimed at boosting that number, said the same research challenge tends to apply across all professions and cultures.

Open any historical work or biography, she says, and “it will have five paragraphs for every man and only one paragraph about the woman doing the same work … I can’t imagine that’s because the men’s work was twice as good as the women’s.”

What’s more likely, she says, is that the male biographers were disinterested in the contributions of women. And as their knowledge – compiled in encyclopedias and anthologies – migrated online, so did their embedded biases.

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Not women scientists, but an article lamenting the loss of female writers,

Erased from history: Too many women writers — like Constance Fenimore Woolson — are left to languish in moldy archives. What will it take to bring them back?

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Another story on Emily Temple-Wood who inspired the creation of this thread. I never realised she was so young when she started doing this work. The article also has this excellent explanation of why diversity online is important:

“When people get forced off the web, their voices disappear from the internet’s public squares. The ideas and memes that dominate skew even further toward a white male perspective. The web becomes less interesting, less representative, less valuable. We all lose.”

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