Orielle in Year 10 recently attended an ‘edit-a-thon event’ aimed at redressing the phenomenal imbalance in the people of historical importance who have Wikipedia entries.
Recent studies have found that somewhere between 84% and 91% of Wikipedia editors are male and that only 17.7% of Wikipedia biographies written in English are about women. The University of Cambridge, and the many students who attended, think this should change.
Wikipedia is one of the most-used websites in the world, and is an important resource for science. This hands-on event taught students how to edit and add to Wikipedia, contributing to and improving the coverage of notable underrepresented female scientists on Wikipedia.
The day concluded with a ‘Careers in STEM’ panel with inspiring female figures from across the University of Cambridge. Panellists included:
Rowan Chapman - Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, West North America and Australia & New Zealand.
Esther Redpath - Temporary Works Engineer, A14 Integrated Delivery Team.
Tiffany Harte - Postdoctoral researcher, Atomic, Mesoscopic and Optical Physics Group.
Sohini Kar-Narayan - Reader (Associate Professor), Device & Energy Materials.