Student Fights Harassment with Wikipedia

Every time Emily Temple-Wood receives an inappropriate email, she writes a Wikipedia entry about a woman scientist.

By | March 10, 2016

Emily Temple-WoodWIKIMEDIA, EMILY TEMPLE-WOODIn 2012, Loyola University undergraduate Emily Temple-Wood cofounded WikiProject Women Scientists dedicated to giving women scientists equal representation on Wikipedia. It all started when she discovered that relatively few female members of the Royal Society had their own Wikipedia pages, while many male members did. “I got [angry] and wrote an article that night,” she told Wikimedia Blog this week (March 8). “I literally sat in the hallway in the dorm until 2 am writing [my] first women in science article.”

Today, she continues to write Wikipedia entries on women scientists, but her motivation has shifted slightly; she now writes an entry for every harassing email she receives simply because she is a woman. Whether it be an inappropriate date request, condescending remarks on her body, or suggestions that her success is due to her willingness to give sexual favors, she explained, Temple-Wood responds not to her harassers, but to the world, penning a new entry on Wikipedia about the women researchers who have contributed to science past and present.

Siko Bouterse, a former Wikimedia Foundation staff member, said Temple-Wood’s impact on the online encyclopedia’s gender gap has been “epic.” 

“She’s created hundreds of articles about women scientists, including articles that address multiple gaps in Wikipedia—it’s really important that she’s not just writing about white women scientists, she’s also working to address underrepresentation of women of color in Wikipedia and looking at other points of intersectionality as well,” Bouterse told Wikimedia Blog. “And perhaps most importantly, because we’re much stronger collectively than alone, Emily has taught and inspired others to do the same.”

(Hat tips: Huffington Post and Jezebel)

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Avatar of: dumbdumb

dumbdumb

Posts: 94

March 10, 2016

If I would have been doing the same for every time a woman has pretended to be harassed, either for a gain or simply to teach a guy a lesson, the entries would be in the thousands.

Next time, in my defense I will say I am contributing to wikipedia

Avatar of: Lizzz

Lizzz

Posts: 12

March 11, 2016

pretty encouaging until the "intesectionality" made me gag.

Avatar of: Ken Pimple

Ken Pimple

Posts: 43

Replied to a comment from Lizzz made on March 11, 2016

March 13, 2016

It was a new word to me, too. Here's the definition I got (probably from Google, but it just popped up without naming a source). Trying to say it makes me a bit dizzy, but it seems to be a useful term - or at least, an idea that deserves a good name. - Ken

in·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty

The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

Avatar of: Ken Pimple

Ken Pimple

Posts: 43

March 13, 2016

Emily Temple-Wood is now one of my heroes.

Avatar of: typicalanimal

typicalanimal

Posts: 7

March 13, 2016

Stupid. Wikipedia is supposed to be impartial. 

Avatar of: dumbdumb

dumbdumb

Posts: 94

March 14, 2016

RECTIFICATON:

If I would have been doing the same for every time a woman dressed/behaved inappropriately in the workplace (yes, there is double standard), or a woman MISUSED (important) anti-harassment laws for gain or just to teach a guy a lesson, the entries would be in the thousands.

Avatar of: RD

RD

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Replied to a comment from Ken Pimple made on March 13, 2016

March 16, 2016

Wikipedia has a section on this, but to me the concept quickly becomes so complex it is hard to understand how it can be applied outside of academic discussions.

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darwinbot

Posts: 12

Replied to a comment from dumbdumb made on March 14, 2016

May 29, 2016

Then why don't you, instead if whining about it here? inappropriate behaviour comes from both men and women, we agree about that, but at least she's doing something constructive out of it...

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