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.”