Emily Temple-Wood

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Dr. Emily Temple-Wood is a member of the Board of Directors and former Vice President of Wikimedia District of Columbia.

She has been editing Wikipedia since the age of twelve and is at the forefront of efforts to fight systemic bias and increase representation of women on the online encyclopedia that now is the fifth-most accessed website on Earth. She founded WikiProject:Women Scientists to document the achievements of women in science on Wikipedia. As documented in a paper presented at the 2017 International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, her work has increased the percentage of female biographies on Wikipedia from 14 to 17 percent. For her work on the encyclopedia, in fighting online harassment, and being an inspiration to women, scientists, and Wikipedia editors all over the world, she was named Wikipedian of the Year in 2016.

Emily Temple-Wood is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017, edited by Hope Jahren. She enjoys cats, knitting, and biology.

Press coverage:

Rewriting the History of Women in Science
Scientific American, September 2017

How a feminist stood up to trolls and measurably changed Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists
Wikimedia Foundation, March 17, 2017

It’s Time These Ancient Women Scientists Get Their Due
Nautilus, April 12, 2016

How one young female scientist decided to cope with online harassment
Washington Post, March 11, 2016

The new alchemy: turning online harassment into Wikipedia articles on women scientists
Wikimedia Foundation, March 8, 2016