Emily Temple-Wood is a 21-year-old science microbiology student at Loyola University in Chicago. She’s also an “epic” contributor to Wikipedia.
Her motivation? Being sexually harassed.
Temple-Wood, who plans to attend medical school in 2016, has been a Wikipedia editor since she was 12 years old, as she simply wanted to share information with the world.
However the student started the ‘WikiProject Women Scientists’ in 2012 after she realised female scientists weren’t represented on the site.
“Unfortunately, part of Wikipedia’s systemic bias is that women in science are woefully underrepresented,” her project page reads. “Let’s change that!”
She put the project into action following WikiProject Women’s History-Ada Lovelace Day 2012, which exposed a “signficant gender bias across Wikipedia’s science domain”.
“I got pissed and wrote an article that night,” Temple-Wood told Wikimedia. “I literally sat in the hallway in the dorm until 2am writing the first women in science [Wikipedia] article.”
Fast forward a few years, and Temple-Wood has created hundreds of articles about women scientists.
And instead of writing primarily to share information, she’s writing to positively fight back against her harassers.
“My motivation is to channel the frustration I feel from being harassed into something productive,” she told BuzzFeed News.
Temple-Wood frequently receives emails condescendingly discussing her body, insinuating she got to where she is through sexual favours, and spewing profanities when she doesn’t reply.
Instead of responding, the student channels her anger to create a new biography on a female scientist, such as Liliana Lubinska, Katharine Luomala, or Adelaida Lukanina.