Orielle takes part in a Wikipedia 'edit-a-thon' event at the University of Cambridge

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.

This event sparked my interest due to the fact that it was based around the lack of online biographies on Wikipedia available for eminent women in STEM. This was an opportunity to change that by creating Wikipedia pages to bring justice to the women who have not been acknowledged for their incredible contributions to the field of STEM.

It was amazing to see so many young, like-minded girls from different backgrounds, come together to do something so small, yet so powerful, making a difference to the world we live in.

I can happily say that it was a wonderful experience and I learnt many new skills and developed skills I had prior to the event. This is also something that will look good on my CV, so that’s a bonus! I really recommend this to anyone who stands for women’s rights and wishes to take action in any way possible, so keep on the lookout for this event next year!
— Orielle, Year 10