Donna Strickland’s treatment on Wikipedia shows how women have long been excluded from science | The Independent

When Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1903, women couldn’t vote, couldn’t graduate from prestigious universities and weren’t allowed to become Fellows of Learned Societies. When Maria Goeppert-Mayer won the Nobel 1963, she wasn’t being paid for her scientific research, and the headline in the local paper that announced her success read “Mother Wins Nobel Prize”.

Someone had created a page for Strickland, which was subsequently flagged for deletion and removed from the encyclopaedia. The entry was determined not meet Wikipedia’s notability requirements, which require a scientist is widely published, has received media attention, and has won significant prizes. All three of these criteria, however, are biased in favour of men. Wikipedia doesn’t have to replicate the biases that exist in scientific institutions.

Source: Donna Strickland’s treatment on Wikipedia shows how women have long been excluded from science | The Independent