A voice for diversity in science
Only 17% of the English-language biographies on Wikipedia are about women – but the statistic won't stay that low for long if Dr Jess Wade has her way. A passionate advocate for diversity in science, Jess balances her work as an award-winning physicist at Imperial College London with her role as a 'Wikipedian', creating and uploading the biographies of scientists who are women, people of colour and part of the LGBTQI+ community - ones for each day of 2018. In conversation with journalist Anjana Ahuja, Jess explains why the only way to create more diversity in science is for people in positions of power to lend their active support. She addresses the need to help young girls to see past social stereotypes, how she dismisses the online trolls who try to discourage her and names some of the women in science who inspire her personally.