A physicist is writing one Wikipedia entry a day to recognize women in science

Jess Wade is a research scientist who champions diversity in the science industry.

(CNN)When she's not working in a physics lab, one London researcher is making sure women in science get the recognition they deserve.

And she's doing it one Wikipedia article at a time.
Jess Wade has written more than 280 Wikipedia pages this year, each highlighting a woman or someone from another group underrepresented in science, she said. She challenged herself to write one piece per day in 2018, and so far, she's outpacing that rate.
    "In writing them, you get so inspired and excited because these people that you are researching ... are absolutely incredible," Wade, a postdoctoral researcher in physics at Imperial College London, told CNN. "It's such a fun thing to do that you get motivated to keep contributing to science because you want to be one of these phenomenal people one day."

    There aren't many women with Wikipedia bios

    Only 17% of Wikipedia's biographies in 2016 were about women, according to the Wikimedia Foundation, the charity that runs the collaboratively edited, online reference project. And when you narrow it down to women in science, technology, engineering and math, often dubbed STEM, the numbers are even lower because women are underrepresented in those fields.
    "When you look up a scientist, the first thing that comes up is their Wikipedia page," Wade said. "But more often than not, women don't have them."
    Wade wanted to do something that could help close the gender gap and increase the representation of women in the sciences. So, she started writing Wikipedia bios.
    "I thought, 'What could we do now to make sure that women are on an equal footing with men?' and that's where Wikipedia's really useful," she said. "It costs nothing for me to write a Wikipedia article, other than maybe an hour or an hour and a half of my time."
    She chose Wikipedia because people these days research life's questions by Googling. Wikipedia articles, she said, are indexed quickly and appear near the top of most searches.

    Meet a volcanologist, an immunobiologist and a particle physicist

    Beyond her crusade to expand their recognition, Wade has become enthralled with her subjects.
    Her favorite article she's written is about Tamsin Mather, an Oxford University volcanologist whose research has sometimes proven dangerous.
    "(Mather) went to Chile, Nicaragua and Italy and at one point was held at gunpoint. It was incredibly dangerous research," Wade said. "She's been really successful in her studies and has a really cool story and (is) really cool herself, as well."