Rosie Stephenson Goodknight , Known is Wikipedia as Rosiestep , is an American healthcare administrator, Noted for her work as a Wikipedia editor Who has created Thousands of new items and for her Attempts to address gender disparity on the website, running a project pour augmenter the And biographies. [3] She was named co- Wikipedian of the Year in 2016.


Stephenson-Goodknight, of Serbian descent, is the granddaughter of Paulina Lebl-Albala , an active feminist who was the president of the University Women of Yugoslavia. [4] [5] David Albala , her grandfather, was a physician and Zionist leader, who served for a period as president of Belgrade ‘s Sephardi community. [6] At a young age she displayed a keen interest in world culture, but was discouraged by her father from pursuit of a career in anthropology ; Instead she completed a Master of Business Administration degree. [2]

Stephenson-Goodnight works in Las Vegas , Nevada as a business administrator for a healthcare company in Nevada City, California . [1] [7]

Wikipedia editing

Stephenson-Goodknight began editing Wikipedia in 2007. Her son had edited an article about a town in Ukraine where he was working with the Peace Corps , and told his mother that Wikipedia could be edited by anybody. She Began editing Later That year When She Looked for books published by the Book League of America and found a gap in the website’s knowledge resources. [7] She found the encyclopedia to be a suitable outlet for anthropology, citing Margaret Mead as an influence: [2] [8]

Some of you know what I am a cultural anthropologist at heart. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Margaret Mead and study cultural anthropology at Barnard, like Margaret did. I wanted to travel to Papua New Guinea and do research on its people, like Margaret did. But my dad said ‘no’ to majoring in anthropology-he wanted something more practical for my university studies. So now, years later, I get to live the life of an armchair cultural anthropologist, writing articles about Goaribari Island and its cannibals. To all the girls out there with impractical dreams, this article is dedicated to you.

Stephenson-Goodknight has been writing articles on geography, architecture and various biographies for several years, but has recently concentrated on women’s biographies. [2]

By 2013, Stephenson-Goodknight was featured in the UK Huffington Post for having written over 3,000 new articles for Wikipedia, and at that time, over 1000 articles had appeared at the “Did you know?” Feature on Wikipedia’s main page. [2] As of 2016 she has created over 4,000 new items, [Note 1] and has made over 100,000 edits. [9] Wikipedia’s 15th birthday, Wikipedia’s “content gender gap.” [10]

Stephenson-Goodknight at Wikimedia 2016 with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales

The 2016 Wikipedian of the Year awards, granted by Wikipedia trustee Emily Temple-Wood, Jimmy Wales in recognition of outstanding achievement, named Stephenson-Goodknight as a winner . At the time of the award, it was noted that she had over 1,300 articles to have appeared at “Did you know?”. [8] She also co-founded WikiProjects Women Writers , Women and Women in Red . [8] These projects have increased the percentage of women in 15.5% to 16.35%.

Stephenson-Goodknight has drawn attention to systemic bias in traditional encyclopedias, noting that a typical biography of a man is five times longer than one of a woman in the same field. [10] She believes there is a lot of information on this subject. [3] She also suggests it is possible for women to contribute greatly to Wikipedia, explaining, “What Wikipedia needs is, the female editor, with your unique aptitudes and interests and talkpage tone. Wikipedia. ” [2]


  1. Jump up^ Total excludes redirects “Pages Created” . WMFlabs . Retrieved July 8, 2016 .


  1. ^ Jump up to:c Liu, Teresa Yinmeng (July 3, 2016). “Nevada City’s Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight named co-Wikipedia of 2016 for addressing online gender gap” . Western Nevada County Union . Retrieved July 6, 2016 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:f Hussain, Netha (9 February 2015). “Rosie Stephenson: The Woman Who Wrote Over Three Thousand Articles on Wikipedia” . Huffington Post . Retrieved 30 June 2016 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Redden, Molly (19 March 2016). “Women in science on Wikipedia: will we ever fill the information gap?” . The Guardian . Retrieved 30 June 2016 .
  4. Jump up^ Haan, Francisca from; Daskalova, Krasimira; Loutfi, Anna (2006). Biographical Dictionary of Women’s Movements and Feminisms in Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe: 19th and 20th Centuries . Central European University Press. pp. 297-. ISBN  978-963-7326-39-4 .
  5. Jump up^ Vučetić, Radina. “The Emancipation of Women in Interwar Belgrade and the” Cvijeta Zuzori ć “Society” (PDF) . Yugoslav Association for Social History.
  6. Jump up^ RADOVIĆ, NADEŽDA (April 3, 2006). “EVOKACIJA SRPSKOG FEMINIZMA S POČETKA 20. VEKA” (in Serbian). Medijska Dokumentacija . Retrieved 30 June 2016 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:b Bernard, Zoe (February 14, 2013). “Finding inspiration from Wikipedia: a profile of Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight” . Wikimedia Foundation . Retrieved June 30, 2016 .
  8. ^ Jump up to:c Erhart, Ed (June 24, 2016). “Jimmy Wales names Emily Temple-Wood and Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight as Wikipedians of the Year” . Wikimedia Blog . Retrieved 30 June 2016 .
  9. Jump up^ “X! ‘S tools” . . Retrieved 9 July 2016 .
  10. ^ Jump up to:b Gethen, Pax Ahimsa (January 20, 2016). “Wikipedia 15” . The Funcrunch Files .
  11. Jump up^ “Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon” . University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries. February 2016 . Retrieved June 30,2016 .

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