Opinion: Wikipedia’s Diversity Problem

Clarice Phelps may have been the first black woman to help discover an element. For Wikipedia, that wasn’t enough.

On February 11, 2019, in the middle of Black History Month and on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Wikipedia editors deleted the profile of Clarice Phelps, who is thought to be the first black woman to help discover a chemical element. It was the wrong call, inflected by systemic bias. (Visual: )

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