How To Help

Do you want to see more photos and stories of amazing women and other under-represented scientists? Sure you do! And you can help, too, even with tweets or just a few minutes every now and then. Often, though, images will need to be chased down – and sometimes, there may be none to find. But it’s rewarding and you learn a lot of interesting things in the hunt.

Looking for images and stories is the kind of thing you can do alone, and it’s ideal for doing in groups, too. It’s like genealogy, but for a profession.

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If you haven’t edited Wikipedia and would like to learn, see if someone you know does and can show you how. Keep an eye out for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in your neck of the woods – it’s a fun way to learn. Or try the Wikipedia Adventure – and there’s the Teahouse for support, too.

There will be more ways to get involved as this project develops, too. Share your ideas and thoughts in a comment on this blog, on Twitter , or send it by email to See an image or a person who needs more coverage on Wikipedia, or a great story about a scientist from an under-represented group? Pass that along, too. (Comment moderation and email replies may be slow: your patience is appreciated.)

Pictures of people capture our attention and imagination. So those pictures often drive whose stories we get to read as well. That shapes our image of who works in science and how, having an impact in many ways – on school kids doing assignments, on who is drawn to a career in science, and how many of us get to be inspired by scientists who are socially similar to us.

What we are paying attention to affects how we see the world of science, too. Help counteract the bias around you by continually getting to know more scientists from under-represented groups. Sign up for the (roughly) weekly email here – and @MissingSciFaces is active on Twitter.


Hilda Bastian, 20 March 2017