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— me

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world."

"Try not. Do or do not. There is no try."

— Yoda

"It is not women's inferiority that has determined their historical insignificance; it is their historical insignificance that has doomed them to inferiority."

Hello. My name is Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight. I work for an international healthcare organization, and split my time between homes in Las Vegas, Nevada and Nevada City, California. For five years, I taught at University of Phoenix in San Diego, California; I was also honored to be a Women of Merit laureate in that county. I grew up in Los Angeles speaking Serbian, in a home where English was a second language, and learning Spanish and French in school. This proved valuable for my translation work in Wikipedia. I'm also active on Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. I've been editing Wikipedia since 2007 and became a sysop 2 years later. Most of my focus is on content gender gap (the convergence of safe space collaboration, learning from history, and empowerment through technology), content writing (forever my "happy" place), and community organizing at the intersection of information and communication technologies as these empower our wiki world as we share in the sum of all human knowledge. You'll find me to be most active in these community networks: Women in Red, WWUG, WMDC, AffCom, and Editorial Board, The Signpost. You can also find me on social media -Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn- where my personal, business, and wiki life co-mingle.

Some history:




  • I have made >110,000 edits and I have not been paid for any of them.
  • I have worked for the same organization for almost 26 years in various states, divisions, and capacities. I have not edited articles regarding the parent organization or subsidiaries.
  • On September 19, 2007, I created the Kallawaya people article. Another editor noticed it, nominated it at DYK, and a few days later, it appeared in the DYK section of the mainpage; it was my first DYK contribution. On September 18, 2013, Goaribari Island appeared in the DYK section; I was the third person (and first woman) to have 1,000 contributions appear at DYK. It was an important achievement for me; here's what I said about it:
Some of you know that I am a cultural anthropologist at heart. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Margaret Mead and study cultural anthropology at Barnard (my mom's alma mater), 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.
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