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"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."


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

I was in San Francisco on June 4, 2007 when I made my first edit on Wikipedia. I wonder where others were when they made their first edit and what inspired them.

Hello. My name is Rosie. I work for an international healthcare organization, and I split my time between homes in Nevada City, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. For 5 years, I taught at a university in San Diego, California, and I was honored to be a Women of Merit laureate in that county. As a translator, I have a degree of proficiency in Spanish, French, Serbian, and a few other languages. I became a Wikipedia editor in June 2007, and two years later, an administrator. My first edits created the article Book League of America, and Wikiproject Anthroponomy was my first Wikiproject. I'm passionate about editing Wikipedia and believe wholeheartedly in the idea of building an encyclopedia that contains the "sum of all human knowledge". I'm also active on Wikidata and Commons. In 2009, I was one of the early Online Ambassadors in the WP:Education program. In 2014, I attended AdaCamp (Portland, Oregon) where I co-facilitated a session on "how to edit Wikipedia" and co-facilitated a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. I participated in Wikimedia D.C.'s Facilitator Training Workshop. I facilitated the Litquake Edit-a-thon at WMF (San Francisco) in October 2014 and the International Women's Day event in San Francisco, California. When confronted with an issue on Wikipedia, I think about Asimov's encyclopedists -- who, in a parallel universe, are doing the same thing we're doing. I wonder how Hari Seldon would view the situation... he always took the long-view. I wear an invisible bracelet with the letters "WWHSD" (which stands for "What Would Hari Seldon Do"?).



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On September 19, 2007, I created an article on Kallawaya people. 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 at DYK; I was the third person (and first woman) to have 1,000 contributions appear at DYK. Here's what I had to say about that article on its DYK nomination page:

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.