Sad news, you guys. Adrianne Wadewitz passed away recently due to head injuries sustained from a rock climbing fall. Even if you don't recognize her name, you've still probably read her work. She was one of Wikipedia's most prolific editors, and she focused largely on articles about women. Here's an excerpt from this article about her passing:
"The bulk of Ms. Wadewitz's work at Wikipedia concerned biographies of women, particularly writers and thinkers from the era that she studied to earn her Ph.D. An early contribution, or "edit," was in 2006, when she "punched up the intro" to the article about Jane Austen, to note Austen's "masterful use of both indirect speech and irony."
More than 49,000 edits later, Ms. Wadewitz had created a whole library of articles about figures like the early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, the children's book writer Mary Martha Sherwood and the "woman of letters" Anna Laetitia Barbauld. Each of these biographical articles was labeled a "featured article" — the highest praise her fellow editors could give — appearing on the site's home page."
I know it can seem like she wasn't all that influential in the grand scheme of things, but think about how many people get their information about the world solely from Wikipedia these days. She was someone who dedicated herself to making sure that articles about women weren't just factually correct; she helped make them interesting as well. RIP, Ms. Wadewitz, and peace and condolences to your loved ones. You will be missed.