A guest post from Alex Madva:
We are saddened to report the death of Kevin Gorman, a passionate advocate for gender equality, who was responsible for posting and editing dozens of Wikipedia pages about women philosophers.Kevin, a graduate from UC Berkeley, was 24. He suffered from several rare conditions, but his death still comes as quite a shock. A Facebook page devoted to his memory can be found here.Kevin had for a long time been deeply involved in the Wikipedia community. He first became engaged by feminism after he substantially edited Wikipedia’s “Men’s Rights” page and received intense criticism, and even threats, from members of the men’s rights movement (more on these events can be found here). This led Kevin to attend the first class of Alex Madva’s feminist philosophy course, and ultimately led Kevin to play an integral role in identifying and redressing the underrepresentation of feminist philosophy and women philosophers on Wikipedia. Kevin worked closely with the APA CSW to create and substantially edit many pages on women philosophers. A partial list can be found here. This page also includes a partial list of notable women philosophers who still need Wikipedia pages, which makes salient how much work there is still to be done. Kevin was a leader of the “Gender Gap Task Force,” which sought to address gender bias in Wikipedia more broadly.Kevin was also deeply committed to integrating Wikipedia and education. He served as the Wikipedian-in-Residence at Berkeley, where he worked with instructors and mentored students who published their academic projects directly on Wikipedia. More about the Wiki Education Foundation, a central aim of which is to diversify Wikipedia’s content and contributors, can be found here.