Edit: this episode https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172w25chfb2c1f Interview starts at 12:55, awkward question at 16:45
“Sumner says the fact that Strickland’s Wikipedia page has only appeared today is telling.
“It took a Nobel prize for Donna Strickland to be noticed enough to have a (short) Wikipedia page written about her. Another example of how womens’ contributions to science go unnoticed and uncelebrated,” she says. “It takes the science equivalent of an Oscar for a woman in Stem [science, technology engineering and mathematics] to get noticed!””
The speedy deletion process has always made me a bit uncomfortable, I wish there was any kind of public information about that deletion besides the deletion comment which consists of a single template without further info.
One of the men he shared the prize with, Joachim Frank also got his page in the year he got the prize, although his page came a few months before the prize.
One of the 2016 Chemistry winners, Ben Feringa, didn't get his page until the year before.
Maybe someone got confused at Wikipedia and thought Strickland won in Chemstry!
I also remember reading in the past year about how the male skew in wikipedia editors leads to all sorts of bias. They approve all sorts of wikipedia entries on fictional sci-fi characters and reject entries for female leaders worldwide (in the west but even more so when it comes to developing nations)
Source for the stats:
I really don't understand this.
I don't think its that surprising that a group of men share different view points about worthy posts than a group of women would. The point is wikipedia doesn't have good coverage in this regard. I'd say the same thing for a group of American editors vs a group of African editors. Or a group of wall st professionals vs blue collar workers.
Wikipedia's editors have a diversity problem in light of their goal to be the "world's encyclopedia".
Just a theory.
The actual article that went up doesn't look like it went through the useless draft process at all. It was drafted and published directly to the main namespace, ironically enough by copying Gérard Mourou's article and then deleting everything from it.
For example, the Alex of AlexNet  fame would be Alex Krizhevsky, if he were actually famous. He doesn't have a Wikipedia page, but his advisor Geoffrey Hinton does (and is famous for the AlexNet breakthrough).
Anyone could have added her page, no one did, until now.
Edit: I assume a less humble person would have pushed to get their page long before getting a Nobel prize.