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Want To Know More About Women Of History? There's An App For That!

By Kristy Puchko | Miscellaneous | March 24, 2015 |


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Perhaps you’ve heard of Google’s free Field Trip application, which gives you alerts when you’re near a noteworthy location. Well, that app got an empowering update just in time for Women’s History Month, thanks to Spark.

The female-focused non-profit teamed up with Field Trip to add “Women on The Map” to the app, which gives the user an alert when they’re by a place where a woman made history. So far, 100 entries have been submitted, including:


The Arpilleristas in Santiago, Chile, a group of women who wove colorful tapestries documenting the turmoil and violence of Pinochet’s regime.

Mary Ellen Pleasant in San Francisco, CA, an activist and abolitionist who, among other things, would dress like a jockey to help slaves escape their plantations.

Mary Anning in Lyme, England, a renowned fossilist who discovered fossils of a Plesiosaurus, rocking the scientific community to its core.

But if you’re a history buff interested in helping, Spark is game. Here’s their instructions:


You can contribute to this database and write about a woman whose life inspires you. She could be someone from your hometown or someone from ancient history. Write a 150-300 word bio about her life (she can’t still be living) and accomplishments-make sure you inlcude a specific location for us to link her bio to! Find a photo or image to go along with it. Email to sparkteam@sparksummit.com and write “Women On The Map” in the subject line.

In the meantime, I refer you to Lisa Bonet, slaying it on Drunk History as Mary Ellen Pleasant:

Kristy Puchko loves a good, free app!


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