Some teen activists are trying to change this, by harnessing modern technology to map the history of crucial, yet previously ignored, female historical figures.
The SPARK Movement, a coalition of young activists from across the U.S. and beyond, recently launched "Women on the Map" in collaboration with Google's mapping app, Field Trip. The innovative app makes cell phones buzz when they "approach a place where a woman made history," according to SPARK's website.
"I think there's a real deep, spiritual connection in place that's really impactful," Dana Edell, executive director of SPARK, told Mic. The project, she says, is a "fun way to go about history, so you're really seeing how history is not just cold facts but also across the globe."
SPARK and Google teamed up after the former worked to help latter improve the lack of gender and racial diversity among its famous Doodles. The young activists of the SPARK team spent months researching incredible women whose stories had been ignored by traditional history curricula. They then used Field Trip, which alerts app users about historical events that occurred in the various physical locations they encounter as they walk past them, to bring these women's stories to life."
Read article by Julie Zeilinger from Identities.Mic.