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Jan 15, 2019 2019-01-15

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Project Mapping Great Women in History

The SPARK Movement—a movement by and for girls aged 13–22—is aiming to put women on the map. The “Women on the Map” project works inside Google’s free Field Trip app to pinpoint locations connected to great women from history. (“Women on the Map” is on the Field Trip app by default.) By switching on history notifications in the app, users are alerted when they approach the exact location where a woman made history at some point in time and can read about her and her achievements. SPARK's team—mostly college students—mapped the achievements of about 100 women around the world, and they plan to add more. Some of the women on the map include Mary Ellen Pleasant (San Francisco, California), an activist and abolitionist who, among other things, would dress like a jockey to help those enslaved escape their plantations; and Mary Anning (Lyme, England), a renowned fossilist who discovered fossils of a Plesiosaurus, rocking the scientific community to its core.

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