Did you know that fewer than 25 per cent of U.S. postage stamps honour women? And only 17 per cent of portraits in the National Mall portray women? On one woman’s college campus, only three of the 24 buildings named after people are named solely after women. Some might say we’ve come far over the decades and centuries but most of us would argue that we still have a loooong ways to go. And as far as the young women who are part of the SPARK movement are concerned, women’s accomplishments over the years need to be recognized.
So they teamed up with Google. SPARK reached out to the tech giant after noticing that their daily doodles featured women only 17 per cent of the time (and women of colour, a mere four per cent of that). Google listened and the two are working together to feature more groundbreaking, history-making females. SPARK was invited to research and create an app, powered by Google’s Field Trip, that lets users know when they’re near somewhere important in women’s history.
Amazing, non? But what’s most impressive is the SPARK movement itself. Comprised of over 30 women, all under the age of 23 from all over the world, all they want to do is change the world. No biggie. It seems like a daunting task, but it’s inspiring to see this kind of dedication and conviction. Let’s support this ladies. Because pretty soon they’ll be running the world.