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Mapping history's 'invisible' women

Updated 12:44 PM ET, Sat March 7, 2015
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To give notable women their rightful place in history, teen activists from SPARK Movement collaborated with Google's Field Trip app to highlight locations of significance in the lives of accomplished women. For Dancer Janet Collins (1917-2003), it's New York's Metropolitan Opera, where she become the company's first African-American prima ballerina. Click through the gallery to learn about more women and locations featured in the app. Sam Falk/New York Times Co./Getty Images
Charlotta A. Bass (1874-1969) held various roles: educator, newspaper publisher and editor, civil rights activist and 1952 Progressive Party candidate for vice president. Her story appears in Field Trip on the site of the California Eagle, one of the era's leading African-American newspapers, of which Bass assumed control in 1912. Bettmann/CORBIS
Deborah Sampson (1760-1827) fought in the American Revolution disguised as a male soldier. A former indentured servant and then a teacher, Sampson was determined to fight for the Continental army. The geographic coordinates of her place of birth in Plympton, Massachusetts, are noted in the app. MPI/Getty Images
French surrealist photographer Claude Cahun (1894-1954) was known to turn the camera on herself to create enigmatic, gender-bending images with the help of props, costumes and experimental camera work. The app features the location of her former home on the Channel Island of Jersey, where she lived with her partner, avant-garde artist Marcel Moore. GINIES/SIPA
Feminist activist and theorist Gloria Anzaldua (1942-2004) was known for writings and teachings related to the Chicana movement and lesbian/queer theory. Among her writings, written in a mix of English and Spanish, is the autobiographical narrative "Borderlands: The New Mestiza." She was a lecturer in women's studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where a collection of altar objects she used in her creative process is on display at the McHenry Library. The library appears in the app. Courtesy K. Kendall
Entertainer Josephine Baker (1906-75) recorded one of her most famous performances in Paris' Folies-Bergère music hall wearing a skirt made of bananas. The concert hall is featured in the app. Fox Photos/Getty Images
On most days, Chicago's Washington Square Park is packed with locals and tourists. But for decades, it was a social justice hub where activists including Lucy Parsons (1853-1942) rallied around pressing causes of the day. Born into slavery, she married political activist Albert Parsons, and together they moved to Chicago to start a long career advocating for the working class, women and racial minorities. Chicago History Museum/Getty Images
Students of American history might remember the story of former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth (died 1875). But do you know where she gave her famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech? The Field Trip app pinpoints the exact location in Akron, Ohio. MPI/Getty Images
Because she was a woman, fossil hunter Mary Anning (1799-1847) was unable to publish her discoveries, known as "some of the most significant geological finds of all time." Her story in Field Trip is geotagged to the shores of Lyme Regis in southern Britain, where she found what are thought to the first complete skeletons of an ichthyosaur and a plesiosaur (pictured here). John Harper/Corbis
Called '"one of the most wonderfully outrageous pioneers of feminism in America,'" lawyer and political activist Florynce Kennedy (1916-2000) was one of the first black women to graduate from Columbia Law School, where she was admitted after threatening a discrimination suit. She was a founding member of the National Women's Political Caucus, fought for abortion rights, represented the Black Panthers and was known for wearing a cowboy hat and pink sunglasses. Columbia Law School is tagged in the app. Underwood Archives/Getty Images
Entertainer and writer Christine Jorgenson (1926-89) made headlines in the early 1950s for having a sex change from man to woman. She went public with her experience and developed a nightclub act, frequently performing at Freddy's Supper Club in New York (now a sushi restaurant), the site featured in Field Trip. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Jackie Ormes (1911-85), creator of the Torchy Brown comic strip, is thought to be the first African-American woman to have a career as a cartoonist and the first to produce a syndicated comic strip. Her story is featured in Field Trip in connection with the offices of the Pittsburgh Courier, where she published her first comic. courtesy Nancy Goldstein
American educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune's (1875-1955) legacy lives on at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona, Florida, which she founded in 1904 as the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. The location is featured in Field Trip with her story. Gordon Parks/Library Of Congress/Getty Images
Mary Seacole (1805-81) is considered the Florence Nightingale of the Crimean War. The Jamaican-Scottish nurse traveled to Crimea to establish the British Hotel near Balaclava, a place where soldiers could rest and recover. She also worked with the wounded in military hospitals. The app highlights 165 George St., London, where she lived at the end of her life. Maull & Company
Irena Sendler (1910-2008) was a young social worker in 1939 when the Nazis invaded Warsaw, Poland. She worked, along with other women, to smuggle Jewish babies and children out of the Warsaw Ghetto to safety. The group saved more than 2,000 children. The site of the Warsaw Ghetto border marker appears on the app in honor of Sendler. Stach Antkowiak/AFP/Getty Images
Ruby Hirose (1904-60) was one of 10 women recognized by the American Chemical Society for accomplishments in chemistry in 1940. A biochemist and bacteriologist, she researched antitoxins and serums. Hirose also helped develop vaccines against infantile paralysis, according to the Smithsonian. The University of Cincinnati, where she earned her doctorate, appears on the app. Smithsonian Institution Archives
Painter Maria Izquierdo (1902-55), whose self-portrait is shown on the left, was inspired by Mexican folklore. Among her admirers was fellow Mexican artist Diego Rivera, whose work is shown on the right. Her 1930 solo show in New York was the first one-person exhibition in the United States to feature the work of a Mexican woman. Born in 1902, Izquierdo grew up in a rural village before moving to Mexico City in 1923. Several years later, she became a student at the city's Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, which is geo-tagged in the Google app. MARIO GUZMAN/EPA/Landov
Nellie Bly (1864-1922) was a journalist for the New York World when she went undercover for 10 days at the mental asylum on Blackwell's Island and returned with a stunning expose of physical abuse, force-feeding and rotten food. The island appears on the app. Popperfoto/Getty Images