Only 11 percent of stories in U.S. history textbooks are about women.
Lessons in Herstory, a history book in app form, is using modern technology to correct that. The app brings to life female historical figures such as Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Sacagawea, and many other important women often omitted from curricula.
Within Lessons in Herstory, you have two ways to learn.
The easiest way to access information is by tapping “I Don’t Have a Textbook.” Or, if you're in school and happen to be using A History of US: Liberty for All? 1820–1860, Book Five, 2005, you can tap Start Scanning, and scan a portrait of a historical male figure in the book.
Once the app recognizes the face pictured, it drops a story of a related woman on top of it using augmented reality. For example, if you scan James Beckwourth, you’ll get a history of Annie Oakley floating in front of his face. The app lists each woman’s life span, what she did, who her family was, and why she was important.
Even if you don’t have that specific textbook, head to LessonsInHerstory.com and scan the male figures pictured there to learn about their female counterparts—and to help make history more equitable.