6 (More) Apps Every Feminist Needs

The number of women in the U.S. with smartphones has risen to over 66%, making smartphone technology one of the top ways for women to stay up to date on important matters in their lives. App developers have been quick to realize the feminist potential of apps as tools of change. Back in 2014, we told you about 6 Apps Every Feminist Needs. Since that time, numerous apps have been developed to target issues which challenge women’s equality in the U.S. and globally. Below are six (more) innovative apps we love.

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Circle of 6

How it works: Designed as a personal safety app, Circle of 6 lets users connect to up to 6 personal contacts. The app has different notifications its users can tap to alert their contacts should the need arise. Reasons for alerting contacts can range anywhere from needing a safe ride home to feeling at risk while traveling alone or as part of an unfamiliar group. Additionally, Circle of 6 connects users to proper local authorities during emergency situations.

Availability: Google Play and iTunes
Cost: Free
Rating: 4 of 5

Hollaback

How it works: Hollaback was developed in 2005 as a way for users to monitor incidents of street harassment in real time and submit them to their local council members. The app has undergone serious redesigns since then, now includes a simpler method of sharing as well as the option to review past stories.

Availability: Google Play and iTunes
Cost: Free
Rating: 4 of 5

LemonAid

How it works: LemonAid is a new app designed to help users obtain birth control and other prescriptions safely and easily. With LemonAid, users answer a series of questions and upload a photo of themselves to the app. A doctor reviews all responses and, if the provided information meets approval, sends a user’s prescription to a nearby pharmacy for pickup. Currently only available in California, Florida, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, LemonAid’s developers hope to expand their services into other states soon.

Availability: Google Play and iTunes
Cost: $15.00
Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Eve by Glow

How it works: Eve is a health app and period tracker for women who want to exercise control over their reproductive health. Eve helps its users better navigate things like birth control, contraception, PMS, menstrual cycle symptoms, ovulation, fertility, and overall health trends over time.

Availability: Google Play and iTunes
Cost: Free
Rating: 5 of 5

SPARK Women on the Map

How it works: SPARK Women on the Map works in tandem with Field Trip, a mapping app that alerts users when they approach important historical sites. When a user opens Field Trip and enables SPARK’s Women on the Map feature, their phone will sound as they approach locations where women made history. According to their site, SPARK Movement is “a girl-fueled, intergenerational activist organization working online to ignite an anti-racist gender justice movement.” SPARK Women on the Map is a great way to highlight women’s accomplishments throughout history.

Availability: Google Play and iTunes
Cost: Free
Rating: 3.8 of 5

Hey! VINA

How it works: Hey! VINA was designed to help women find Platonic female friends in and around their neighborhoods.  Whether a woman just moved to an area, is going through a major life transition, or is just looking to make new friends, Hey! VINA helps by pairing users with similar interests in hopes of building lasting friendships. Hey! VINA is still being tested for improvements, but we think this app sounds promising!

Availability: iTunes
Cost: Free
Rating: 3 of 5

 

jf1-1Juliette Faraone studied digital media and film at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College before earning her BA in comparative literature from the University of Evansville. In addition to being an editorial intern at Ms., she is a staff writer for Screen Queens. Her work has also appeared at Lesbians Over Everything, Slant and The Zusterschap Collective. In her spare time, Juliette watches Netflix via Skype with her girlfriend and three cats.

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Comments

  1. Charlie Gullick-Plasencia says:

    Many people have smartphones today and are always looking for new and important apps to use. There are a lot of apps specifically for women to help them be safe when they are out, period apps, apps that tell them where women made history when they get to these certain places and even apps to meet other women. I liked this article because it gave a list of six different kinds of apps, their description, where they are available, the cost and the apps rating. It is sad that many women do not feel safe, but it is amazing how people are making apps, such as Circle of 6 and Hollaback, that can alert someone’s contacts when they do not feel comfortable or even allows us to submit harassment incidents right away to make women more aware. So many women have period apps, such as Eve by Glow, to help track their periods, ovulation, and even birth control. I have this one and a few others and I love them because they really do benefit women. LemonAid also sounds like a great app because it helps people get their birth control and other prescriptions safely and easily. It also allows us to ask questions to a doctor who then reviews them to approve of the prescription, which is cool. I know a lot of people who are interested in history and SPARK Women on the Map sounds like an interesting app because it tells you when you’re at a location where women made history. A lot of women say it is hard to make friends because of the differences they have with people, but with Hey! VINA, women can find platonic friends near them who have similar interests. All of these apps have different uses, but they are all advantageous to women. We are on our phones a lot so why not use apps that can help us and make our lives easier.

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