About This Project

Helena Reveal

Hi! I am Helena Reveal and I am a Girl Scout from Nashville, Tennessee. I started Girl Scouts as a Daisy and am now an Ambassador. This website is my Gold Award Project. The Gold Award is the top award in Girl Scouts, earned by only 5.4% of Girl Scouts nationally. Gold Award projects acknowledge a need in the global community and create a new, sustainable solution to address that need. I created this website because I, as well as other students, were frustrated with the lack of diversity in the required reading lists for high school. I hope this site will make it easier for readers to find more diverse alternatives to standard texts.

Howe We Compute MoreScore

A MoreScore is a single number, from 0 to 6, that gives users a quick and easy way to understand the diversity of the protagonist in a story. The MoreScore breaks down into three components:

0whitecisgender malestraight
1undisclosedcisgender female, transgender maleundisclosed
2non-whitenon-binary person, transgender femalenon-straight

Importance of Intersectionality

The term "intersectionality" was coined by Columbia University Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. She proposed intersectionality as a tool to illustrate the problems of thinking about race and gender as mutually exclusive categories. At MoreDiverse.com we use intersectionality to help understand the many different facets of identity. Currently, we index protagonists by race, sexuality, and gender. There is more we could do, but it's a good place to start.

Restdb is database as a service for web applications. Database management and HTML5 development are done in a web-based environment.

The templateing engine handlebars.js is used in Restdb to write HTML code using data stored in the databse.

The Google Books API provides us with ISBN numbers, plot summaries, page counts, and book cover images. This is a public API.

The Lexile score is a way to measure text complexity. A license to access the Lexile score database was generously donated by MetaMetrics Inc..

Materialize CSS implements Google's Material Design standards in CSS making it easy for morediverse.com to easily follow best practices for interface design!

Chartjs is a canvas based javascript graphing library. We use it to create the graphs on our data page.