On International Women’s day, Google has paid a tribute to all the women in the world, through its Google Doodle feature. Google generally goes for a picture or a short animation when it comes to celebrating certain events, but this time it has gone for a slideshow of pictures of truly remarkable women all over the world. Google said, “This International Women’s Day, we’ve chosen to look to the past to celebrate some of the female pioneers who paved the way to where we are today.” Meanwhile, the UN theme for the day, this year is: ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.’
The first slide in the Google Doodle, one can see a grandmother reading a bedtime story to a little girl. It is a story about her favourite heroine. This leads to an imaginative journey of the little girl where she meets 13 remarkable women, a journey which spans the length and breadth of time and distance. Google said, “Although some of the women showcased in today’s Doodle aren’t household names, each made a mark in her own way. They pursued a range of professions and passions and hailed from an array of backgrounds and countries.” Interestingly, all the featured women have had their own Google Doodle in the past, even if it was in their own countries. “So today we’re taking the opportunity to share their stories with everyone,” Google added.
The 13 women who have been showcased in the doodle through art are Lotfia ElNadi, Ida B Wells, Ada Lovelace, Sally Ride, Lina Bo Bardi, Cecilia Grierson, Frida Kahlo, Miriam Makeba, Olga Skorokhodova, Halet Cambel, Lee Tai-young, Rukmini Devi Arundale and Suzanne Lenglen. Rukmini Devi Arundale is the only woman from India, to be featured on the list. She was a well-known Bharatnatyam as well as a choreographer who won the Padma Bhushan in the year 1956.
In the year 1908, a group of women gathered in the New York City to demand fair pay, right to vote and better working conditions. It is considered to be the first time when women raised their voices. This lead to sentiments of equality in many other countries. Officially, the International Women’s Day rallies began in the year 1911 in countries like Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. Since then, March 8 is observed and celebrated as International Women’s Day.