The International Women’s Day festivities were properly kicked off by Google this past Saturday with an interactive and informative doodle. Ryan Germick, Google Doodle's team leader said,"International Women's Day is a really hard topic. How do you summarize what women represent in a graphic?" 

Their doodle displayed international unity, as the homepage lit up from smiling faces of women around the globe wishing everyone a Happy International Women’s Day in an array of languages.  Google told the Independent, “Women have historically been underrepresented in almost all fields: science, school curricula, business, politics — and, sadly, doodles.”

 What’s even better about the video and Google doodle (can we just call it a Goodle?) is that it clicks through to more info about IWD. “In addition to our continued effort for doodle diversity," says Google "our International Women's Day doodle features a host of inspiring women from around the world.” Education Activist Malala Yousafzai, Dora the Explorer, boxer Mary Kom, Human Rights Activist Cecilia Chung, and various students, families, mothers, sisters, even babies, were among the heroines featured in the video. You can find the full list of lady warriors  here

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th. The 2014 theme was “Equality for women is progress for all.” This sentiment was reinforced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “This International Women’s Day, we are highlighting the importance of equality for women and girls, because progress in so many other areas depends on it.” The UN has taken great steps to ensure equality for women, and acknowledging the importance of lady power this International Women's Day. You can find more info about the UN's efforts here. Now, what are your plans to let this theme saturate the other 364 days of the year?

 

 

Photos courtesy of Google. 

 

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