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Google Celebrates International Women’s Day with Google Doodle Video

The doodle may be a response to critics who say Google doodles are not diverse enough.

Today’s Google doodle honors International Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8th, with a video featuring more than 100 influential women from all over the world. Some highlights from the search engine’s full list of participants (posted here):

  • Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania
  • Easkey Britton, Surfer and the first woman to surf in Iran, PhD and doctoral candidate, Ireland
  • Jenny Chan, Ella Wong & Ching Hoi Man, Spokeswomen, Hong Kong
  • Mara Gabrilli, Congresswoman & Brazil’s spokesperson for people with disabilities, Brazil
  • Ashaji, Holds a Guinness World Record as most recorded artist in music history, India
  • Dora the Explorer

In a description of the video on YouTube, Google refers to “our continued effort for doodle diversity and inclusion,” arguably a response to a recent SPARK report that said 80% of doodles were of men and 20% were of women, while only 22% of doodles depicted people of color. The SPARK report stated, Google doodles “have emerged as a new manifestation of who we value as a society, a sign of who ‘matters.'”

Recently, Google doodles worldwide have honored women such as Underground Railroad operator Harriet Tubman, Victorian poet Elizabeth Browning, and Girls Day in Japan.

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