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By Cady Lang
March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day began in the early 1900s when women in New York City came together to advocate for fair pay, better working conditions, and the right to vote. Now, more than 100 years later, Google is honoring the day with a Google Doodle that celebrates 13 trailblazing women and their incredible stories.

The Doodle is presented in a slideshow format and begins with a bedtime story that a grandmother tells her young granddaughter; this is no typical childhood bedtime tale, but instead is the ultimate narrative of 13 truly inspirational women, from all fields, eras, and countries.

The slideshow begins with American journalist and activist Ida B. Wells and concludes with Suzanne Lenglen, a French tennis star, with appearances in between from a variety of women ranging from Sally Ride, an American astronaut who was the first woman in space, to Mexican painter and activist Frida Kahlo.

See every woman featured on the International Women’s Day Google Doodle below or on Google.


1. Ida B. Wells

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American journalist, suffragist, and civil rights activist


2. Lotfia El Nadi

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Egyptian aviator


3. Frida Kahlo

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Mexican painter and activist


4. Lina Bo Bardi

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Italian-born Brazilian architect


5. Olga Skorokhodova

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Soviet scientist and researcher in the field of deaf & blind communication


6. Miriam Makeba

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South African singer and civil rights activist


7. Sally Ride

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American astronaut and the first woman in space


8. Halet Çambel

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Turkish archaeologist and the first Muslim woman to compete in the Olympics


9. Ada Lovelace

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English mathematician, writer, and the world’s first computer programmer


10. Rukmini Devi

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Indian dancer and choreographer and activist


11. Cecilia Grierson

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Argentine physician, reformer, and the first woman in Argentina to receive a medical degree


12. Lee Tai-young

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Korean lawyer and activist who was Korea’s first female lawyer and judge


13. Suzanne Lenglen

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French tennis champion who popularized the sport

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