Google Doodle celebrates International Women's Day 2019

  08 March 2019    Read: 2577
 Google Doodle celebrates  International Women

Google is celebrating leaders, artists and inspirational trailblazers from the past 200 years, and Friday, they all happen to be women. 

To mark International Women's Day, the Google Doodle for March 8 has illustrated famous quotes from 13 inspirational women. There are those who have gone before us, such as pioneering Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and British suffragette Millicent Fawcett, who campaigned for higher education for girls and the right to vote. 

The list also includes modern champions who are breaking new ground today. From Indian Olympic boxer Mary Kom, who is the only female boxer to have won a medal in seven world championships, to Chimamanda Adichie, the Nigerian writer whose writing on feminism has been translated into more than 30 languages worldwide. 

Argentinian artist Yai Salinas drew inspiration from Frida Kahlo's work to illustrate this quote from her.

To bring the words of all these notable women to life, Google commissioned 10 female artists and design studios from around the world to illustrate their quotes. 

US-based Polish designer Zuzanna Rogatty, who illustrated a quote from Adichie, described her process. 

"Through expressive and rhythmic lettering, I tried to illustrate the energy and power coming from the quote," she wrote on the Google blog. "I especially highlighted the word 'equally' and the last 'I matter", which I felt should sound the loudest."

You can read all about the artists and their inspiration on the Google blog, or head to Google Arts and Culture to read about the women who have shaped our world -- from the heroes of STEM to the women who turned a hat into a symbol of female power. 

Google's focus for this year's International Women's Day was "women empowering women" -- hence the choice of all female artists for its doodle. 

While the company has struggled with the issue of gender diversity in the past, along with the rest of Silicon Valley, Google is making inroads, including giving out $9.7 million in 2018 to help address wage inequality.

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