Celebrating International Women's Day—which is on March 8 every year—search engine and tech giant, Google, has created a doodle to honour women from all walks of life around the world.
In the interactive Google Doodle, the company showcased the inspirational quotes, in multiple languages, of 13 female trailblazers—from the past and present—on Friday.
Google Doodles are a special, temporary alteration of the firm's logo on Google's homepage (www.google.com) that honour anniversaries of notable personalities and events.
Upon clicking on the Mar 8 doodle, a pop-in emerges, letting users scroll through different quotes.
The doodle displays quotes with different local language.
It features Bangla quote, “Tumi Mohila Bole Tumi Durbol, Eta Kokhono Bolona,” which is translated from Marry Kom’s quote, “You are women so you are weak, ever say it again.”
American astronaut and physician Mae Jemison, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, German writer Emma Harvey, Japanese multimedia artist Yoko Ono, Indian diplomat NL Beno Zephine, Indian boxer Mary Kom, Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector, British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, British writer Millicent Fawcett, Russain poet Marina Tsvetaeva, French novelist George Sand, Chinese born Taiwanese writer Sanmao and Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are among other, featured in the doodle.
International Woman's Day
In 1909, the first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on February 28. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
After Copenhagen's initiative in 1910, International Women's Day was marked for the first time on March 19 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. They demanded women's rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.
In 1913-1914, International Women's Day became a mechanism for protesting during World War I. In Europe, on or around March 8, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists.
Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia chose to protest and strike for "Bread and Peace" on the last Sunday in February 19117 (which fell on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar).
In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day 8 March 8.
In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.
Later in 1995, a historic roadmap was signed by 189 governments during the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action which envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
Women across generations had to struggle to bring about a day to recognise and celebrate women in the world. It's time to appreciate special women in your lives. Happy Women's Day 2019!