International Women’s Day Celebrated With Today’s Google Doodle

google doodleThe US first celebrated National Women’s Day in February 1909. Select European countries followed suit in 1911 (Internationalwomensday.com).

It didn’t take long for Russian women to join the movement in 1913 and by 1975 The United Nations designated March 8 International Women’s Day.

This year, Google marks International Women’s Day with a doodle capturing this year’s theme, inspiring change.

Zap Mama’s polyphonic, Afro-Pop provides the cheerful soundtrack to the 1:50 tribute to eclectic women around the globe. Dozens of women smile as they wish viewers a happy International Women’s Day.

Google’s Liat Ben-Rafael  writes, “International Women’s Day doodle features a host of inspiring women from around the world, including the of Lithuania, a brave Pakistani education activist, an ever-curious explorer, and dozens more.”

A detailed list of participants featured in the video includes US representatives: Janet Mock, Trans woman rights activist and author; Jake Feinler, Former head of Network Information Center at Stanford and Internet Hall of Fame member; Katelyn Donnelly, Executive Director of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund.

To see the full list of participants, click here.

Part of “inspiring change, is to illustrate the power of celebrating our differences rather than using them to serve injustice and inequality. This rich blend of empowered women provides a dynamic picture of strength, courage, and above all- change.

You can view the video here and post your reaction in the comment section.

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