Today’s Google Doodle highlights female pioneers throughout history, in conjunction with this year’s International Women’s Day.
“The video Doodle pays homage to these (s)heroes by depicting the hands that have opened the doors for generations of women. While some firsts achieve something spectacularly new, others are receiving a recognition or right that is long overdue,” the search giant said.
The animated doodle was made by French animator Helene Leroux, who developed it around the theme “Women Firsts”.
This also reflected the most popular Google searches in the past year about women’s firsts, like the first female astronaut, the first woman to climb Mount Everest, and more.
“I wanted to find a way to represent a diverse range of women’s accomplishments globally, while peaking curiosity of who the specific “firsts” are,” Leroux said, on the Doodle blog.
She added that close-ups of hands highlighting women in their different fields throughout time would be a great way to pay homage.
She explained liking close up shots of hands in movies, which always felt like an it’s an important action, thus why she wanted to use that idea to replicate that feeling in the Doodle.
Leroux said her great-grandmother’s experience was also an inspiration, as she was never allowed to pursue art professionally though she was an incredible artist.
“I eventually became the first woman in my family to pursue art studies and create a profession from drawing. I wish she could have had the same opportunity back then! When I started, it was a field dominated by men, and I’m proud to see so many women animators and directors now,” she said.
She added that she hoped the Doodle would inspire other women to pursue what they want in life, to keep fighting for their rights, and pass on the message to future generations.