#BreakTheBias: Google’s Doodle honours International Women’s Day

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  • Tuesday, 08 Mar 2022

Google's Doodle for International Women's Day celebrates the occasion with pastel animated scenes of women from different cultures, honouring their contributions in various fields. — Google

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Google honours International Women’s Day with a Doodle that celebrates women across the world and their daily lives.

The animated slideshow depicts scenes with women in various roles, from a mother at home with her kids, a surgeon in the operating room, to a motorcycle mechanic teaching a kid how to fix a vehicle and a fashion designer working on her clothing line.

The illustration also aims to represent women from different communities, with details like kapcai (underbone motorcycle) common throughout Asia to a filmmaker photographing kangaroos in Australia.

The tech company explains that the common thread in all seven illustrations is how women show up for themselves, their families, and their communities.

The Doodle was illustrated by Google Doodle art director Thoka Maer, who says the art direction was inspired by life and challenges during the pandemic.

“The last couple of years have been hard for everyone but women especially. We usually celebrate women and their incredible accomplishments in the past and present, and inspire young girls to dream big. The reality of the last couple of years has forced women to shift focus, adjust priorities and make sacrifices to be there for others who need them,” she says.

She hopes that the Doodle will help represent women, making them feel seen and valued for whatever they were doing.

“I want all women to be able to truly choose the lives they want to live and receive all the respect they deserve. A stay-at-home mom makes the whole world for her children. A CEO makes for innovation and keeps her employees motivated and happy,” she says, adding that purpose, whether big or small, all matters.

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