Google doodle celebrates International Women's Day

Criticized for not lauding enough women pioneers in its doodles, Google decides to cheer on the world's females for International Women's Day.

A celebration of the wiser sex. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You might wake up on Saturday and imagine it's just another Saturday.

How could you forget it's International Women's Day?

The feast of March 8 was originally celebrated in Eastern Europe as International Working Women's Day, a positively cheery hosanna to women who worked the fields and stood in meat queues, while the men drank themselves silly.

It has since been expanded to be a worldwide lean-in for which some people wear purple ribbons.

Google's doodlers have leaped to join the celebration a day early.

This, I am sure, has nothing to do with recent criticism that its doodles gloried far more men than women. Some 82 percent of Google doodles between 2010 and 2013 featured men, according to a report by SPARK Movement, a girls' advocacy group.

So here we have an animated beginning leading to an even more animated collage of important women who aren't necessarily very famous or even at all famous.

Here, saying Happy International Women's Day in their own languages, are Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai; Thai TV host and IT goddess Cee Chatpawee; and Rivka Carmi, president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. They are joined by lesser-known women such as Slovenian singer Alenka Godec and Moldova's minister of education, Maia Sandu.

In all, more than 100 women are featured in the doodle.

Given that men have proved their rabid incompetence over many centuries, it is these women who will, I imagine, most strongly fight to preserve humanity against the onslaught of the robots.

I wish them every success.

 

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