Google on Monday marked the International Women’s Day with an interactive doodle.
The global search engine’s homepage has featured a special doodle that highlights female trailblazers who contributed to education, civil rights, arts and sports among other areas.
“Today’s annual International Women’s Day doodle takes a journey through a series of firsts in women’s history — highlighting female pioneers who have challenged the status quo and paved the way in education, civil rights, science, art, and so much more,” Google said in its note on the women’s day doodle.
The video doodle paid 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 note read.
Suffragists, academics, gold medalists, entrepreneurs and more — today’s doodle celebrates the women around the world who overcame the obstacles of their time to create a lasting legacy. These firsts stand on the shoulders of countless others — women who laid the foundation, in the past, for today’s doors to be finally opened and glass ceilings broken.”
Google often alters its homepage to mark holidays, anniversaries, events, achievements, and notable historical figures.
On May 11, 2020, Google paid homage to the celebrated Pakistani writer, playwright and poet on his 108th birth anniversary with a doodle.
The doodle was designed by Pakistani illustrator, Shehzil Malik, who took to Instagram and shared it.
On April 4 last year, Google honoured the iconic Pakistani sports hero, Hashim Khan. Featuring him on their homepage hitting shots at every stage of his life, the doodle “celebrates legendary Pakistani squash player Hashim Khan, widely revered as one of the sport’s all-time greatest players,” according to Google itself.
Google chose to release the doodle specifically on April 4, the date that marks his British Open Squash Championships win that elevated him from obscurity to an international icon in 1951.
On November 28, Google honoured the late legendary Urdu writer Bano Qudsia on her 92nd birth anniversary.
“Today’s doodle honours the life and legacy of Pakistani novelist and stage and television playwright Bano Qudsia, affectionately known as Bano Aapa (elder sister), who is widely credited as one of the most significant Urdu language authors in modern times,” US-based search engine had said.