Google Doodle For International Women's Day Features 27 Chromosomes, And Tries To Abolish Its Sexist Rep
In light of the recent uproar over Google Doodles being sexist, we were wondering what they'd have in store for International Women's Day. Now we know: Friday's Doodle celebrates the day, celebrated annually March 8, with an illustration of 27 female chromosomes and an interactive video featuring more than a hundred women.
The video showcases women of various colors, nationalities, abilities and disabilities, languages, walks of life, ages, and gender identities. At 0:20, transgender activist and writer Janet Mock makes an appearance. Other notable cameos: Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė; Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai; Indian muppet character Chamki; and Dora the Explorer. You can check out the full list of 100 women here.
While the diversity celebrated by Friday's Doodle is worthy of praise, not everyone is satisfied with it. The Telegraph's Radhika Sanghani critiqued it, though she emphasized the Doodle had its merits.
You can see the video here.
Friday's Doodle is certainly much more engaging than International Women's Day Doodles of previous years, all of which have been static images. It's also a welcome addition to a list of Doodles that have rarely showcased much gender and racial diversity. As Bustle reported:
"International Women's Day is a really hard topic," the Google Doodle team leader Ryan Germick told The Telegraph. "How do you summarize what women represent in a graphic?" Well, Google, you've done pretty well this time.