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.
The video is made up of footage sent in from all over the world, and it’s a great idea, but it almost looks like it's just a montage of still pictures set to music, with occasional "Happy IWD" messages. To be honest, it is hard to be inspired when you’re just looking at endless footage of women – some of whom are not even recognizable – but according to Rafael, who also worked on the project, that’s meant to be the point.
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:
Only one out of every four people featured on a global Google Doodle is not a white man. So you know that however the rest of the break down goes, it’s not going to look good for white women and people of color. Let’s take a look.
White women make up the second largest group represented, at a whopping 15.7 percent,while men of color were represented in 6.7 percent of the Doodles. And while it was truly awesome that Google recently featured Zora Neale Hurston, she is clearly an outlier; only 2.3 percent of global Google Doodle figures were women of color. So that’s all pretty awful.
"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.