Google Doodle celebrates International Women’s Day 2021 with an animated video

INTERNATIONAL Women's Day falls every year on March 8 and celebrates the achievements of women throughout history.

Today, Google has taken the opportunity to mark the date with an animated Doodle.

What is International Women's Day?

International Women's Day is an annual celebration of women in the world and takes place in March every year.

The day is not country, group or organisation specific – and belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.

The day has taken place for over 100 years, with the first IWD gathering taking place in 1911 but under the name National Women's Day.

IWD's seeds were sown in 1910 n August 1910, when an International Socialist Women's Conference was organised to precede the general meeting of the Socialist Second International in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Delegates – 100 women from 17 countries – then decided to hold an an annual event to mark the freedom and promote the suffrage of women.

The first IWD celebrations saw over a million people participate in 300 marches in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

According to the official IWD website renowned feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem, once explained: "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."

How is Google celebrating International Women's Day?

Today's Google Doodle takes a journey through a series of firsts in women’s history.

Through an animated video, it highlights the female pioneers who have challenged the status quo and paved the way in education, civil rights, science, art, and so much more.

The video illustrates the hands of these heroes 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. 

From suffragists, athletes to academics, today’s Google Doodle celebrates the women around the world who overcame the obstacles of their time to create a lasting legacy.

Today’s Doodle was illustrated by Doodler, Helene Leroux.

She says: "I wanted to find a way to represent a diverse range of women's accomplishments globally, while peaking curiosity of who the specific “firsts” are.

"So that was quite the challenge! I eventually realised that close-up hands highlighting women in their different fields throughout time would be a great way to pay homage.

"I wish I could have the time to draw even more."

What is a Google Doodle?

The first-ever Google Doodle was designed by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and honoured The Burning Man event in Nevada.

Subsequent Doodles have been designed by other people and a specific team of people called Doodlers.

By 2019, the team had created over 4,000 Doodles for Google homepages around the world.

Google releases Doodles to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays or days of note throughout history.

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