Every year March 8 is celebrated as International Women's Day all across the globe. It is observed to commemorate women's cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements, focusing on the women's rights movement bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, violence/abuse against women, and reproductive rights.
This year the search engine giant Google has released a unique Doodle in the form of an animated slideshow to give a glimpse into the everyday lives of women of different cultures all across the globe.
From a mother working from home and managing the children to a wildlife photographer waiting for the perfect click in the forest, the animation features the diverse role of women in society. Each illustration in today's Google Doodle is hooked by the common thread of how women show up for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Thoka Maer: Doodle Art Director
Maer says that life during the pandemic has been hard for everyone, especially women. She says that the last couple of years during the pandemic has compelled women to shift focus, compromise priorities and make sacrifices to be there for others who need them.
Inspiration Behind The Doodle
Maer says that very basic things such as getting up in the morning, getting through the day, washing dishes, holding on to the job or letting go of it, and taking care of self and everyone are all a huge piece of work since the inception of the pandemic.
Through her Doodle, she hopes that women feel seen and valued for whatever they've been doing and are doing right now. She emphasized on all women to be able to truly choose the lives they want to live and receive all the respect they deserve.
Hijab Girl Finds Place In Doodle
A lot has been said and happened in India over hijab. The protest against donning a hijab in educational institutes began at a college in Karnataka, which went on to become a nationwide topic. Amidst these protests, Google's search engine has given room for a hijabi showing equity with other women.