New Feature: Doodle-Worthy Women of April

My typical post at Speaking Up For Us comes in response to a particular day’s Google Doodle. It’s really important to me to find a Speaking Up honoree with a birthdate corresponding to the Google Doodle, to highlight all of the options that Google has (and is not taking advantage of). That can lead to a lot of frustration, however, and is a little too reactive and not as proactive as I’d like.

I’m about to try something new, though — to break out of the box of finding a one-to-one correspondence between the date a Doodle is posted and the birthday of a female creator or innovator. Only 10 Google Doodles have been posted this year to date, which means we’ve missed around 110 opportunities to highlight others who are worthy of the honor.  Since April is coming to a close, there’s no time like the present to take a look at a month’s worth of Doodle-worthy women.

I’ll be repeating this feature at the end of every month. It certainly won’t be a comprehensive listing of every single important individual born in a given month, but a fun way to highlight all the amazing, wonderful things women are doing to make our world a better place. I’ll offer just a sampling each month, but hope to be around in years to come to highlight different women born in that month.

Without further ado, here are some of the incredible, unforgettable Doodle-Worthy Women born in April. I think this group of well-known and world-changing women will once again drive home how ridiculous it is that the Doodles team hasn’t been able to find a single woman to honor thus far in 2012:

    • Jane Goodall, born April 3, 1934, known for her long-term studies of social interactions of wild chimpanzees and for her groundbreaking work in conservation and animal welfare. She is a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a recipient of the French Legion of Honor, the Benjamin Franklin Medal, and the International Women’s League Living Legacy Award.

      Jane Goodall

      Jane Goodall photographed in September 2011 by Angela George.

    • Maya Angelou, born April 4, 1928, a decorated and beloved American poet and author, as well as a civil rights activist, perhaps best known for her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Angelou has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and for a Tony Award, and has been honored with three Grammys for spoken-word performances. She is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts, and of almost three dozen honorary degrees.

      Maya Angelou

      Maya Angelou reciting her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning", at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993, courtesy of the White House.

    • Dolores Huerta, born April 10, 1930, worker’s rights leader and civil rights activist known for co-founding, with César Chávez, the National Farmworkers Association (now United Farm Workers or UFW). Her work, service, and advocacy for the rights of workers, women, and immigrants have earned her honors including the U.S. Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights. Huerta will receive the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in politics and government.

      Dolores Huerta

      Dolores Huerta, photographed in April 2009, by Eric Guo.

    • Ella Fitzgerald, born April 25, 1917, known as the “Queen of Jazz” and the “First Lady of Song” and for her three-octave, tonally pure vocal range. She won 14 Grammy Awards over the course of her career (including a Lifetime Achievement Award) and is another recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts. She is also an inductee to the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
      Ella Fitzgerald

      Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, January 1940, by Carl Van Vechten.

      The video below includes a recording of Ella Fitzgerald performing, along with Louis Armstrong, the George & Ira Gershwin classic “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”:


3 thoughts on “New Feature: Doodle-Worthy Women of April

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