Introducing the 2012 Midpoint Series

This Speaking Up post is part of the 2012 Midpoint Series. See all of the posts in the series here.

This week marks The (approximate) Midpoint in 2012, a benchmark that reminds us 50% of the year has gone by, and we still don’t see anything approaching 50% representation of women’s accomplishments in Google Doodles. In fact, the situation is severe: to date this year, the Doodles in the United States have featured zero women. Over the course of the past several years, the posted Doodles have honored a broad range of creators and innovators, but almost all of them have been men. We’d like to see the diversity of the world reflected in the Doodles.

To acknowledge this benchmark and to try to bring some more attention to this cause, Speaking Up will be hosting a special series of posts this week, called The Midpoint Series. I’ll be featuring special content and lots of guest posts, highlighting more and more Doodle-Worthy Women and their amazing achievements. The series will open in just a little while with a second open letter to Google and the Doodles team.

Stay tuned, as we’ll be hearing from many fabulous guest bloggers. I’ve asked several of my friends and colleagues to share their nominee for a female Doodle honoree. A high school senior will share the harm she sees in the invisibility of female role models, and we’ll read more about why the Doodles situation is important to highlight, how it reflects broader problems in de-valuing women’s contributions, and what Google could do if they were committed to making a change. I’m also going to provide an up-to-date spreadsheet and new graphics showing the gender statistics of Google Doodles in the U.S. and around the world.

This post officially kicks off the 2012 Midpoint Series! Throughout the week, lots of new content will be coming up; you can track all of this content on the 2012 Midpoint Series page. The Midpoint benchmark is a great opportunity to call some attention to the sad state of gender representation in Google Doodles, so please be sure to spread the message!

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