Doodle-Worthy Women of October

[Ed. note: Whoops, got a little caught up in work this week, so this post is coming out later than intended!]

Here we are, at the end of another month! In October 2012, only one woman was honored with a Google Doodle anywhere in the world — Alicia Moreau de Justo‘s Doodle was shown in Argentina on October 11th. Continuing our monthly tradition here at Speaking Up, here are five more Doodle-Worthy Women born in the month of October:

Jan Morris, born October 2, 1926, is a still-living Welsh historian whose many books focus on travel, histories of the British Isles, and detailed portraits of major cities around the globe. Morris has taken on the project of visiting all of the cities she classifies as the world’s “great” cities,  including Venice, Sydney, and Beijing. She has also written about her experiences as a trans woman and about her transition in 1972.

Portrait of Jan Morris (courtesy of her Tumblr,

Louise Fitzhugh, born October 5, 1928, was the author of young adult fiction including, of course, the incomparable classic Harriet the Spy. Her works for children earned Fitzhugh many major awards, including a New York Times citation for Outstanding Book of the Year, and an Emmy for a special based on Nobody’s Family is Going to Change.

Moturu Udayam, born October 13, 1924, was an Indian activist, politician, and crusader for women’s rights. She served as a Vice President of the All India Democratic Women’s Association for two decades. A trust in her name serves to support her activism for women’s development and freedom from exploitation, even after her death.

Isabel Briggs Myers, born October 18, 1897, is a household name as the co-creator (along with her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs) of the Myers-Briggs personality test. Their work was based on a deep understanding of Carl Jung’s studies of how people make decisions, and focused on making a practical tool for understanding various “types” of people. The well-known questionnaire is based on dichotomous ways different people view the world: extraversion vs. introversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, and judgment vs. perception. This personality inventory is available in 16 different languages and has been taken by millions of people. Briggs Myers continued to test and refine the inventory over several decades and used it to carry out a long-term longitudinal study.

Isabel Briggs Myers.

Juliette Gordon Low, October 31, 1860, was the founder of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. She was introduced to the concept of scouting for young women by the UK’s Girl Guides. In 1912, Gordon Low started to recruit women in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, to the first troop here in the US. Today, GSA is the world’s largest educational organization for girls. Gordon Low has been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and with a commemorative stamp by the United States Postal Service, and is an inductee to the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Juliette Gordon Low.


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