I’m quite late this month, having not carved out time to write a Doodle-Worthy Women of April post. This morning, as I was reviewing Doodle statistics for the year to date, I realized why I wasn’t feeling the rush. So far, 49% of all Doodles posted in 2014 have honored women — and if you just look at the United States, that number shoots up to an astonishing 78%!
That progress is incredible and I think it shows that the Doodles team has finally woken up to reality. They’ve realized that they’ve done a terrible job of including women in their list of honorees, and I think they’ve also realized that history is a treasure trove of incredible contributions from women. If they keep this record up, they’ll be doing an admirable job of speaking up and out for women.
This month, I’ve decided to break with the tradition that I’ve started here at Speaking Up, because the Doodles team themselves have already done the work for me of identifying Doodle-Worthy Women. Today, I’ll write about 3 women who were honored with Doodles in April of 2014, all of them literary giants:
— Victoria Ocampo, born April 7, 1890, was an Argentinian author, editor, critic, and publisher who loomed large in Argentina’s intellectual circles. Ocampo’s greatest contribution to literature was through founding and publishing Sur, a literary magazine that published works from a range of influential authors, from Jorge Luis Borges to Albert Camus to Gabriela Mistral. She also published her own literary commentaries and biographies on topics ranging from Dante’s Divine Comedy to Emily Brontë. Ocampo was the first female fellow of the Argentine Academy of Letters and was the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize.
— Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, born April 18, 1874, was a Croatian author who wrote primarily for children. She was known for creating new stories in fairy-tale style that drew on traditional Slavic mythology. Her work has been translated widely throughout Europe and Asia. She was a four-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first woman to join the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts. Brlić-Mažuranić died by suicide in 1938.
— Charlotte Brontë, born April 21, 1816, was the oldest in the famed Brontë family of novelists. Charlotte, who published initially under the pseudonym Currer Bell, is best known for authoring Jane Eyre and Villette. Along with her sisters and brother, Charlotte spent much of her childhood inventing fantasy worlds, writing poetry and novellas about their created adventures. This foundation is given much of the credit for the significant literary output of the sisters once they were grown. Brontë’s first novel Jane Eyre was published when she was only 31, earning her critical favor and selling very well. Like all of her siblings, Charlotte died young, at only 38.