May 4th: Audrey Hepburn!

Things have been pretty quiet around here at Speaking Up — because things have also been quiet for Google Doodles, at least in the United States. I’m very happy to announce the Doodle that drew me back to the Speaking Up project:

Today, Google is honoring the incomparable Audrey Hepburn, about whom I first wrote back on May 4th, 2012. Two years later, her 85th birthday (she was born May 4, 1929) has brought her to the front page of the most visited website in the world.

A Google Doodle honoring Audrey Hepburn, posted on May 4th, 2014.

A Google Doodle honoring Audrey Hepburn, posted on May 4th, 2014.

Below the fold, I’ll share the same enthusiastic endorsement of Hepburn’s Doodle-worthiness that I wrote in 2012.

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March 22nd: Agnes Martin! & March 24th: Dorothy Height!

I was out of town for a few days over the past week, and managed to miss an opportunity to comment on not one, but two Google Doodles honoring remarkable women. Today, I finally had the chance to sit down and write about this two Doodle-worthy, and Doodle-honored, women, Agnes Martin and Dorothy Height.

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February 27th: John Steinbeck & Marian Anderson

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 112th birthday of John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, among other American classics. Here at Speaking Up, I’m finding it incredibly refreshing that the first 3 U.S. Doodles of the year honored women, so that in 2014, Steinbeck is the exception thus far. We’ll learn about another American artist born on this day: Marian Anderson.

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February 1st: Harriet Tubman!

Yesterday, Google Doodles continued their excellent record in 2014 by honoring abolitionist, suffragist, heroine, and leader of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman.

Tubman was born sometime between 1820 and 1825; because her parents were slaves, the details of her birthdate and place were not recorded, and are lost to history. For that reason, the Doodles team wouldn’t be able to honor Tubman on her birthday, but used her Doodle to usher in Black History Month here in the U.S. As part of my research for Speaking Up, I’ve thought quite a bit about how many key figures in women’s history do not have recorded birthdates (more on that coming soon, in a new project!) — so I applaud the Doodles team for using this opportunity to honor an incredible figure in our nation’s history.

The Google Doodle honoring Harriet Tubman, posted on February 1st, 2014.

The Google Doodle honoring Harriet Tubman, posted on February 1st, 2014.

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Doodle-Worthy Women of February

Historically, February has been a busy month both for Speaking Up and for actual Google Doodles honoring women. In years past, Google posted Doodles honoring Rosa Parks (though not on her birthday) and Anna Pavlova. Here at Speaking Up, we’ve highlighted at least 3 women with February birthdates: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Susan B. Anthony, and Augusta Savage. Also, this month in 2013, a worldwide Doodle honored Mary Leakey, while Sweden honored Elsa Beskow and Google users in Norway saw a tribute to Anne-Cath. Vestly.

Here are five other tremendous, history-making women, born in the month of February, who would be incredible candidates for future Doodles:

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