This morning, I woke up to find yet another female-focused Doodle on Google’s homepage. Today’s honoree is environmentalist, advocate, biologist, and author Rachel Carson. Born on this date in 1907, Carson’s efforts are credited with spurring action in the U.S. environmental and conservation movement, earning her a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Google Doodle honoring Rachel Carson, posted on May 27th, 2014.
My friend and colleague Elizabeth Rogers wrote about Rachel Carson for this blog back in the summer of 2012. For today’s post, I’ll point you to that earlier missive on Carson’s achievements and legacy; those words serve as an even more fitting tribute now that Google has seen fit to honor Rachel Carson.
Today, a globally-posted Google Doodle honors famed British paleontologist Mary Anning, credited with key fossil discoveries from the Jurassic era. Here, we’ll learn a bit more about Anning, her career, and her contributions to science.
The Doodle celebrating the birth of Mary Anning, posted May 21st, 2014.
Today’s Google Doodle honors Dorothy Hodgkin, a Nobel Prize-winning British chemist born on this date in 1910. Speaking Up first wrote about Hodgkin last year, as one of our May honorees for the Doodle-Worthy Women series.
The Google Doodle celebrating the birth of Dorothy Hodgkin, posted May 12, 2014.
Today, let’s take another look at this illustrious scientist.
This month, we’ll look at 4 remarkable, Doodle-Worthy women from around the world:
The second U.S. Google Doodle of the year honors zoologist and primatologist Dian Fossey, born on this day in 1932. For the time being, 100% of U.S. Doodles in 2014 have been dedicated to incredible women, something I didn’t know that I’d ever see when I started this project. I hope that the Doodles team keeps up this good work and continues on a path of coming to truly respect and desire diversity.
I wrote about Fossey on this date last year, when the Doodle that day honored Frank Zamboni. Today’s post will be a small update on that earlier one.
The Google Doodle honoring Dian Fossey on what would have been her 82nd birthday.
(Just a note: Google Doodles have recently changed their “Finder” algorithm so that Doodles not shown in the United States are nevertheless labeled as “Global.” This is making my job of sorting through them a bit more difficult, but FYI, the Simone de Beauvoir Doodle was not displayed in the U.S.)
Today, Google has posted another great Doodle, this one very long overdue. They’re honoring computer scientist and Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, whose many accomplishments in computing paved the way for our digital world.
The Google Doodle honoring Grace Hopper’s birthday, posted on December 9th, 2013.
For November 2013, here’s Speaking Up’s list of incredible Doodle-Worthy women — all of whom could have been honored with a Doodle this past month, but were not:
Today’s Doodle honors Shakuntala Devi, making her the third woman who has been honored with a U.S. Doodle in the past two weeks. That is something the Google Doodles program has never done before, and I applaud them for it. While they still have a long way to go to achieve gender parity, this indicates they’re making a real effort. I’m excited as the end of the year approaches, and look forward to sharing 2013’s statistics (and comparing them to the disappointing results of 2012).
The Doodle honoring Shakuntala Devi, posted on November 4th, 2013.
That’s for another post — today, let’s learn more about today’s honoree!
I’ve fallen behind here at Speaking Up, so this month, I’ll be sharing a list of Doodle-Worthy Women born in the months of September and October. This super-sized list includes 2 honorees born in September and 4 born in October, none of whom have been recognized with a Google Doodle:
This month, we’ll take a look at another set of 5 incredible, Doodle-Worthy women — those whose achievements could have been, but weren’t, recognized by Google this past month: