May 27th: Rachel Carson!

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.

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.

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May 12th: Dorothy Hodgkin!

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.

The Google Doodle celebrating the birth of Dorothy Hodgkin, posted May 12, 2014.

Today, let’s take another look at this illustrious scientist.

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January 16th: Dian Fossey!

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.

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.)

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