By Jan Carlo Anolin
Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day (IWD) and Google honored women anew by commissioning female artists and design studios around the world to illustrate famous quotes from inspirational women.
Following the theme “women empowering women,” Google Doodle highlighted different illustrations of quotes from 13 women known in different fields, who empowered and inspired people and other women from generation to generation.
“The process of choosing the 13 quotes was extremely difficult, but we aimed to include a diverse representation of voices on a day which celebrates the past, present, and future community of diverse women around the world,” Google said in its blog.
Compiled in a slideshow, the doodle opens first with “woman” written and translated in 11 different languages namely Arabic, Bangla, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Once clicked, the slideshow can be swiped as it shows different illustrated quotes in their local language with an English translation beside it.
Here are the women featured in the Google Doodle:
1. American astronaut and physician Dr. Mae Jemison
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
2. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo
“Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly?
3. German writer Emma Herwegh
“Let nothing bind you in the world other than your highest inner truth.”
4. Japanese multimedia artist Yoko Ono
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
5. Indian diplomat NL Beno Zephine
“We are too precious to let disappointments enter our minds.”
6. Indian boxer Mary Kom
“Do not say you are weak, because you are a woman.”
7. Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector
“I am stronger than myself.”
8. British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid
“I really believe in the idea of the future.”
9. British writer and suffragette Millicent Fawcett
“Courage calls to courage everywhere.”
10. Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva
“Wings are freedom only when they are wide open in flight. On one’s back they are a heavy weight.”
11. French novelist George Sand
“The future can awaken in a more beautiful way than the past.”
12. Chinese-born Taiwanese writer Sanmao
“A person who has at least one dream has a reason to be strong.”
13. Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie.
“I matter. I matter equally. Not ‘If only’, not ‘as long as’. I matter. Full stop.”
According to the International Women’s Day website, March 8 is the global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women as well as the call to action for accelerating gender parity.