13 female pioneers featured in International Women’s Day’s Google Doodle

Today’s Google Doodle appears in celebration of International Women’s Day, shining a light on thirteen pioneers of the female movement.

The Google slideshow features a variety of women from all over the world, who fought for equality both in their working environment and home-life.

Ada Lovelace

Born in 1815, Ada Lovelace was the world’s first computer programmer. She came up with many ideas and algorithms that are still present in computers today.

Ida Wells

Ida Wells wrote prolifically on the fight for civil rights. She quickly established herself as a writer to be heard, which lead to her becoming the editor for Free Speech and Headlight at 25 years old.

Lotifa El Nadi

Egypt’s first female pilot born in 1907 in Cairo. Rebelling against her family, she worked as a secretary at a flying school in exchange for lessons. Her achievements received worldwide coverage when she flew over the pyramids and won several international flying races.

Frida Kahlo


The Mexican painter and activist’s work has been celebrated internationally by feminists for it’s realistic depiction of the female experience and of Mexican traditions.

Lina Bo Bardi

A Brazilian architect who is celebrated for her furniture designs. She devoted her life to the promotion of the social and cultural potential of designing and architecture. She designed the São Paulo Museum of Art in Brazil.

Olga Skorokhodova

Skorokhodova was a researcher who focused on deaf and blind communication. Her work has been imperative to the progression and growth of deaf and blind students.

Miriam Makeba

A singer and actress, Makeba was very vocal about civil rights and utilised her platform by speaking about oppression in South Africa.

She used her fame and success as a platform to speak about the oppression in South Africa.

Sally Ride

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Because of her gender, she was asked questions such as, “Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?” Afterwards her space career, she became a professor of physics and wrote a book based around climate change.

Halet Cambel

Born in 1916, Cambel became the first Muslim women to compete in the Olympics as a fencer at the 1936 Berlin games. At the end of the Second World War, she trained as an architect and later worked as an academic in Turkey and Germany.

Rukmini Devi

Devi, an Indian dancer who features in India’s ‘100 people who shaped India’. She was also an activist and the first chair of the Animal Welfare Board of India.

Cecilia Grierson
Grierson became the first woman in Argentina to earn a medical degree. She also founded the first nursing home and became an advocate for women’s rights.
Lee Tai-young

Korea’s first female lawyer and judge. She also fought for civil rights in the country and was arrested in 1977 for her beliefs.

Suzanne Lenglen

Born in 1899, the French tennis champion helped to gain recognition for women in sport. At 15, she became the youngest ever championship winner.

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