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Google Celebrates International Women’s Day with a Symbolic Google Doodle

Google today is celebrating the 101st International Women’s Day by featuring a colorful doodle on their home page by replacing their standard Google logo with a simple colorful symbolic illustration that forms the word “Google.”

The first letter in the Google Doodle for Women’s Day is the female gender sign, which appears like the letter “G”. The “O” in Google is significant of the “bindi”, a forehead decoration worn in South Asia – particularly in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Mauritius, while the third symbol is a marigold-yellow flower, representing the second “O” in Google. The colors are in sync with Google’s official logo colors – blue, red, yellow and green, except that the violet shades visually depict the Women’s Day logo itself.

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8 of every year is an event for “globally recognizing and applauding women’s achievements as well as for observing and highlighting gender inequalities and issues.”

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women that ranges from culture to culture, remembering women’s achievements socially, economically and politically. It was first observed in the United States as National Women’s Day on 28 February 1909.

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IWD was first celebrated on March 18, 1911 in four European countries – Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The United Nations began officially supporting and sponsoring the event since 1975, the year that was designated as International Women’s Year.

There are over thousands of events conducted worldwide to celebrate and honor women’s causes and achievements in every field.  The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty. The European Parliament has come up with the slogan – “Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value.”

International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, China (for women only), Ukraine, Vietnam, and many other countries. Here are some of the Google Doodles dedicated to Women in the past several years –