Google honoured women through creative doodles this year. The women-centric doodles spoke of free expression. Most of these doodles are on women who are leaders in their discipline who not only demystified myths encompassing women's capabilities but also worked towards empowering many others.
Read on to know five powerful women Google Doodle commemorated this year:
1. Madhubala's 86th Birthday- February 14
Madhubala, an icon of Hindi cinema who was also known as “The Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood” was born in the slums of Bombay, helped her family as a child actor. Soon she became a leading actress known for her grace on screen. Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi was born in a town located near the Bombay Talkies film studio.
In 1947 she landed the leading role in Neel Kamal at the age of 14, taking the name Madhubala. As the family's primary breadwinner, she worked hard to help her parents and four sisters. Madhubala had appeared in nine films in 1949, including a breakout performance in the box office hit Mahal.
She appeared in over 70 films over the course of her profession. Madhubala named “The Biggest Star in the World” in 1952 by Theatre Arts magazine, won worldwide recognition for her work.
2. International Women's Day 2019- March 8
Women from across the world made this doodle. In it, are inspirational quotes in various languages by 13 international female trailblazers. Linking to the broader theme of “women empowering women,” the quotes are designed by an exceptional group of female guest artists from around the world.
3. Muthulakshmi Reddi's 133rd Birthday- June 30
Today's Google Doodle celebrates Indian educator,lawmaker,surgeon & reformer Dr Muthulakshmi Reddi.— Swacch (Uro)Surgeon (@viswas_mr) July 30, 2019
After losing her sister to cancer,she launched the Adayar Cancer Institute in Chennai in 1954. One of most respected oncology centers in world,treating over 80,000 pts every year. pic.twitter.com/Td1QbOWJwO
Muthulakshmi Reddi, the Indian educator, lawmaker, surgeon, and reformer. Muthulakshmi Reddi broke down barriers throughout her life. Reddi devoted her life to public health and the battle against gender inequality. She transformed the lives of countless people, especially young girls.
After losing a sister to cancer, she started the Adayar Cancer Institute in 1954. One of the most respected oncology centres in the world it treats some 80,000 patients each year. She won the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
4. Amrita Pritam's 100th Birthday- August 31
#Amrita Pritam’s 100th Birthday #— Goggle Doddle (@GoggleDoddle) August 30, 2019
Date: August 31, 2019
Today’s Doodle celebrates Amrita Pritam, one of history’s foremost female Punjabi writers, who “dared to live the life she imagines.” Born in Gujranwala, British India, 100 years ago today, Pritam published her first … pic.twitter.com/cvu75CqzaQ
Amrita Pritam is one of history's foremost female Punjabi writers. She dared to live the life she imagined. Born in Gujranwala, British India, 100 years ago, this year, Pritam published her first collection of verse at age 16.
Throughout a six-decade career, Pritam received many awards including the Bharatiya Jnanpith literary award in 1981 and one of India's highest civilian awards, the Padma Vibushan, in 2005. That same year a French translation of her novel, The Skeleton, won the La Route des Indes Literary Prize.
5. Kamini Roy's 155th Birthday- October 12
Google doodle today honors Kamini Roy— All India Mahila Congress (@MahilaCongress) October 12, 2019
Kamini Roy was the torchbearer of girls education in British India. She was first honors graduate. Kamini graduated with a bachelor of arts degree with Sanskrit honours from Bethune College of the University of Calcutta in 1886. pic.twitter.com/GQl3Ksgnsw
“Why should a woman be confined to home and denied her rightful place in society?” wrote Bengali poetess, educationist, and activist Kamini Roy in 1924. This Doodle celebrates the first woman to graduate with honours in the history of India, who went on to advocate the rights of women.
During a time when women were required to focus on marriage, Kamini decided to pursue her education. In 1886, she graduated in Sanskrit from Bethune College, receiving her B.A. with honours.
She formed organisations to champion causes she believed in; she helped elevate feminism on the Indian subcontinent. She also strived to help Bengali women win the right to vote in 1926.
Saumya Rastogi is an intern with SheThePeople.TV