Who runs the world? Girls!
Beyoncé may be exaggerating, but if there is any day worth busting out her ode to female empowerment, it’s International Women’s Day. Google Doodle took a break from celebrating the birthdays of athletes and artists to highlight the over-100-year-old holiday on its homepage.
Today’s celebration was originally meant to acknowledge and champion the advancement of women in the working world – particularly to draw attention to poor working conditions and low wages among women working in factories. The International Women’s Day website has a pretty great timeline of the causes the group has championed over the years. Today, the day has more international appeal with women joining together to spotlight issues of inequality and access to opportunity all over the world. International Women’s Day isn’t just celebrated in the U.S. — it’s also an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
In addition, Google is getting artsy. Today’s sound-free Google Doodle image is almost an optical illusion. Cartoon images of a bunch of different women’s faces make up the background, while if you squint the white space in between the pictures spells out the word ‘Google.’ Is a Doodle celebrating M.C. Escher next?