Video-based Google Doodle marks International Women’s Day

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The Google Doodle marking this year's International Women's Day

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Internet search giant Google is celebrating International Women’s Day a day early today, with an animated and video-based Doodle on its homepage.

Internet search giant Google is celebrating International Women’s Day a day early today, with a video-based stylised Google logo on its homepage.

When landing on Google’s homepage, a user will see a colourful animated Doodle. The word ‘Google’ contains a ‘play’ button in the second ‘o’ of the word ‘Google’. Animated Venus symbols for women – circles with crosses below – are also scattered below the word.

Clicking on the ‘play’ button launches a YouTube video that features all kinds of women wishing viewers a happy International Women’s Day – kids, students, businesswomen, cartoon character Dora the Explorer, and even a muppet.

One notable appearance in the video is Malala Yousafzai, the now 16-year-old student and education activist from Pakistan who had been shot by a Taliban gunman in October 2012.

Music plays in the background of the video, and at its end a banner reading ‘Happy International Women’s Day!’ wiggles below the Google logo.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Equality for Women is Progress for All’.

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s year-long campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Today, we kick off the campaign’s second year. Let’s change the ratio.

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Tina held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto

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