2014 Essay Contest International Womens Day

Women have historically been underrepresented in almost all fields: science, school curricula, business, politics — and, sadly, doodles. In addition to our continued effort for doodle diversity and inclusion, this truly International Women’s Day doodle features a host of over a 100 inspiring women from around the world.

Here is the full list (in order of appearance):

Cee Chatpawee, TV host, IT Princess, Thailand

Chinaza Godwin Christiana, Student, Nigeria

Easkey Britton, Surfer and the first woman to surf in Iran, PhD and doctoral candidate, Ireland

Rahimah Yussof, Developer group leader, Brunei

Chen Yuhong, School teacher, China

Naho Okamoto, Jewelry designer, Japan

Mary Kom, Five-time World Boxing champion, India

Funlayo Adewale, Canteen owner, Nigeria

Jennifer Luo & Yi-hsin Chen, Mothers to be, Taiwan

Alifiyah Ganjee, Developer group leader, Kenya

Karnataka State Home Guard, India

Ana Cecilia Castillo, Developer group leader, Guatemala

Rivka Carmi, President of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Founded the place2be and Kids Company, caring for 17,000 children, UK/Iran

Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania

Sarah Sechan, TV personality and entertainer, Indonesia

Shoko Uemura, Under-23 Women's Football Team member, Japan

Janet Mock, Trans woman rights activist and author, USA

Harusoga Fujima, Professional Nihon Buyo dancer (traditional dance), Japan

Mara Gabrilli, Congresswoman & Brazil's spokesperson for people with disabilities, Brazil

Maria da Penha, Women's rights advocate, named the law protecting women from domestic violence, Brazil

Viviane Senna, Entrepreneur and founder of NGOs, Brazil

Marta Silva, Awarded multiple times by FIFA golden ball as best female soccer player in the world, Brazil

Students, Guatemala

Maia Sandu, Minister of education, Moldova

Chamki, Adventurous and inquisitive schoolgirl muppet, India

Christine Van Broeckhoven, Molecular biologist, Belgium

Tanha Islam, Aspiring engineer, Bangladesh

Jake Feinler, Former head of Network Information Center at Stanford and Internet Hall of Fame member, USA

Iryna Velychko, Galyna Korniyenko & Marina Derkach, Developer group organizers, Ukraine

Marisa Millán, Proud grandma, Spain

Noelle Wenceslao, Janet Belarmino & Carina Dayondon, First Filipinas to climb Mount Everest, Philippines

Clarisse Reille, Managing Director of French Professional Committee for Apparel Economy Development, France

Gesche Joost, Professor of Design Research and one of Germany's "100 masterminds of tomorrow", Germany

Dora, Explorer

Nogah Dufresne, Multinational baby, France/Israel

Tooba Shaikh, Aspiring Developer, Pakistan

Katelyn Donnelly, Executive Director of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, USA/UK

Catherine Koo, Chairlady of United Christian College Parents Teachers Association, Hong Kong

Roba Al Assi, Blogger, Jordan

SOS Lambrate, Ambulance volunteers, Italy

Camila Bernal Villegas, Director of the CRAN Foundation and cancer survivor, Colombia

Malala Yousafzai, Education activist, Pakistan

Ashaji, Holds a Guinness World Record as most recorded artist in music history, India

Nonna Grishaeva, Actress, comedian and singer, Russia

Ndileka Xameni, Runs an orphanage, South africa

İpek Hanım's Farm, Business woman turned farmer and her village , Turkey

Prof. Jacqueline A. Oduol, Gender expert fighting for Women's and children's rights, Kenya

Martha Debayle, Radio personality, named one of the 50th most powerful women in Mexico by Forbes, Mexico

Alenka Godec, One of the most prominent jazz and pop singers in Slovenia, Slovenia

Zakeeya Patel, Actress, dancer and winner of South Africa's Strictly Come Dancing 2013, South Africa

Astrid Sartiasari, Singer, Indonesia

Jenny Chan, Ella Wong & Ching Hoi Man, Spokeswomen, Hong Kong

Isadora Faber, Education activist, 14 years old, Brazil

Refiloe Khaoli, Copyrighter, South Africa

Serena Gu, Grace Liang & Sharon Tam, University start-ups advocates, Hong Kong

Anne Geddes, Renowned photographer and women's advocate, Australia

Cecilia Chung, Social justice & human rights activist, HK/US

Diaa Elyaacoubi, Serial entrepreneur, named Entrepreneur of the Year 2004, France

Ros Juan, Entrepreneur and Social advocate, Philippines

Funmi Victor-Okigbo, Events Production Designer, Nigeria

Chen Junlan and QiQiGe, Office workers, China

Tarryn Tomlinson, Inspiring quadriplegic working with disadvantaged youth, South Africa

Zahira Asmal, Founder of Design South Africa, South Africa

Foluso Olaniyan, Agricultural pioneer, Nigeria

Jirawadee Sudta, Awarded National Excellent Youth in law and protection of children's rights, Thailand

Thanks to our amazing editor Morgan Stiff, Zap Mama for the wonderful music, and all the women and girls who participated.

Happy International Women's Day!

Posted by Liat Ben-Rafael

Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in the global agricultural labour force.

They till the lands and plant seeds to feed nations, ensure food security for their communities and build climate resilience. Yet, on almost every measure of development, because of deep seated gender inequalities and discrimination, rural women fare worse than rural men or urban women. For instance, less than 20 per cent of landholders worldwide are women, and while the global pay gap between men and women stand at 23 per cent, in rural areas, it can be as high as 40 per cent. They lack infrastructure and services, decent work and social protection, and are left more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Rural women and their organizations represent an enormous potential, and they are on the move to claim their rights and improve their livelihoods and wellbeing. They are using innovative agricultural methods, setting up successful businesses and acquiring new skills, pursuing their legal entitlements and running for office.

On 8 March, join activists around the world and UN Women to seize the moment, celebrate, take action and transform women’s lives everywhere. The time is NOW.

International Women’s Day 2018: The Time is Now

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