Today is International Women’s Day – a day that celebrates the achievements of women worldwide.
12 female artists from across the globe have been selected to portray their work in the Doodle – showing off their incredible work.
The women are from 12 different countries – from countries such as Japan and Pakistan – and they all have different stories to tell.
Google frequently celebrate the achievements of extraordinary women throughout history, and today they want to celebrate the stories and voices of everyday women across the world.
The female artists are from different backgrounds and are sharing their personal stories through their Doodles.
Each story represents a moment, person, or event that has impacted their lives as women.
Google says: “While each artist tells a unique story, the themes are universal, reminding us of how much we often have in common.
“We hope that the combined power of words and images help bring these stories to life in a way that invokes feelings of understanding, empathy and spirit of the day.”
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2018: Google Doodle are celebrating female artists
Who are the artists who were featured?
Anna Haifisch – Nov 1989
Anna Haifisch is an illustrator from Germany.
She said: "A thing people hopefully take away from my story is that circumstances can change for the better even though the world might look like a dark and grim place sometimes."
Chihiro Takeuchi – Ages and Stages
Chihiro is a renowned paper cut artist and illustrator from Osaka, Japan.
When asked what International Women’s Day means to her she said: “It means an opportunity to share the stories of Japanese women with the people all around the world, regardless of their age or gender and to inspire young women to change the new millennium for the better.”
Estelí Meza – My Aunt Blossoms
Estelí Meza is an artist from Mexico.
About International Women’s Day she said: “It is an effort to remember that a lot of inequality between women and men still exists. And the participation of everyone will help to have an egalitarian world.”
GOOGLE DOODLE: Anna Haifisch’s story Nov 1989
Francesca Sanna – The Box
Francesca Sanna is an illustrator and designer based in Zurich, Switzerland.
She wrote a poem to go with her illustration of a woman in a box.
Sometimes I get stuck in this dark box where everything seems difficult and overwhelming.
Here I feel lonely; I feel paralysed
What if, one day, I cannot move from here anymore?
You are right, this box is very dark
But I am here with you.
We are all here with you.
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Isuri Merenchi Hewage – Aarthi the Amazing
Isuri is an artist from Sri Lanka.
About her Google Doodle story she said: “I hope Aarthi's story inspires women to be brave and fearless; I hope it inspires women to keep on being courageous, and to weather through the rough seas of inequality.”
Karabo Poppy Moletsane – Ntsoaki’s Victory
Karabo is an illustrator, street artist and graphic designer from Johannesburg, South Africa.
She tells the story of a girl named Ntsoaki who wanted to join young men in their coming of age ritual of lion resting.
She said: “The chief was moved by her bold request and voted in her favour Ntsoaki’s technique was new and involved dancing the lion into yielding to her The village roared with songs of elation at Ntsoaki’s victory.”
DOODLE: Aarthi the Amazing is a story to inspire women to be brave
Kaveri Gopalakrishnan – Up on the Roof
Kaveri is an independent comic maker and illustrator from Bengaluru, India.
She tells the story of a young child sneaking out of her home and onto the roof to read comics.
She then turns into a crow and flies off into the distance.
About the story she said: “This is a story about books and building worlds.
“When I was very young and unsure of my own worth, it was reading that saved me.
“I didn't think I had the words to speak out for myself, and so wrote for myself and read other peoples words.”
Laerte – Love
Laerte is a Brazilian cartoonist, comic strip illustrator and screenwriter.
She tells the story of a woman falling in love with a man, but he finds out she was previously a man.
They realise that love is the most important thing, and they are reunited.
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Philippa Rice – Trust
Philippa Rice is an animator and illustrator from the UK.
About her story she said: “My story is about how overwhelming it is to become a mother and how talking to others and sharing your troubles can make you feel better.
“I hope that if anyone reads it and identifies with it, then they can at least feel that they're not alone.”
Saffa Khan – Homeland
Saffa Khan is an artist from Pakistan who currently resides in the UK.
About her story she said: “Being an immigrant, I want people to simply be able to empathize and visualize this small fragment of my most cherished memories of the home I had to leave behind and to understand that the love and support received from strong womanhood can help you accomplish anything.”
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Tillie Walden – Minutes
Tillie Walden is a comics artist from Texas, US.
She said: “IWD, to me, is about noticing and understanding just how vast and rich the definition of womanhood can be.
“There is no one way, or right way, to be a woman. And I feel like IWD is a celebration of that.”
Tunalaya Dunn – Inwards
Tunalaya Dunn is an artist from Thailand.
Her story is about supporting each other and loving yourself.
She said: “I would like people to feel a sense of unity and realize the impact within themselves.”
The celebration of women comes at the heels of an unprecedented movement for women’s rights.
There has been global campaigns all over the world in the form of #MeToo and #TimesUp – which bring sexual harassment and equal pay to the forefront of the agenda.
Although they could only pick 12 powerful women to share their art – Google are inviting all storytellers to post their personal stories, moments, events or people who have impacted their lives as women using #HerStoryOurStory on social media.