International Women’s Day 2019: Google Doodle Celebrates India’s Ace Boxer Mary Kom

Guwahati, March 8, 2019

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, Google has created a doodle to honour female trailblazers from around the world. In the interactive doodle, Google showcased an inspirational quote by champion pugilist from Manipur, Mary Kom in Bengali.

The interactive Google Doodle, dedicated to “women empowering women” is told and created by a talented group of female artists from around the globe.

The sixth quote in the slideshow features a quote by Mary, written in Bengali – Do not say you are weak because you are a woman.  The doodle was designed keeping in mind the larger theme of  “women empowering women,” and the boxer’s quote was designed by Sabeena Karnik, an Indian paper typographer and illustrator.

It may be mentioned, in the month of November 2018, Mary, a mother of three became the first woman boxer to win six world championship titles and now she is eyeing for gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Quotes in various languages by thirteen international female trailblazers – both past and present were showcased by Google Doodle. The doodle starts with the word ‘woman’ written in eleven different languages, including Hindi, Arabic, French, Bangla, Russian, Japanese, German, Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese, also featuring Argentinian graphic designer Yai Salinas’s work on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s and Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva’s famous quotes in her designs.

This year the theme of International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter and the 2019 initiative is aimed at gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and a celebration of women’s achievements, according to the International Women’s Day website.

History beat

As we all know International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year, it was first observed on February 28th, 1909, in New York. The 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8th became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.