Do Google Doodles Need to Celebrate More Women of Color?

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Do Google Doodles Need to Celebrate More Women of Color?

A report found that Google Doodles celebrate white men the most and women of color the least on the search engine's homepage, according to an organization named Spark.

Published February 28, 2014

A Google Doodle of African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston. (Photo: Google)

Google Doodles have grown as a part of popular culture as they use art to acknowledge important historical figures and holidays from around the world. But a new report says the search-engine company should do better in celebrating more women of color in their doodles.

An organization named Spark has released a report that states the company features more white men than they do anyone else; and women of color the least. They have also launched a campaign calling for Google to show more of this least represented demographic.

SPARK, an activist movement working to end the sexualization of women and girls in media, began their research in September 2013.

From 2010-2013, Google celebrated 445 individuals on its homepages throughout the world, according to SPARK. "19 were women of color, 54 were white women, 82 were men of color, and an overwhelming 275 were white men," Celeste Montaño writes in a statement.

The report also states that there hasn’t been a single Asian, Latina, or indigenous woman featured in a Global Doodle as of February 2014. Global Doodles are those that are seen around the world and not just regionally. The research also reports that the first women of color were not honored in Global Doodles until 2013. 

In 2014, so far Harriet Tubman and Zora Neale Hurston have been featured in Doodles within the U.S. Japanese writer Raicho Hiratsuka was featured, but only in Japan. Also in 2013, singer Ella Fitzgerald and South African singer Miriam Makeba were honored globally. 

Based on this research, do you think Google has an issue with featuring more women of color in doodles around the world? 

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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