Google Invites Girls to Dream Big on International Women’s Day

The tech giant wants them to tweet their goals using the hashtag #OneDayIWill.
Mar 8, 2016·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

Illustrations of legendary women like civil rights activist Ida B. Wells and physicist Emmy Noether have long graced the Google home page, giving web users a mini history lesson while searching for the latest presidential primary results or celebrity scandal. Rather than focusing on women of the past, on Tuesday the Google Doodle featured upcoming revolutionaries, honoring International Women’s Day.

In the video above, the Google Doodle team traveled to 13 countries and spoke with more than 300 women and girls. The team asked them to complete the sentence “One day I will...” They spoke boldly, saying what they will achieve rather than listing them as hopes or dreams.

Two little girls in Paris want to learn karate. A woman in Lagos, Nigeria, strives to become the poet of her generation. A woman in New Delhi plans to become a neurosurgeon.

While the featured women voiced their own personal goals, such as traveling the world, many of their aspirations highlighted the barriers women and girls continue to face.

A London woman’s commitment to open her own lab also serves to boost gender diversity in science—a sector in which women only represent 14 percent of the workforce. Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai reaffirmed her pledge to send every girl to school, drawing attention to the 62 million girls worldwide that are not receiving an education.

The video reflects the goals of International Women’s Day, with this year’s theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,” a call to accelerate action for gender parity in the next 15 years.

The Google Doodle team said it hopes that the video will inspire others to dream big and encouraged women and girls to tweet their ambitions on social media with the hashtag #OneDayIWill.