Happy International Women's Day 2017!

It’s always an honor to pay tribute to women who have changed the course of history, even in hard times and have paved the way to where we are today. The Doodle takes us to the past and celebrates the achievements of female pioneers in science, civil rights, journalism, sports, arts, technology and beyond.

According to Google,

“Although some of the women showcased in today’s Doodle aren’t household names, each made a mark in her own way. They pursued a range of professions and passions and hailed from an array of backgrounds and countries. In fact, all of these women have been featured in individual Doodles in the past, but often only in their countries of origin. So today we’re taking the opportunity to share their stories with everyone.”

Google continued “After all, that’s part of the original spirit of International Women’s Day: giving a voice to women who might not otherwise be heard. It all started in 1908, when a group of women gathered in New York City to demand fair pay, better working conditions, and the right to vote. Their commitment to equality sparked similar events in other countries. In 1911, the first official International Women’s Day rallies were held in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. The day is now observed in a myriad of countries and a multitude of ways.”

The slideshow Doodle features a little girl whose grandmother tells her the best bedtime story ever: the tale of her favorite historical heroine. The little girl then visits 13 remarkable women in her imagination, taking us along on a journey that spans centuries and circles the globe.

“We hope you enjoy the journey through time and space to learn about these phenomenal women,” the statement adds.

Visit Google Arts & Culture for more pictures and information on these exceptional women