2012 Google Doodle Sexism Watch

112 Doodles honoring birthdays. 97 men. 15 women. (As counted on 12/20/2012 on the Google Doodle site.)

Male Birthdays Honored in 2012:

1. Oskar Luts
2. Charles Addams
3. Luis Coloma
4. Nicolas Steno
5. Dr. Martin Luther King
6. Omar Rayo
7. Federico Fellini
8. Vladmir Vysotsky
9. Jože Plečnik
10. I.L. Caragiale
11. François Truffaut
12. Atahualpa Yupanqui
13. Ito Jakuchu
14. Charles Dickens
15. Heinrich Rudolf Hertz
16. Ibn Battuta
17. Hyo-seok Lee
18. Gioachino Rossini
19. János Arany
20. Quinquela Martín
21. Heitor Vila Lobos
22. Alessandro Manzoni
23. Akira Yoshizawa
24. Mohammed Abdel Wahab
25. Cesar Vallejo
26. Juan Gris
27. Mies van der Rohe
28. Lee Jung-seob
29. Eadweard J. Muybridge
30. Elias Lönnrot
31. Wilhelm Busch
32. Robert Doisneau
33. Eduard Slavoljub Penkala
34. Antero de Quental
35. Jan Kaplický
36. Friedrich Fröbel
37. Theo Angelopoulos
38. Gideon Sundback
39. Ramón y Cajal
40. Tato Bores
41. Keith Haring
42. Władysław Reymont
43. Howard Carter
44. Mahmoud Mokhtar
45. Edward Lear
46. Juan Rulfo
47. Omar Khayyam
48. Minakata Kumagusu
49. Robert Moog
50. Rafael Escalona
51. Peter Carl Fabergé
52. Francisco Pascasio Moreno
53. Johann Gottfried Galle
54. Viktor Tsoi
55. Yuri Kondratyuk
56. Alan Turing
57. Luigi Pirandello
58. Sergiu Celibidache
59. Josef Ressel
60. José Pablo Moncayo
61. JJ Rousseau
62. František Křižík
63. Yanka Kupala
64. José María Velasco
65. Gustav Klimt
66. Santos Dumont
67. Cassiano Branco
68. Alexander Grin
69. Rhazes
70. Al-Biruni
71. Adolfo Bioy Casares
72. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
73. Edgar Valter
74. David Unaipon
75. Howard Florey
76. Anton Bernolak
77. Francisco Gabilondo Soler
78. Niels Bohr
79. Hisashige Tanaka
80. Ivo Andrić
81. Jonas Maciulis-Maironis
82. Bob Ross
83. L.S. Lowry
84. Samuil Marshak
85. Odysseas Elitis
86. Paul Abadie
87. Feng Zikai
88. Auguste Rodin
89. Roberto Matta
90. Amadeu de Souza-Cardoso
91. Otto von Guericke
92. Ernie Coombes
93. Hryhorii Skovoroda
94. Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
95. Xul Solar
96. Luiz Gonzaga
97. Zoltán Kodály

Women’s Birthdays Honored in 2012:

1. Anna Pavlova
2. May Ziade
3. Agniya Barto
4. Marcela Paz
5. Grace Cossington-Smith
6. Ruby Payne-Scott
7. Amelia Earhart
8. Julia Child
9. Consuelo Velázquez
10. Maria Montesorri
11. Chabuca Granda
12. Clara Schumann
13. Solomiya Krushelnytska
14. Alicia Moreau de Justo
15. Ada Lovelace


14 responses to “2012 Google Doodle Sexism Watch

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  3. Sam

    I get the feeling you are trying to complain this is sexism, but you don’t have enough information here to do that, what you need to do is find out what the criteria for being doodled is, and then make a fair assessment of whether a proportionate number of women are being used.

    • That’s because you’re a mansplaining genius, Sam.

      You might have read somewhere that women are fully half the human population. Doesn’t make much sense, given that fact, for there to be a 48-5 mismatch in how their birthdays are recognized. Oh, you know, except for institutionalized sexism. We little wimmins don’t need your help recognizing it, we do fine on our own, thanks anyway.

      • Sam

        I apologise if my reasoned logic offends you.

      • Antonie

        Could it possibly be not so much sexist, as a recognition that because of historic sexism, there are less women that have accomplished ‘publically recognised’ historic feats.

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying women are less capable, or have done less amazing things. I’m saying that due to past sexism, the vast majority of women who have done amazing things have gone unrecognized.

        Therefore, it’s easier to find a list with ‘accomplished men’. Not because they have accomplished more, but because they have been recognised more for it.

        Although, I think historically men *have* accomplished more. Not because they are better, but because historically they *could*. Women couldn’t…

      • You guys do realize that you’re suggesting social engineering that will mostly show results years later through the children who end up seeing it?
        The first guy Sam was right in that what you normally would do is find out what the criteria for being gDoodled is, and then determine if there’s a disproportionate amount before you start calling Google sexist.
        It doesn’t make Google sexist if they said “everyone who has made a scientific discovery” will be in the pool to be gDoodled this year and then selected at random.

        The random chance could carefully select one more black man than Korean man. Or society could have made it so that Korean men didn’t have enough chances growing up to make a discovery. But it’s not Google’s responsibility and it doesn’t make them sexist or racist if they don’t pick a criteria that has a fair representation of the way “things ought to be”.
        Everyone has their own opinion of the “way things out to be”.
        Google’s just going by “how it is”
        And btw no that’s not
        “man’splaining” stuff. What is that and what’s wrong with you for using that kind of hateful sexist language? Your hypocrisy eludes you in all your hatred but it doesn’t elude me. Seriously, liberalism actually IS seeming more and more like a mental disorder to me the more I hear ignorant comments under the guise of “equality”. I didn’t want to believe it, but I’m a more than fair person and it’s what I’m seeing. Too bad you guys give rational liberals a bad name.

  4. rachel

    Ever think that institutional sexism has meant that it’s often men who succeed. Like Mrs Lintott says in Alan Bennett’s History Boys: “Because history’s not such a frolic for women as it is for men. Why should it be? They never get round the conference table. In 1919, for instance, they just arranged the flowers, then gracefully retired. History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with a bucket”

  5. jovan b.

    Google is clearly showing their sexism with the Doodle. And not only that, but they are also so dumb, no one in their maps department knows jack about engineering.

    I had to go on Bing to find the correct address for the House of Pizza – one of my contacts – in Bamberg, South Carolina. Google had the address listed as 210 RAILROAD AVE – a 10-year-old address that was done away with when Bamberg County switched to the present-day E-911 addressing – when the correct address is 11995 HERITAGE HWY.

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