10 Women Google Doodles You Might Not Recognize
Google vice president Megan Smith has said she wants to use Google Doodles to highlight notable — though often overlooked — women in science and technology. But it’s not just STEM women that Google Doodles have honored in 2013, and here 10 female faces that showcase the diversity of women’s accomplishments around the world.
From top to bottom:
Maria Callas: renown American opera singer known for her impressive vocal range.
Wangari Maathai: Kenyan environmentalist, political activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
Mary Leakey: Archaeologist and anthropologist who discovered the first fossilized Proconsul skull and became known as one of the world’s most distinguished fossil hunters.
Edith Head: Iconic costume designer who won eight Academy Awards during her career.
Katherine Mansfield: New Zealand modernist short fiction writer.
Maria Mitchell: American astronomer who discovered the “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” in 1847.
Maria Elena Walsh: Argentine poet, novelist and musician, most lauded for her children’s literature, which has been compared to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
Emma Gad: Danish writer, socialite and satirist best known for her book of etiquette.
Shoshana Damari: Yemenite–Israeli singer known as the “Queen of Hebrew Music.”
Shakuntala Devi: Indian writer and child prodigy, popularly known as the “human calculator.”
"Only free men can negotiate. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated." —Nelson Mandela to then-South African President Pieter W. Botha, in 1985.
"Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell." —current South African President Jacob Zuma, announcing Mandela’s death today.
An article titled “8 Foes of Apartheid Get Life Terms in S. Africa" appeared in the L.A. Times on June 13, 1964. Here’s what the paper’s front page looked like on the day of Mandela’s release from prison, February 11, 1990. In December of that year, he spoke optimistically about South Africa’s future in this interview:
Q: What sort of South Africa do you envisage?
A: Very simple. It is a South Africa based on the Freedom Charter (a manifesto drawn up by the ANC and political allies in the 1950s), which is our basic policy; … a non-racial society where all population groups would enjoy equality before the law, and where all forms of racial discrimination were abolished. It is a South Africa where there will be a bill of rights defining the rights of citizens, a bill of rights that is entrenched by the ability of any person who considers his rights are threatened or violated to have access to an independent judiciary. It is a South Africa in which there will be political parties; where political dissent will not be dealt with in a way that shows a lack of patience and a lack of political tolerance.
Here’s Mandela’s obituary in the L.A. Times, by Deputy Managing Editor Scott Kraft, who covered Mandela as a reporter (you’ll see his byline more than once on the front page linked above); Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Bob Drogin, who described Mandela as “the most remarkable man I ever met” in a tweet today; and Johannesburg correspondent Robyn Dixon (who has also been covering today’s events on Twitter). More recommended reading: a timeline of Mandela’s life; a first-person account of growing up in a changing South Africa by Times photojournalist Jerome Adamstein; a recollection of his 1990 L.A. visit by columnist Patt Morrison; and Mandela’s own address to those assembled at a Cape Town rally upon his release from prison in February 1990.
Top photo: Mandela and his then-wife Winnie, along with L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley, on the steps of City Hall during a trip to Los Angeles on June 29, 1990. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Middle photo: Mandela holds up the key to the city that he was presented by Mayor Bradley, also on June 29, 1990. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Bottom photo: Mandela visits L.A.’s First AME Church on July 9, 1993. Credit: Los Angeles Times. More photos from Mandela’s life.
They call me “fixer,” but I don’t fix things.
Rather, I keep an inventory of broken things — broken lives, broken homes, broken promises. And then I spread them out like a street vendor for foreign journalists to choose from. Take me to this family, they say, the one that lost a child in the bombing. Take me to that shanty, the one with the exquisite squalor.
When journalists can’t cover something themselves, they ask fixers like me to capture the scene. One piece of recent news concerned the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, five of whom returned to Gaza. When the prisoners arrived, my fiance, a photographer like me, took the assignment. We’re used to spending hours waiting for a scene to coalesce. We wait and wait for an event, a person or an unexpected line of light. And then, all of a sudden, we spend mere seconds snapping a set of images that we hope will yield one photograph — just one — good enough to tell the story.
Photo: Jehad Saftawi
One of the defining characteristics of modern country music is its distinctly American way of acknowledging of class and place. Country singers have long embraced their working-class roots and expressed pride in the battles they fight to make rent; the genre’s everyday Joes and Janes are proud to be everyday, or maybe even a little trashy, as evidenced in older songs such as Confederate Railroad’s “Trashy Women,” and Garth Brooks’s “Friends in Low Places” as well as more recent songs such as Trace Adkins’s “Ladies Love Country Boys,” Blake Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone,” and Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman.”
As someone from a rural area, albeit a more-than- one-stoplight town, I can see why it’s liberating to let go of the typical American pressure to try and “move up” in society. Country music has catered to that urge for a long time. But recently, a few female country singers have stepped away from this point of view, portraying small-town narratives in a more melancholy light. Instead of endorsing the country lifestyle, these artists question small-town living, the value of tradition, and the virtue in staying in one’s place. Instead of leaving life unexamined and being happy to be to do so, Kacey Musgraves’s “Merry Go ’Round” and Brandy Clark’s “Pray to Jesus” ask why people continue down the same road as their parents did. And as encouraging as many of the rebellious “embrace-hick-culture” songs were, these new songs feel more appropriate for the time we’re living in.
Read more. [Image: AP/Wade Payne and Evan Agostini]
Time has picked the 13 “Gods of Food” for its November cover package, virtually ignoring the goddesses, and made it worse by excluding them in the accompanying graphic of culinary influences. Its editor Howard Chua-Eoan, in an interview with Eater:
Why are there no female chefs on the chef family tree?
"Well I think it reflects one very harsh reality of the current chefs’ world, which unfortunately has been true for years: it’s still a boys club… And when you look at this chart it’s very clear. It’s all men because men still take care of themselves. The women really need someone — if not men, themselves actually — to sort of take care of each other."
Why did you decide not to include any female chefs among your Gods of Food?
"[N]one of them have a restaurant that we believe matches the breadth and size and basically empire of some of these men that we picked. They have the reputation and all that and it’s an unfortunate thing."
“I don’t make the sad news; I just reflect it, like a mirror.”
From a NYT discussion: Why Do Female Chefs Get Overlooked?
“No women chefs among the magazine’s Gods of Food? Outrageous but accurate and, for that matter, obvious. …The relevant issue is why women do not move up in the kitchens of major restaurants… I suspect it’s due to restaurant kitchens’ militaristic command structure, and women tend not to thrive in such situations. (Don’t get me wrong; they’re not doing so well in other fields, either —- only two of the 10 most important ballet companies in the world are led by women.)
Excessive manliness is widespread in restaurant kitchens. … Female cooks have always been treated appallingly. Include sexual harassment — more verbal than physical — in the list of transgressions. So it’s no surprise that relatively few have even entered the business, much less gotten to the top.”
"Press coverage matters. David Chang, one of Time’s cover boys, would not be where he is today if he had not received an enormous amount of glowing and supportive press early in his career. …
Some people might assume that if the press isn’t giving more coverage to women then it’s because there aren’t enough female chefs who deserve the coverage. I would suggest that if you think the word “deserve” has anything to do with who gets press coverage then you don’t know anything about the real world. …
When Alain Ducasse opened his first restaurant in New York City, The Los Angeles Times wrote that he was the only chef in the history of Michelin to have six Michelin stars. Several other articles echoed this misinformation. The fact is, Eugénie Brazier, a woman, earned six Michelin stars all the way back in 1933. So it would help if more journalists knew the history of the field they’re covering.”
"[W]hat does the supremely intelligent and thoughtful Thomas Keller think of being on a list that excludes his influential female colleagues? How ashamed is David Chang to have allowed his beautiful talented face to appear on the cover to represent the club that starves, or at least underfeeds, his sisters?”
LAS VEGAS — By the final round Saturday night at the Indian National Finals Rodeo, all Dakota Louis needed to do was stay on his bull for a full eight seconds and score more than 53 points to win his third World Champion Bull Rider title.
All the bull had to do was buck hard enough to throw Louis off before the whistle blew and he could ride to retirement after this, his final rodeo outing.
The two knew each other. Three years ago, Louis was 18 when he first competed in bull riding at the finals and he had been on the same top-ranking bull, a behemoth named Slow Ride. Louis, a Northern Cheyenne tribal member from Montana, won that round with Slow Ride.
Only one other bull rider has ever garnered three world champion titles in the history of this rodeo, and Louis’ own father was a two-time Indian world champion bull rider himself. If Louis won, he would surpass his father’s record and enter a whole new class of rider.
Photo: Tomas Muscionico for Al Jazeera America
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.