Chart of the Day: Google’s Doodles

Or should we say dude-les? (Ugh, sorry, couldn’t resist.)

pie chart of doodles by race and gender

The dudes of doodles. (Via SPARK’s report)

Fully 62 percent of the Google doodles in the last few years have been white dudes, according to a report released by SPARK Movement today. 

The girl-led media advocacy org called on Google to ensure their doodles reflect the “the diversity of the world we live in.” “Women and people of color have made many strides throughout history, but we don’t get to hear about most of their extraordinary contributions to society. If you paid attention in history class in school, you would think the only people to do anything of significance in the United States or around the world have been white men.”

Google says they’re on it. They told the Washington Post that they’re hoping to have gender parity in the coming year’s doodles, and noted that so far in 2014 they’ve “done doodles for as many women as men, a big shift from figures below 20% in past years.” Let’s hold them to it.

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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One Comment

  1. Posted March 2, 2014 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Maybe you should also do a time series chart so we can see the representation of women over time in Doodles. Perhaps that could 1) be more fair 2) be a more comprehensive story (aggregating 2010-2013 is kind of arbitrary) 3) would actually be journalism, rather than recycling what another publication has put out there. A smidgen of original analysis would do this publication a service.

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