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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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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