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Uncovering overlooked stories of women

Black and white photograph of women arm-in-arm as they parade down Fifth Avenue in New York on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Bright green paint marks cover the eyes of the women.

Have women been forgotten from the history books? Have their contributions to society been overlooked? For International Women’s Day, Google Arts & Culture poses that question: Where are the women? This year we’ve collaborated with more than 60 renowned institutions, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the U.S. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Bogotá, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Archivo General de la Nación - México, to shine a light on the untold stories of women across the globe.

On March 8, the Women in Culture collection expanded to recognize trailblazers from history, pioneering women in the arts, women in science and technology, and community change makers around the world. The hub brings together all of Google Arts & Culture’s digital collections on women including the history of the Suffragette movement in the U.K., unheard stories of women in India, La Galleria Nazionale art exhibition on women artists, and the achievements of women and girls worldwide with the WOW Foundation.

Photograph of the women’s march in Washington, DC in 2017. Crowd shown of people wearing pink hats and holding signs reading “Women count,” “Resist” and “Yes we can.”

2017 Women’s March held in Washington, DC

Uncover women’s history

Have you heard of Rosalind Franklin, the woman who helped discover DNA? What about the curious tale of history’s most successful pirate, Zheng Yi Sao? Learn about the achievements of these forgotten trailblazers and more women who made history.

Celebrate women in the arts

From the National Museum of Women in the Arts spotlighting artists who changed the world, to the life and legend of Artemisia Gentileschi, dive into the lives and work of women pioneering creativity. You can even turn yourself into a Frida Kahlo painting or hang a Georgia O’Keeffe in your home using your phone camera with the Google Arts & Culture Android or iOS app.

A new virtual gallery puts women artists back in the frame with an exhibition of more than 15 artworks, including Yayoi Kusama’s contemporary art, Wangechi Mutu’s photo-based collage, and Helen Frankenthaler’s abstract painting.

Screenshot from inside the new Google Arts & Culture virtual gallery that includes artworks by women from around the world, showing the entrance room titled “Pioneers” and two further rooms, one titled “To the future”

Her Own Muse: a new virtual exhibition of art by women around the world

Photograph of mathematician Annie Easley, holding a clipboard and standing in front of a switchboard.

Mathematician Annie Easley at NASA

Discover women in STEM

Across science, natural history, environmentalism, healthcare and more, celebrate the contributions of women in science, from Ada Lovelace, the world’s first programmer, to Mae C. Jeminson, the first African American woman to travel in space. The Smithsonian are also helping to fill in the gaps of history with Machine learning tools that allow curators to recover American women’s history using data from their collection.

hotograph of the Jeju Haenyeo, the women divers of Jeju Island in South Korea, walking through a field in their diving kit

Jeju Haenyeo, the professional women divers from Jeju Island, South Korea

Explore women’s communities

Meet the Jeju Haenyeo, an all-women diving community who fish for up to seven hours a day. Gain some wisdom from the Khasi community, whose matrilineal society has built a thriving system of women supporting women. Discover how these and more communities of women come together through crafts, traditions, and culture.

Learn more about women in culture by exploring the collections on Google Arts & Culture website or our Android or iOS app.

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