Google's International Women's Day Logo at Google Russia Only?

Mar 9, 2010 • 12:34 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

I was browsing the various Google forums and spotted several complaints in the Google Web Search Help forums and Google Webmaster Help about there being no International Women's Day Doodle on March 8th, yesterday.

There are literally dozens of complaints, some calling Google anti-women. Google is a very women friendly company, I know that. So what is going on, why no Doodle for International Women's Day?

I initially thought Google just doesn't always celebrate every event every day. They are human, they can forget. But then I saw someone mention that a logo was live on Google Russia. It linked to 8 марта, which is March 8 but in the URL parameter it had "&ct=womensday10-hp&oi=ddle", i.e. a doodle for women's day. Here is a picture of the doodle:

Women's Day at Google Russia

What is weird is that I don't see it live on But I do see it linked to at - so why not on the main

In any event, I wrote this post on March 8th and scheduled it for tomorrow. I hope by then, the logo would have been posted. But I won't be able to check until later, because I will be on a plane.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help and Google Webmaster Help.

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03/09/2010 06:56 am

Google only placed the logo on Google Russia. Last year the doodle was on more homepages, also that one featured a triforce. Maybe it's only Russia because: "Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. ", "Demonstrations marking International Women's Day in Russia proved to be the first stage of the Russian Revolution of 1917.".


03/09/2010 02:32 pm

All Google Doodle's are working with every google.tdl eg German Unity Day 2008: on google australia:


03/09/2010 07:54 pm

This is because 8 march is very special day in Russia. Even on this day the people stay at home and celebrate it with their sweethearts ;) Next year just look on 23th february, this is a men's day, the same story like on 8 march! different cultures, different people


03/12/2010 06:40 am

In our days International Women's Day is not a political event, but rather a sort of a mixture of Mother's Day and St. Valentine's Day, heh. Since it's not widely celebrated anywhere else than Russia and CIS countries, it was quite logical to see the logo at only... Actually I was surprised to find several notes about it on the official White House blog, hehe. Still it's a beautiful day when you can express your love and appreciation to all the women in your life. And I really like that the tradition to give tulips and gifts is not just a "home" event, but many companies hold celebrations in their offices the day before IWD (since in many countries it's an official holiday). PS See a greeting video that I've shot for our company’s ladies in my blog:)


03/08/2011 03:53 am

It is on the hong kong one too.

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