With the most recent Doodle in a long line of tributes to influential Egyptian public figures, Google paid homage on June 23rd 2020 to leading nationalist and pioneer of feminism advocacy Huda Shaarawi on what would be her 141st birthday, shedding light on the importance of her work throughout the British rule in Egypt and beyond.
Brought to life by Alexandria-born, Cairo-based street artist & illustrator Aya Tarek, the doodle aimed at highlighting and raising awareness on the significance of Huda Shaarawi’s prominent efforts in inspiring women during World War I, as she spearheaded one of the largest protests of the women’s movement to this day in 1919. This put her on the path to becoming an influential figure for empowering women across Egypt at a time of uncertainty and war.
After Egypt gained its independence in 1922, Shaarawi went on to establish one of the first official feminist organizations in Egypt, the Egyptian Feminist Union, to grant women access to parliamentary representation, legal equality, education and suffrage, among others. Her passionate drive and tireless willpower greatly contributed to founding the first secondary school for women in Egypt, paving the way for the country’s first female university graduates in 1933. In 1956, her greatest ambition was achieved when women were granted the right to vote and run for office for the first time ever in a turn-of-the-century, independent Egypt.
Huda Shaarawi’s Google Doodle made a significant impact online by reaching far and wide across North African countries, an insight that most certainly reflects her pioneering role in women’s rights advocacy across Egyptian history.