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world Updated: Mar 09, 2017 18:04 IST
International Women's Day

A screengrab of the Google Doodle celebrating Women’s Day on March 8.(Picture courtesy: Google.com)

Search engine Google marked the International Women’s Day by putting together a Doodle slideshow to celebrate some of influential women on Wednesday.

Women’s Day is celebrated across the world on March 8.

It showcased images of 13 remarkable women, each of whom have “made a mark in her own way”.

Sally Ride was the first American woman astronaut in space. (Picture courtesy: Google)

“They pursued a range of professions and passions and hailed from an array of backgrounds and countries. In fact, all of these women have been featured in individual doodles in the past, but often only in their countries of origin. So today we’re taking the opportunity to share their stories with everyone.”

The stories take a grandchild into an imaginary world where she encounters thirteen women -- a pilot, a singer, an astronaut, a classical dancer, a scientist, a doctor, a lawn tennis player and others.

Google dedicates its doodle to Egyptian aviator Lotfia ElNadi. (Picture courtesy: Google)

On February 28, 1909, the Socialist Party of America observed the first known Women’s Day in New York.

On March 8, 1917, a Women’s Day demonstration sparked the Russian Revolution and the day was eventually declared as national holiday in Russia in 1965.

In 1977, the UN adopted March 8 as the International Women’s Day and since then it celebrates women’s rights and world peace.