Matilde Hidalgo de Procel celebrated by Google Doodle

TODAY’S Google Doodle celebrates Matilde Hidalgo de Procel.

The Ecuadorian physician, poet and activist, was born on this day in 1889. Here’s the story of her life.

 Today's Google Doodle celebrates Matilde Hidalgo de Procel's birthday


Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Matilde Hidalgo de Procel’s birthday

Who was Matilde Hidalgo de Procel?

Matilde Hidalgo de Procel was born in the city of Loja, Ecuador, and became the first woman to vote in Latin America in 1924.

Inspiring her country to become the first Latin American state to grant suffrage to all women, she had earlier also become the first female Ecuadorian doctor in 1921.

She was youngest of six children raised by a widowed seamstress.

As a keen scholar she desperately wanted to continue her education past the age of 11 and her older brother Antonio requested that she be allowed to go with him to high school.

Despite being ostracised by her peers, Procel persevered, graduating with honours in 1913.

 Matilde Hidalgo de Procel was an Ecuadorian women's rights activist


Matilde Hidalgo de Procel was an Ecuadorian women’s rights activist

Matilde went on to study medicine at the Universidad del Azuay (now known as University of Cuenca), and the Central University, becoming the first female doctor in Ecuadorian history.

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In 1924, she signed the register to vote and blazed yet another trail for women’s rights.

When the State Council questioned her right to vote, she pointed out that Ecuador’s Constitution makes no mention of gender as a requirement for voting — only citizenship, age and literacy.

Her argument was affirmed by unanimous vote, ensuring that the name of Procel would long be remembered in the storied history of Ecuador.

She eventually ran for public office, becoming Ecuador’s first female elected official in 1941.

The Ecuadorian government awarded her the Medal of Merit and the Medal of Public Health, while her hometown of Loja established a museum in her honour.

What is on her Google Doodle?

Sophie Diao created today’s Google Doodle – and it’s a nod to Matilde’S achievements.

It includes a ballot box and a graduation certificate.

Matilde herself is central to the design.

What is a Google Doodle?

In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message to that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.

The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.

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Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.

Google kicked off 2019 with an animated Doodle of New Year’s Eve celebrations.

And on February 5, 2019, the Chinese New Year was celebrated with a hand animation transforming into a pig.

St Patrick’s Day on March 17 was remembered with a Celtic Google Doodle.

And on March 21, Google Doodle used AI for the first time in a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Doodle allowed users to create their own tune.

Google also celebrated the Women’s World Cup with Doodles for each participating team.

And on September 27, a special Doodle was created for Google’s 21st birthday.

The history of the Google Doodle

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