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Google Doodle for Františka Plamínková’s 141st Birthday

Feb 5, 2016

Františka Plamínková’s 141st Birthday

When she was born in 1875, Františka Plamínková's native country of Czechoslovakia was already embroiled in the debate on women's role in society. By the time Plamínková began her career as a teacher, this ethical and cultural discussion had become even more heated, and Plaminkova didn't hesitate to dive in. She was deeply involved in community organization and and furthering the cause for women's suffrage. A brilliant teacher, journalist, and debator, Plamínková, nicknamed Plamka or "a small flame," stoked the embers for Czech women's suffrage.

As the national movement for Czechoslovakian independence heated up, her contributions towards women's rights were echoed in her fight against fascism, and for the liberation of her nation. Eight years after her death in 1942, Plamínková was awarded the Czechoslovak Order of the Gold Star by the Czech Ministry of National Defense. We honor her today by bringing you a small piece of her story.
Here are some of the early concepts by Doodler Alyssa Winans.
Our Czech colleagues asked for emphasis on Plamínková's leadership in advancing career potential for working mothers. In the final version, you can see a blackboard depicting the merger of professional and family life – an apt reflection of her life as a teacher and leader for women's rights.

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