Today's Google Doodle Celebrates Female Entrepreneurs

Photo: Courtesy of Google.
This has been a year of Google Doodles that send a social message, and today's is no exception. The latest design depicts Esther Afua Ocloo, a self-made Ghanian businesswoman who is considered a pioneer of microlending.
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Ocloo, according to Google, would have turned 98 today. She was born on April 18, 1919 in Ghana, and died in 2002. "Auntie Ocloo," as people called her, had less than a dollar when she made and sold her first jar of marmalade as a teenager in the 1930s. She eventually secured a supply contract that helped her start her own food-and-beverage company, Nkulenu Industries.
Auntie Ocloo is being honored for dedicating her life to sharing her skills with low-income women, who often have trouble securing loans from banks because they're unable to provide collateral. She worked tirelessly to impart the food-processing techniques she learned in England to other Ghanaian women, and helped train them in starting their own businesses and securing microloans. She made so much of a difference that she was invited to the first U.N. World Conference on Women in 1975.
In 1979, Ocloo helped found Women’s World Banking, which provides low-income women with the critical small loans they need to get their businesses off the ground.
A few days after the inauguration in January, Google sent a powerful statement of resistance by honoring Fred Korematsu, a civil rights activist who fought against Japanese-American internment camps in the 1940s. In March, Google featured a drawing by a 15-year-old girl that sent a message of inclusivity by showing children of different races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and abilities.
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