Today’s Google doodle honors Esther Afua Ocloo, an entrepreneur and women’s rights activist who helped women — first in Ghana, and eventually around the world — start their own businesses.
Born in Ghana on April 18, 1919, Ocloo’s first venture in business was as a teenager, when she began selling jars of marmalade. According to Google, Ocloo learned food processing techniques during a trip to England. She worked persistently to secure financial backing and started her own company, Nkulenu Industries.
Ocloo became known as “Auntie Ocloo” after sharing what she learned about starting and running a business with the women of Ghana.
From the Google Doodle Blog:
Ocloo’s commitment to improving economic conditions for women earned her an invitation to the first UN World Conference on Women in 1975.
Today’s doodle leads to a search for “Esther Afua Ocloo” and includes a sharing icon to post the image on social pages or send via email. The doodle appears on Google’s US and Ghana homepages and a handful of other international pages, including Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Greece, Portugal, Sweden and Iceland.
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