Google Doodle celebrates Louisa May Alcott’s 184th Birthday

Google Doodle -- Louisa May Alcott’s 184th Birthday

A feminist, suffragist and abolitionist, Alcott’s Little Women was a semi-autobiographical novel.

Honouring Louisa May Alcott, Google’s doodle on Tuesday is an illustration depicting her best-known work, Little Women. A feminist, suffragist and abolitionist Alcott grew up amongst intellectuals such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau.

“I like good strong words that mean something,” says Jo March in Little Women. The same could be said of that beloved novel’s author, Louisa May Alcott, who was born on this day in 1832.

In addition to being a writer, Alcott was a suffragist, abolitionist, and feminist. She grew up in the company of luminaries like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau, who fostered in her a strong sense of civic duty.

Alcott volunteered as a nurse during the American Civil War, and her family’s home was a station on the Underground Railroad.

She was active in the women’s suffrage movement and became the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts.

Through it all, she wrote novels and short stories tirelessly, sometimes working 14 hours a day.

“Today’s Doodle portrays Beth, Jo, Amy, and Meg March, as well as Jo’s best friend Laurie, their neighbor.

The March family of Little Women was based on Alcott’s own, and the coltish Jo was Louisa’s vision of herself: strewing manuscript pages in her wake, charging ahead with the courage of her convictions, and cherishing her family above all,” stated Google’s official blog.

“Alcott volunteered as a nurse during the American Civil War, and her family’s home was a station on the Underground Railroad.

She was active in the women’s suffrage movement and became the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts. Through it all, she wrote novels and short stories tirelessly, sometimes working 14 hours a day.”

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