The Jakarta Post
Born on Nov. 25, 1918, in Sawahlunto, West Sumatra, Ani Idrus started her career in journalism in the 1930s (Google.co.id/File)
Google Doodle is celebrating the late Indonesian veteran journalist and activist Ani Idrus’ 101st birthday on Monday.
Created by Los Angeles-based artist Shanti Rittgers, the doodle displays Ani in her iconic headscarf and glasses, looking at the hung proofs of newspaper pages.
Born on Nov. 25, 1918, in Sawahlunto, West Sumatra, Ani started her career in journalism in the 1930s, according to Antara. In 1947, she founded Waspada, one of the country's longest-running daily newspapers, with her husband M. Said.
Ani also worked as a foreign correspondent for over a decade. In 1949, she established a women’s magazine called Dunia Wanita 1949.
For her accomplishments in journalism, Ani won the Satya Press Award in 1988.
On the Google Doodle’s page, Ani was also recognized as a leading force in Indonesia's education and political fields.
The fearless woman joined the Young Indonesia political movement. She attended Indonesia’s First Women’s Congress and became the chair of the North Sumatra Women’s Front, as well as the deputy secretary-general of the North Sumatra National Front.
Meanwhile, in the education field, Ani is said to have supported causes that benefited Indonesian women. She also opened eight schools, established the Ani Idrus Education Foundation (YPAI) and served as a Waspada Soccer School chairperson.
Ani passed away in Medan, North Sumatra, at the age of 80. (jes/kes)
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