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Happy International Women’s Day!

Thank you to all of the incredibly talented women whose blogs I have the pleasure of reading everyday. I am also excited to celebrate the continuously growing presence of strong female leads in the gaming and entertainment industries!

Here are a few things that the gaming community has put together in honor of today:

1. Sony has released a free theme for the PS4 of console exclusive leading ladies:

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From left to right: Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross from Uncharted: The Lost Legacy; Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn; Kara from the forthcoming Detroit: Too Human; Ellie from The Last Of Us and a cartoon character from Dreams.

You can download the theme by visiting the PlayStation Store on your PS4 or by following this link.

Google celebrates International Women's Day
From https://play.google.com/store/apps/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_3002ff0_iwd18_tp

2. Google Play is showcasing games and apps by women developers this week. Google says “In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re shining a light on games and apps made by inspiring female founders and developers from around the world, as well as games, books and movies starring strong female protagonists.”

3. IGN is celebrating #InternationalWomensDay by live streaming female developers, playing the games they’ve made:

Titles to be featured will include Little Big Planet, Firewatch, Cuphead, Portal, Snipperclips, Halo, and more! Join us live on Thursday March 8 at 1pm PT/4pm ET/9pm UK (March 9 at 8am AET).

Additionally, they’re raising money and attention for two great charities:

This year we’ll be supporting Girls who Code and The Malala Fund – two organizations that encourage women to chase their educational goals across the globe. You can read more about each group below:

Girls who Code: https://girlswhocode.com/donate

Girls who Code is an non-profit organization with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. They offer learning opportunities for students and alumni to deepen their computer science skills, create clear pathways for Girls Who Code alumni from middle and high school into the computing workforce, and build a supportive sisterhood of peers and role models to help their students and alumni persist and succeed.

The Malala Fund: https://www.malala.org/donate

Founded in 2013, Malala Fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. The non-profit works in regions where most girls miss out secondary education, with priority countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and countries housing Syrian Refugees (Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey).

We are happy to be supporting both of these causes with our live-stream this year and hope that you’ll have a chance to join us. You can find the stream on IGN’s home pageYouTube (which will have integrated donations through Super Chat), Twitch, and Facebook.

Lastly, be sure to check out https://www.internationalwomensday.com/ to read more about International Women’s Day and the efforts of people all over the world to #PressForProgress toward gender parity.

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