Playing with Google Trends led me to a mystery. If you look up search trends for “women’s rights”, “feminist” or “feminism”, the trend is downward. Down a whopping 70% since 2005 (I’m not really sure what is causing this trend, perhaps it will be the subject of a future post). But oddly enough, there are 2 annual spikes in April and November. As can be seen in the above chart from Google Trends, the spikes in April and November have been consistent since 2004, the earliest year for which Google displays information.
I wracked my brains, but couldn’t come up with a really satisfying answer for the cause of these peaks, so I posed the question to my Facebook hive. There were lots of guesses relating to elections, primaries and International Women’s Day in various countries. But none of these really lined up.
Fairly quickly, however, David Cuthbert came up with the correct result — midterm and final papers!
That was creative thinking! Under my own steam power, I’m not sure how long it would have taken me to arrive at this answer.