Where The F*ck Are All Of The Female Emojis?
There are very few emoji with jobs: there’s the police man, the detective, and um, Santa? There are many emoji depicting places of employment, like banks and hospitals. There are pill and syringe emoji, but no emoji doctors; there are beaker and microscope emoji, but no emoji scientists. And shockingly, there are absolutely no professional female emoji. Beyond the salsa dancer, the princess, and the woman getting a haircut, there are practically no emoji depicting women. Google wants to change that.
This Tuesday, a group of Google employees presented a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, where they offered to create a set of 13 new emoji depicting both male and female professionals. “Our proposal is to create a new set of emoji that represents a wide range of professions for women and men, with a goal of highlighting girls everywhere,” they wrote.
Women under 30 are apparently the most frequent emoji users; the younger the age bracket, the more frequently they use emoji. Despite young women’s heavy emoji use, a report from earlier this year shows that 54% of girls feel that female emoji are stereotypical, 67% say the available emoji imply that girls are limited in what they can accomplish, and 75% would like to see female emoji portrayed more progressively and professionally.
The proposal also includes a note on gender-neutral emoji: although this particular group of Google employees will not be focusing on creating gender-neutral emoji, they “encourage other members of Unicode to join us in creating a system of emoji that can accommodate a broader gender spectrum.” Mark Davis, one of the people behind the current proposal, also launched a campaign for gender-neutral emoji earlier this year.
The 13 proposed emoji include a farmer, a chef, an engineer, and an “aspiring rockstar” who is seriously channeling David Bowie, and are expected to be released by the end of this year. Because ladies are more than princesses and sexualized peach graphics.
Images via Google, Tumblr
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