Google Wishes to Empower Women with a New Set of Emojis
Not all emojis are created equal and Google wants to do something about that. Therefore, the Search Giant has proposed a new set of emojis to empower women.
Four Google employees wrote in a proposal that no matter where you look, women are gaining recognition and visibility as never before.
The team presented adorable designs of 13 new emojis, aimed at promoting gender equality in the workplace on Tuesday at the Unicode Consortium.
Promoting Gender Equality with a New Set of Emojis
As emojis have become quite popular in recent years, there have been ongoing debates about promoting the creation of same-sex emojis as well as more racially diverse face.
According to a report, out of 92% of people who use emojis, 78% of frequent users are women, compared to 60% of men.
Well, this doesn’t come as a surprise!!
Jeremy Burge, a member of the Unicode Consortium’s Emoji Subcommittee said that the proposal from Google is well-written and could be implemented fairly quickly.
He also added that it’s pretty clear that the female-oriented professions are under-represented in emojis, and this approach is a great way to address this issue.
Professions That Are Chosen for New Emojis
The Google team has chosen professions based on labor data and the increasing interest in gender equality in technology, science, engineering, and math.
Ultimately, it came up with a list of jobs that included technology, farming, education, manufacturing, business, healthcare, food service, and music.
However, there have also been growing concerns about sexism and stereotypes that these female emojis can promote.
Last month, First Lady Michelle Obama also tweeted that she “would love to see a girl studying emoji”.
So, we guess her wish is going to come true as the team says it would like to get the new emoji standardized by the end of 2016.
Also, it has a good shot of achieving that goal as one member of the team, Mark Davis, is co-founder and president of the Unicode Consortium.