Finally! Google Proposes 13 New Career-Driven Female Emojis
It seems like Jane Fonda might finally get her wish for more feminist emoji. On Tuesday, Google introduced a proposal to Unicode Consortium, the emoji gatekeeper, asking it to consider adding 13 new female career-driven options. Unicode's current offering includes women with limited and nebulous career ambitions, including a bride, a salsa dancer, and bunny-eared twins.
In its proposal, Google quoted Amy Butcher's recent New York Times op-ed piece, which lamented the lack of representation of strong female characters on the emoji keyboard. "Where was the lawyer? The accountant? The surgeon?" wrote Butcher. "How was there space for both a bento box and a single fried coconut shrimp, and yet women were restricted to a smattering of tired, beauty-centric roles?"
The proposed emoji adds include a doctor, a software engineer, a chef, a teacher, and our personal favorite, a Ziggy Stardust-inspired rock star — well played, Google.
"We believe this will empower young women (the heaviest emoji users) and better reflect the pivotal roles women play in the world," read the proposal. According to a poll by Adweek, 78 percent of frequent emoji users are women. Your move, Unicode.
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