Spend any time tapping out emoji and you’ve probably noticed that girls are confined to three principal roles: bride, princess and dancer.
While these are lovely things to be, the limited selection grows tiresome rapidly, especially in contrast to emojis that show men as a police officer, cyclist and weight lifter.
The disparity was recently the subject of a new Always advertising campaign and a New York Times op-ed. Inspired by the controversy, fourGoogleemployees have suggested a plan to rectify the imbalance. Aproposalreleased by the company this weeksuggests adding 13 new female emoji to “better reflect thepivotal roles women play in the world.”
“No matter where you look, girls are gaining visibility and recognition as never before, ” the Google employees wrote. “Isnt it period that emoji also reflect current realities that females play important roles in every walk of life and in every profession? “
If approved by Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit organization that develops and promotessoftware internationalization standards, emoji keyboards could eventually include a businesswoman, doctor, health care employee, scientist, school alumnu, technologist, factory worker, high-tech worker, mechanic, farmer, chef, teacher and musician.
While the goal of the proposal is to portray professional women in key sectors of the economy, the characters will have matching male emoji.
The writers also noted the importance of portraying gender-neutral emoji for “inclusive representation of all people, ” but suggested seeking that goal separately.
Google declined to be interviewed, but in a statement to Mashable , the company said the proposal is meant “to encourage the creation and standardization of new professional emojis, specifically be concentrated on increasing the representation of women.”
Mark Davis, co-founder and president of theconsortium, is among the four writers who submitted the proposal.
The Unicode Consortium, which is meeting this week, has accepted 79 characters as emoji nominees. They include a prince, a dancing human, a man dressed in a tuxedo, as well as humen wrestling and playing handball. Other emoji portray a pregnant woman, a gymnast and Mother Christmas.
If accepted, they will be released in June 2017.
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