Google proposes new set of female emojis to promote equality

Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 02:42 pm
Google proposes new set of female emojis to promote equality
The 13 new representations presented at the Unicode consortium include cartoon female engineers, chemists, plumbers and farmers

Google employees have proposed a new set of emojis aimed at promoting gender equality in the workplace, including cartoon female engineers, chemists, plumbers and farmers.

The Google team presented the designs of 13 new emojis on Tuesday at the Unicode Consortium, a Silicon Valley not-for-profit group that runs an “emoji subcommittee” overseeing the creation of new emojis.

“No matter where you look, women are gaining visibility and recognition as never before,” the four Google workers wrote in their proposal. “Isn’t it time that emoji also reflect the reality that women play a key role in every walk of life and in every profession?”

As emojis have exploded in popularity in recent years, there have been ongoing debates about diversity in the available images, prompting the creation of more racially diverse faces as well as same-sex emojis.

Given that millions of people across the globe use emojis as an “important means of communication” and that “women under 30 are most the frequent emoji users by far”, the Google proposal said “it’s not surprising that women and men are increasingly vocal about the need for more accurate female representation in emoji professions”.
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 03:04 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I'm sorry, but aren't most emojis yellow and sexless? I didn't realize there was a lack of diversity in the world of emojis... you can look at the very emoji's that are available on a2k and see that.
Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 03:05 pm
A giant step forward for - well, something.
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Robert Gentel
Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 03:12 pm
No, recently different skin tone emojis were released, including same sex couple emojis etc. A2K's "emoticons" (which will go away due to emoji replacing them in a much better way) aren't technically emoji, which is built into most operating systems now (but that look slightly different on each platform as they use their own artwork for them).
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 06:09 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Okay Bob what's an emoji
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