A group of #Google team members submit 13 new #Emoji designs and hope to have them approved by the end of the year.
Workers at Google have suggested a set of new emojis – comprising female engineers, farmers, plumbers and chemists – pointed at promoting workplace gender equality.
The tech giant proposed 13 new emoji designs to the Unicode Consortium, which supervises the creation of new emojis.
The four-strong partners said the emojis depicted “a broad range of professions for women and men, with a goal of highlighting the variety of women’s careers and empowering girls everywhere.”
The proposed emojis are a nurse, doctor, factory worker, graduate, office worker, IT worker, scientist, assembly line staff, singer, farmer, chef, teacher, and mechanic.
Each of the new professions represented would be ready in both male and female forms.
The submission quoted a broadly shared opinion piece recently published in the New York Times called Emoji Feminism.
The article said: “Where I desired to know, was the hard professor working her way to tenure? Where was the lawyer? The auditor? The surgeon?
“How was there place for both a bento box and a single cooked coconut shrimp, and yet women were limited to a smattering of tired, beauty-centric roles?”
Existing male emojis involves a police officer, a construction worker, a detective and Santa Claus.
Female emojis are more restricted and include a woman possessing a haircut, and a woman in a marriage dress.
The Unicode Consortium selects which emoji ideas completed, and is made up of 11 voting members comprising Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft.
The Google Partners said it would like to get the emojis approved by the end of the year.
Their submission added: “We think we can have a larger positive influence by adding 13 new emoji that depict women crossed a representative sample of professions.
“We believe this will permit young women (the heaviest emoji users), and better reflect the pivotal roles women play in the world.”
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