​google promotes gender equality with new professional emoji

Because women can be pixelated doctors, too.

by Tish Weinstock
15 July 2016, 1:58pm

Flying the flag for female empowerment, on Wednesday Google unveiled 11 new emoji of women working in typically male-defined careers. From coders and doctors to farmers and welders, all 11 emoji come in both male and female options with all different skin tones, too. Previously women were consigned to more passive roles such as getting their nails did or having a head massage. Chic, sure, but hardly the kind of thing that's going to inspire women to change the world.

"More than 90 percent of the world's online population use emoji," Google said in a statement, "But while there's a huge range of emoji, there aren't a lot that highlight the diversity of women's careers, or empower young girls. The emoji representing women aren't exactly, well, representative. So we've been working to make things better."

This comes as part of Google's ongoing campaign, Made with Code, to represent women in technology and appeal to young girls wishing to pursue a career in STEM. But that's not all, Unicode will also be adding male and female versions to 33 existing emoji. From a man getting a haircut to a female runner, things are about to get emojinal.


Text Tish Weinstock