Success! Emojis Just Got a Lot Less Sexist

Feminists, rejoice: Emojis just got a lot less sexist.

After over 10,000 people signed a Care2 petition asking for more professional female emojis, Google announced on Monday that the Unicode Consortium — the arbiter of all things emoji — has accepted the tech giant’s proposal to do just that. The emoji keyboard will now include 11 new emojis featuring women in a number of professions, including a teacher, programmer, singer, farmer, scientist, doctor, scholar and more!

Internet activists and feminists have long pointed out a problem with the popular emoji keyboard: The female emojis were never really doing anything. Male emojis are detectives, policemen and construction workers. There are men rowing, swimming, lifting, riding a bike, horseback riding and golfing.

And the women? There are two female dancer emojis, a woman getting her hair cut, a princess and a bride. That’s about it.

Like almost anything else you see around you, emojis are both a reflection and reinforcement of culture. And the cultural attitude displayed in the emoji keyboard has, until now, been thus: Women exist to look pretty and maybe, like, get married someday.

That’s not to knock looking pretty or dancing or getting married or being a princess. I love fashion, I go a little crazy if I don’t get in a weekly dance sesh, and I know some totally great married people. I don’t know any princesses, but I’m willing to bet they are badass and wear awesome outfits.

Still, the new images are a welcome deviation from the narrow view of womanhood emojis have so far presented. And it’s thanks to pressure from internet activists like Care2 members that the powers that be have listened and made these changes!

This isn’t the first time activists have convinced the Unicode Consortium to make changes to emojis, either. In fact, a lot has changed since the first version of the emoji keyboard was released: Emojis are now more racially diverse, include same-sex families, and boast 32 new state flags.

Yes, the news is cause to rejoice for feminists everywhere. But there’s still at least one thing missing: Where the heck is the LGBTQ pride flag emoji? You can sign Colton Price-Fiore’s Care2 petition asking for a rainbow flag emoji here.

96 comments

John B
John B1 years ago

Thanks Julie for sharing the good news.

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Christine J
Christine J1 years ago

Never gave it a thought but often it's the little things that count. It's subtle, but the small things we see every day do make a difference.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for sharing.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for sharing.

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Peter P.
Peter P2 years ago

Never thought of emojis as sexist before

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Rob Salinas
Rob Salinas2 years ago

This generation needs better things to do with their time than bitch and moan about asinine things!

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John W.
John W2 years ago

Really?
Nuff said.

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Marie W.
Marie W2 years ago

Thanks

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Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago

Thanks

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