Women and girls send more than a billion emojis every single day.
Not familiar with emojis? They’re those little cartoon images you might share via text or social media to communicate, as their name proposed to, an feeling. Here are a few examples 😛 TAGEND
While new emojis are being added all the time, there’s one little problem with the ones we already have: They’re fairly stereotypical when it is necessary to gender roles.
The girl emojis have a tendency to be very … pink. There’s an emoji of a woman getting her hair cut, a bride, two women dancing in bunny attires, a princess, and a woman dancing on her own you get the idea.
On the other hand, men and boys have many emoji options: athletes, business professionals, police officers, firefighters, and even detectives.
Right around puberty, girls’ self-esteem takes a big hit.
A study by the American Association of University Women found that between grade school and high school, girls’ confidence in themselves drops-off by nearly half. While sons also become less confident over time, the fell is much smaller.
That drop in self-esteem also affected daughters in other styles. For example, daughters were found to be only half as likely to stand up for themselves and far less likely than sons to believe they’re “good at a lot of things.” The reduced self-esteem correlated to a decreased interest in math and science.
But this problem has existed for decades, so what does it have to do with emojis? It’s more a question of how emojis can help with this existing problem.
In a survey done by Always, two-thirds of girls reported feeling like emojis imply they’re limited in what they can do because they’re girls.
More than half of girls surveyed felt the emojis were stereotypical, and three-quarters said they’d like to see a more diverse situated of emojis that aren’t simply doing stereotypically feminine activities, like get manicures or having their hair cut.
Reinforcing an idea that girls are limited to certain roles in life merely weakens teens’ already vulnerable nation of self-esteem . On the other hand, if they were explicitly given the message that they can be and do whatever they want in life, that could have a big impact in a positive way.
That’s why Always started responding to emoji petitions on their Twitter profile.
While you won’t be able to use these emojis in text messages, it’s still kind of cool to see these quick artist supplies of what more gender-diverse emojis might look like.
And here’s something even better: Late last month, a new, gender-diverse define of emojis were submitted to Unicode, different groups that decides which ones end up on your phone.
In an interview with Time, Mark Davis, the co-founder and chairperson of Unicode Consortium, discussed the rise of the emoji( an emoji was Oxford Dictionaries 2015 Word of the Year ), but also touched on some of the specifics of the latest, more gender-diverse draft of the emoji set.
According to Davis, the new decide “will allow vendors to be able to support a male runner, a female athlete, and if they want to, a neutral athlete of no specific gender.” In other terms, it’ll let you swap the gender of existing emoji options.
Problem, fulfill solution. Bam !
Whether or not this is a big deal in your life personally, for a lot of people, this could be a major win.
Watch the Always #LikeAGirl video below.
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