Move over Princess’ and Dancers, a Female Farmer Emoji may be coming to a smartphone or tablet keyboard soon. Cathy Isom tells us about the proposed new digital design representing women in agriculture. That story’s ahead on This Land of Ours.
From: Modern Farmer
In effort to properly represent women in the workplace, a team of Google employees created 13 new emojis that depict a wide range of jobs held by women. Among the lot? Doctor, teacher, scientist, and—ta-da!—farmer.
I mean, how could they forget the female farmer? Between 1978 and 2007, the share of farms operated by women nearly tripled in the United States. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states that 43 percent of the ag labor force in developing countries is comprised of women. Women play an integral part in the operations of farms all over the world.
The new emojis were proposed to the Unicode Consortium—the organization that approves emoji (who knew there was such a thing?)—and inspired by a recent The New York Times op-ed begrudging the lack of emojis featuring powerful, professional women. “How was there space for both a bento box and a single fried coconut shrimp, and yet women were restricted to a smattering of tired, beauty-centric roles?” wrote the author, Karen Workman.