Gender parity and women's (often) notion of 'inferiority' in the digital age

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Women are considered men's better half not only in marriage but with all the chores that society thinks they can't do. They are often underestimated as someone who has zero ability to perform heavy duty work so it's a common misconception in the modern age to allow them to just stay inside the house (all day) and finish tasks which doesn't require too much mental and physical prowess.

According to a recent survey, only 2 out of 10 CEOs in the United States are women.

In the work place, they are often regarded as a bunch of individual who assist the superior gender in assignments that men are tasked to address within the day. Women are not really known for completing a certain project by themselves (most of the time), resulting in lack of trust on their behalf. That's why it is also a very usual picture in corporate firms and private sectors to appoint a male boss given that he is backed by a secretary to abide by his demands and sometimes, short temper.

With this sort of discrimination that Eva's herd is facing in the digital era, do you think such image should live on for as long as men are enjoying all the credits?

Gender equality is not only a fundamental right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Let's take show business as an example. For most part, hollywood celebrities are in awe and disbelief over the unfair treatment and exposure that females are getting may it be in front or behind the camera. According to a poll conducted by a group of cinephiles, out of 1,452 filmmakers whose gender was identifiable, 20.5 percent were female compared to 79.5 percent who are male.

"Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong... It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing set of ideals," says Harry Potter star Emma Watson.

"I have experienced sexism in that I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women," she further said.

Young actress Emma Watson is set to portray Belle in the upcoming live action Disney classic 'Beauty and the Beast.'

When the trailer for 'Wonder Woman' surfaced the internet just a couple of weeks back, fans went wild not only for the film's visual promise but also with Gal Gadot's stalwart presence as the iconic title heroine. Critics say it is payback time for Hollywood after recent releases of 'hunk-dominated' superhero movies including DC Comics' "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War."

If you happen to endure the almost 3-minute trailer to DC's 2017 flag-bearer, there is a brief conversation between Diana Prince (Wonder Woman's alter-ego) and another female character that goes like this...

 

Woman: Hi, I'm Steve Trevor's secretary.

Diana: What is a secretary?

Woman: A girl who goes where he tells me to go and does what he wants me to do.

Diana: Well from where I'm from, that's called slavery.

 

Amid all the action sequences, that part was my favourite.

First online leaked photo of Gal Gadot as the new Wonder Woman.

This apparent imbalance in terms of labour allocation (gender being one of the greatest factors) in the current market urged giant companies like Google to immerse their people out of their coops and find ways to bring women their much-deserved spotlight. Ideas are later proposed to cater to the masses in a way that all aspects are in parity, may it be in gender or in race.

Teaming up with the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee (UES), the aim is to represent a wider range of proffessions for women (as well as men), and reflect the pivotal roles that women play in the world. With the use of emojis, (the tiny-faced circles that people use to convey more visual thoughts when messaging) Google and UES have agreed to add 11 new proffessional emojis, in both male and female options and with all the skin tones. 

That's more than 100 new cutiepatooties to choose from!

78% of the world's online population who use emojis are women, compared to 60% of men.

More than 90% of the world's online population use emoji. Out of that number, 78% of frequent users are women, compared to 60% of men. Given that millions across the globe use emojis as an 'important means of communication' and that 'women under 30 are the most frequent emoji users by far', the Google proposal said 'it's not surprising that women and men are increasingly vocal about the need for more accurate female representation in emoji proffessions'.

As the world celebrated 'World Emoji Day' last July 17, the founder of online resource Emojipedia Jeremy Burge said that the proposal from Google was well-written and 'pragmatic from an encoding point of view', meaning that it could be implemented fairly quickly.

Days after his relatively positive response in the said proposal, Google announced that the new emoji additions will be included in future versions of Android and other platforms.

The new professions include a farmer, welder, mechanic, health worker, scientist, coder, business worker, chef, student, teacher, and a rock star. Most of them commonly typecasted for the male gender. The Google team chose proffessions for its proposal based on labour data and the increasing interest in gender equality mainly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

10 of the 11 new emojis to represent women in different proffessions.

With this promise in mind, there is slight hope for women to at least get a boost in terms of professional representation, even through emojis.

So if you're ever feeling down, (probably by not getting all the perks that the opposite sex always acquires) just keep in mind that Britain didn't hail a new lady Prime Minister, 'Ghostbusters' didn't get a remake with an all-star female cast, and JLo's 'Aint Your Mama' didn't get 100M Youtube views in less than one month for nothing. 

And who knows, the United States might have its first female president by the name of Hillary Clinton less than 4 months from now!

Women are still an essential chunk of the society, regardless of how intricate their roles are. That's a fact that will live on for as long as there are people who are willing to broadcast their worth to the entire human race.

By the way, the author of this article happens to be a guy.

Still in self-pity? Cheer up and key in your thoughts!

Aaand.... don't forget to use those emojis! :)