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Only Brunettes Need Apply To Be A Google Working Woman Emoji

Google is proposing a set of professional working women emojis to represent women better in the workplace. My first thought as I scanned Google's proposed emojis? There's not one blonde in the entire bunch. Are we really living in a brunette working world now?

Maybe it's all in my imagination, I thought to myself as I stared at the set of proposed emojis. Surely, Google couldn't have forgotten to represent the professional working blonde!

Then I looked up Google's entire emoji list, and I couldn't seem to find a blond emoji anywhere**. There are brunettes, redheads and emoji people with very dark hair, but not one blonde.

And now Google is proposing a set of all-brunette working woman emojis. What gives?

I was surprised by my gut reaction to Google's proposed set of emojis to represent working women. Couldn't Google cough up one blonde female emoji doctor, college graduate or construction worker? Better yet, can't Google replicate these 12 working woman emojis in a very wide range of hair and skin shades so every woman feels represented?

I'm a huge proponent of diversity in our culture and in our media discourse. As a society, we still have a long way to go to make sure everyone is represented, valued and respected. Times change, too. From Barbie to Christie Brinkley to classic Disney Princesses, maybe we blondes have had our bleached moment in the sun. I'm okay with that, too.

I still want my blond working woman emoji, though. I've worked hard for it. Blondes are smart, hard-working professionals, too.

Besides, offering a much wider range of Google working woman emojis would send a message to today's girls that they can be the emoji they see on their phone screens. It's a very subtle message, but it's there.

As for today's professional blonde, I fear the underlying message of these emojis might be: You've heard every blonde joke out there, and now you will have only brunette working woman emojis to represent you when texting your friends, family and colleagues. Bah. Come on, Google. Go a little bit blonder, you might like it!

Okay, I'll lighten up now and wait for Google to create a cranky, blonde female writer emoji.

** Please let me know if you find one, and I will be the first to call myself a dumb blonde.


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