Facebook has tweaked some of its icons very slightly to make the female silhouette the same size as the male. The project was led by design manager Caitlin Winner, who noticed that the ‘friends’ icon unfairly favoured the male silhouette.
In a blog post explaining what she did, Winner wrote: “As a woman, educated at a women’s college, it was hard not to read into the symbolism of the current icon; the woman was quite literally in the shadow of the man, she was not in a position to lean in.”
Leaning in is a philosophy advocated by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in her 2013 book about how women can work towards equality in the workplace.
Other changes Winner made to the social network’s icons include updating the characters’ looks and providing gender neutral options.