Facebook’s 1.4 billion active users may need to strain their eyes to see the social network’s subtle new design change.
But in terms of gender equality, Facebook’s new look is making a big statement.
The “Friends” icon, in the upper right corner of the page, has long featured a male silhouette in front of a smaller female one. The new icon now shows the woman in front of the man, and the two silhouettes are the same size. Similarly, the new “Groups” icon now depicts a woman between two men. Before, a man was in the center, between another man and a woman.
Facebook design manager Caitlin Winner revealed the changes in a Medium post. She wrote that she noticed gender discrepancies in the “glyph kit” when saw that the male icon was symmetrical but the woman had a chip in her shoulder. The chip was the spot where the man was placed in front of the woman in the “Friends” icon.