Gender Diversity is Finally Coming to Our Emojis

If you have ever been frustrated at the clear lack of female emoji options, don’t fret. Many others have been too, and now Unicode is making a change.

Up until now, emojis of women were limited to brides and princesses, whereas emojis of men were police officers and detectives.

In addition to adding in 33 new emojis for our enjoyment, Unicode and its “Emoji Subcomittee” have now agreed to add in 11 "professional emojis" showing both men and women in certain occupations. While the update will not include every job you could possibly think of, some of the most notable include a coder, scientist and mechanic.

In a blog post announcing the updates, Google said that their decision to add an emoji for coding comes from a desire to get more young women involved in the profession.

“These new emoji are one of several efforts we’re making to better represent women in technology, and to connect girls with the education and resources they need to pursue careers in STEM,” Google wrote. “One such effort is Made with Code, which helps girls pursue and express their passions using computer science.”

Users will have the option to choose the gender and race of these new emojis once they become available to use Android and other mobile platforms in the coming months. Get ready to talk about work through emoji in a whole new way!