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New Approved Emojis Address ‘Gender Disparities’

Emojis are used by more than 90 percent of the world’s online population, but until recently, many emojis — including those depicting professions — only displayed men on most platforms. To address the "gender disparities," the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, which makes rules regarding the symbols, approved new standards today, as well as 11 female profession emojis.

In May, Google proposed a set of 13 emoji that depicted women in professional fields. Of the thirteen, 11 were accepted by the Unicode Consortium, available in both male and female options with all skin tones.

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Existing emojis will be changed to offer gender options. Google

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The new emojis — which include a coder, a musician, and a doctor — will be in addition to changes made to 33 existing emoji. Emoji depicting people will now be offered with male and female options, meaning that users can choose a female weightlifting emoji or a male emoji receiving a haircut.

With the approval of the Unicode Consortium, the new emoji options will be available in future versions of Android and other software platforms.

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