Emoji Update Puts Gender Equality First

owilson on Thursday July 14, 2016 at 05:32:07 PM

Emoji Update Puts Gender Equality First

Google, in partnership with Unicode, has unveiled a new set of emojis that focus on gender equality.

(CCM) — On Thursday, Google announced on its official blog a new set of emojis that include a more diverse range of characters. As a result of a proposal made by Google, Unicode Technical Committee has agreed to add 11 new professions for both women and men in all skin tones, introducing upward of 100 total emojis to the platform and its vast user base — over 90% of online users, to be exact. Unicode will also make it possible to choose between male and female versions of 33 existing emojis. According to Google, its goal in proposing the update was to "represent a wider range of professions for women (as well as men) and reflect the pivotal roles that women play in the world."

Google's backing of this emoji update is one of the company's many initiatives to promote and support women's professional efforts. In May, for International Women's Day, Google launched an extensive Doodle project that spanned 13 countries and called on 337 women to complete the sentence, "One day, I will..." Their combined efforts were featured on the Google Doodle site.

Photo: © Google.


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