The following is an excerpt from Laura Hautala | July 14, 2016 | cnet.com |
We like to think women can do anything, but what about women emojis? Well, the committee that standardizes these little symbols said Thursday that it would give us more roles for females. Google proposed the changes in May and greeted today's announcement with fanfare on its official blog.
So what are we getting? A female scientist, a female rock star, a female runner... quite a few females. But it's not just emoji women -- roles are opening up for emojis of all genders (for emojis, gender is primarily marked by hair length).
The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee is making it possible for software to display 11 new professional emojis in both genders (and with a range of skin tones and hair colors available). What's more, we'll see the addition of a male or female counterpart to 33 emojis that already existed in only one gender. Now emoji men can get haircuts too!
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