Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This is what the new emojis showing women with actual jobs could look like

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 12.53.53.png

After Apple confirmed this month that it would be releasing Unicode's new emojis, keen smartphone users have been given a first look at what the new, more gender-balanced offering could look like.

The draft images, released by Unicode, include female lecturers, farmers and scientists and have been designed to address the conspicuous lack of professional women in previous sets.

Unicode released an accompanying report on reducing gender inequality, saying: “[We hope] that a new set of emoji that represents a wide range of professions for women and men [will] highlight the diversity of women’s careers and empower girls everywhere”.

Female emojis

The original emoji keyboard has limited options for women

The Emoji 4.0 update is set to land in November and comes after an announcement earlier this year confirming the new characters, followed by a statement from Apple that it would officially launch it with its new software.

Previously, despite there being more than 1,850 characters supported across various platforms, women have been stuck with identifying themselves as a dancer, sassy pink lady or bride. Oh, or a set of bizarre twins who resemble Playboy bunnies.

Initially, tech giant Apple requested five emojis – artist, firefighter, pilot, astronaut and judge – but the update is also set to include female versions of existing male-gendered emojis, the rainbow flag and further food options.

Though it admittedly doesn’t cover every profession it does attempt to bridge the gap between male and female representation on the keyboard.

It will also include brand new facial expressions such as the infamous ‘lying face’ as well as various hobby emojis like boxing, wrestling and our favourite pastime, cartwheeling. You can see the full range of additional emojis here

Feature image credit: emojipedia

Related

iris-apfel-emojis-2-crop.png

Fashion icon Iris Apfel’s emojis have landed and we cannot deal

emojis2.png

Apple’s diverse new emojis will hit our screens in September

mum working.jpg

“Why our stale working culture feeds a gaping gender pay gap"

taylor pretty little liar.jpg

Taylor Swift accused of “false feminism” by Pretty Little Liars star

iStock_85829745_MEDIUM.jpg

Female journalists share their stories of sexual harassment

Helen-Mirren-1975.png

Watch Helen Mirren shut down Parkinson in sexist 1975 interview

Comments

More

London's best pop-up bars for summer 2017

Sunset cocktail on the beach, anyone?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
26 Jun 2017

To the Bone director defends drama from claims it “triggers” anorexia

The first trailer for the Netflix drama has sparked controversy

by Elle Griffiths
26 Jun 2017

Bride asks bridesmaids to pay for her designer dress

Well, Marchesa ain't cheap...

by Anna Pollitt
26 Jun 2017

GirlBoss is latest show to fall victim to Netlflix's cancelling spree

The series has been culled after just one season

by Elle Griffiths
26 Jun 2017

Woman forced to leave pool over “inappropriate” swimming costume

Misogynists couldn’t handle her pink one-piece

by Kayleigh Dray
26 Jun 2017

Clueless nearly never got made because of Hollywood sexism

As Cher would say, as if

by Jasmine Andersson
23 Jun 2017

Starbucks are hiring 2,500 refugees across Europe

by Nicola Colyer
23 Jun 2017

Man carries out flower girl duties with immense pride and solemnity

His commitment is quite something

by Amy Swales
23 Jun 2017

Shocking US law says men can finish sex if woman withdraws consent

Shocking

by Moya Crockett
23 Jun 2017

Serial fans, Adnan Syed has been given a second chance in court

New hope for Syed supporters

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Jun 2017