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The emojis on your phone are going to become more diverse

Unicode will be introducing 11 new professional emojis depicting women in different careers.

Image: Google

THE EMOJIS ON your phone are going to become more diverse and inclusive as women and careers are added to the list.

Back in May, Google proposed a set of emoji that would depict different careers of women of different backgrounds

Now the Unicode Technical Committee, which decides what emoji are included, will be adding 11 new professional emojis depicting both men and women in different careers.

Before that, the range of emoji depicting women was pretty limited, giving them options like princess and bride, while men had emojis like police officer and construction worker.

Not only will they cater for both men and women, users will also be able to choose the skin tones for each of them as well.

skintones_b Source: Google

It will also be adding male and female versions to 33 existing emojis including runner, haircut, police officer, swimmer, and spy, emojis that only had a male or female option.

gender Source: Google

The update will be included in future versions of iOS, Android and any other software platform that includes emojis. Both Apple and Google are preparing their next major updates, iOS 10 and Android Nougat, for release in the Autumn.

Last month, Unicode announced that 72 new emojis would be added to the collection, adding to the 1,601 emojis that already exist.

They cover areas like animals, sports, food and drink, travel and objects and feature emojis like sneezing face, shrug, face palm, fingers cross, fencer and juggling.

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