Finally Female Emojis Can Have Real Jobs, Like Scientist and David Bowie

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 Emoji might be the language of the future. Bloomberg’s Tejal Rao–one of my personal favorite food writers–even wrote an all-emoji review of one of the world’s best restaurants. We even have Kimoji, or Kim Kardashian emojis, but until recently our lady emoji options were pretty limited. There was a lady in a wedding veil, a lady in a crown (some see “princess,” but I believe she is a queen), and a lady getting her hair cut. There was also a sexy lady dancer and a couple Playboy bunnies. Now, however, the people at Google who decide what Emoji we will be using have unveiled a new collection of professional emoji women.

“These new emoji are one of several efforts we’re making to better represent women in technology, and to connect girls with the education and resources they need to pursue careers in STEM,” Google said in a press release.

There are 11 new professional emoji, including policewomen, detective women, scientists, Buckingham Palace guards, construction workers, chefs, doctors, and my personal favorite, David Bowie. All the professions will be in male and female options, and come in all the Emoji skin colors.

Also awesome is that Google is adding male and female options to all the existing people emojis. So now the surfer is male or female, men and women can both get haircuts, and men and women can both flip their hair. It’s good that representation goes both ways! Women can lift weights, and men can flip their hair.

Yes, equality of racial and gender representation in emojis might seem like a silly thing. Yes, there are bigger problems in the world than emoji. But representation matters, and most people–especially young people–use emojis every day. So yes, I’m glad that there is a female doctor emoji, and I am going to be using that “lady dressed as David Bowie” emoji every single day for the rest of my life.