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Google introduces new emojis for women to reflect diversity

Google is introducing a new line of emojis for women to include a wider range of careers. The new emojis are expected to highlight the diversity of women’s careers and empower women. While there is a huge range of emoji that already exist, there aren't many that highlight the diversity of women's careers, or empower young girls.

More than 90 percent of the world's online population use emoji. In May, Google proposed the new set of emoji to the Unicode Technical Committee to reflect the pivotal roles that women play in the world. The Unicode Technical Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Unicode Standard, a character coding system designed to support the worldwide interchange of written texts. 

Today, the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee has agreed to add 11 new professional emoji in both male and female options and with all the skin tones included. That's more than 100 new emoji to choose from. The proposal is not limited to adding emojis for women, but for men as well. Unicode is adding a male and female runner emoji and a man or woman getting a haircut. 

The new emojis are one of several efforts to better represent women in technology, and to connect girls with the education and resources they need to pursue careers in STEM. Less than 1% of girls study Computer Science. Google's efforts hope to change that statistic. For World Emoji Day on 17 July, Made with Code, a Google initiative to get girls to learn to code, released a new project that teaches coding skills through the creation of emoji-inspired stickers. 

These additions will be included in future versions of Android and other platforms-- since Unicode helps make sure that people with different phones can send and receive the same emoji. 

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