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Are you a professional woman? There may finally be an emoji for you

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then there are approximately zero words currently represented in the emoji library to discuss women in the working world. But now, Google is looking to change that. On Tuesday, a group of Google employees presented a proposal for 13 new emojis to the Unicode Consortium, the body that oversees the emoji universe (yes, such an organization exists).

“Our proposal is to create a new set of emoji that represents a wide range of professions for women and men with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women’s careers and empowering girls everywhere,” the proposal states. “We believe this will empower young women (the heaviest emoji users), and better reflect the pivotal roles women play in the world.”

Emojis, which are widely used by texters, instant messengers, and really, just people around the world, have previously come under fire for their rather one-dimensional depictions. After all, it was only last year that the Consortium began to include other skin tones to account for racial diversity across the globe. And now, Google is hoping that women can be shown as more than dancing figurines, princesses, or naysayers who just hold their arms in an X shape in front of their faces.

The 13 emojis Google has proposed include a graduate, a doctor, a farmer, a rock star, and a software engineer. Part of this effort may be aspirational to some sense, as the tech sector as a whole struggles with its own diversity crisis — at Google, only 30 percent of employees are women, a trend that is reflected throughout Silicon Valley and the industry at large.

Back in March, Amy Butcher, an assistant professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University, penned an op-ed in The New York Times that Google cites as motivation for its latest project. In her piece, Butcher asked of the available emojis, “Where, I wanted to know, was the fierce professor working her way to tenure? Where was the lawyer? The accountant? The surgeon? How was there space for both a bento box and a single fried coconut shrimp, and yet women were restricted to a smattering of tired, beauty-centric roles?”

If Google has any say, they’ll be in your emoji library soon.

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