Typically when a new emoji proposal comes over the wire, it’s not worth diving too deep into because there are no guarantees that the Unicode Consortium will approve any or all of the new suggestions. In the case of a new proposal making waves on Wednesday morning, however, an exception should be made for two reasons:
First, the new emoji set aims to empower women by offering two sets of the same emoji, one male and one female. Second, they’ll almost certainly be approved by the consortium because one of the people behind the new proposal is Google’s Mark Davis, who just so happens to be the president of the Unicode Consortium.
In a nutshell, the new emoji list covers 13 different professions including a teacher, a farmer, a chef, a programmer, a scientist, a doctor, a surgeon and more. Most interestingly, they’re all available in either male or female form.
They’re also all derived from combinations of two existing emoji. For example, the scientist emoji is based on a combination of a man or woman’s face and a microscope. Meanwhile, combining the same face with a wrench emoji leads to a construction worker, while a schoolhouse emoji obviously results in a teacher.
Also of note, new male and female rockstar emoji are also included in the proposal.
You’ll find images of all 13 new emoji below, as seen in the proposal documentation. Each entry also includes the emoji combination on which the new proposed emoji is based.