If you are tired of having to choose from the same predictable female emoji characters (yes, I mean you, princess), now is the time to rejoice.
On Thursday, Google announced that the emoji subcommittee of the Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit organization that develops and promotes software internationalization standards, had agreed to add 11 new characters that portray professional women in every skin tone.
You’ll eventually be able to send text messages that feature a woman as a farmer, welder, mechanic, health worker, scientist, coder, business person, chef, student, teacher and David Bowie look-alike rockstar. But there’s more cause to celebrate. Unicode is also adding male and female versions of 33 existing emoji. You’ll no longer let out a deep sigh of frustration when hovering over the male runner, cyclist, police officer, weight lifter, surfer and detective, because those are getting a female option as well.
According to Google, the proposed emoji could be “included in future platform versions, and Google is working to incorporate them into future versions of Android.” However, there is no timeline for rollout. Google celebrated the move in its Thursday announcement: “We hope these updates help make emoji just a little more representative of the millions of people around the world who use them.”