We want #Emojiquality
Give women a running emoji
Women run. Women use emojis. So why is the only ‘running’ emoji a man in jeans? Check your phone. That’s the only option. And it’s ridiculous.
Race for Life is going to make sure that the “woman running” emoji becomes a reality. How? Unicode (the people who decide on new emojis) have put the female runner up for consideration.
They want to know if ‘woman running’ is a priority. Yes, that’s right.
So let’s tell them. With hundreds of thousands of signatures.
We need to act fast — the review closes May 1st.
Sign this petition by April 28th, and we’ll submit it to the Public Review on the issue of gender equality “Proposed Draft UTS #52, Unicode Emoji Mechanisms.” Yes, that’s a thing.
Sign, share and together we will make “woman running” a reality. Because women running is our reality.
Click here to learn more about UK’s largest women only running event, Race for Life.
- Unicode Consortium
Dear Unicode Consortium,
We are Race for Life, a women-only running (and walking, and jogging) event held in the United Kingdom.
For the past 21 years, more than seven million women have taken part in our events, raising over £548 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. Pretty cool, right?
We love emoji but were disappointed, then perplexed at the lack of female runner.
How are we supposed to brag about our latest 5k? Our marathon preparation? Or let the girls know we missed the bus? With a man in jeans?
You can imagine our delight when we discovered that a gender variation was up for consideration as part of UTS #52, Unicode Emoji Mechanisms! And when we also saw you wanted feedback from users of emoji, well, we had to speak up.
Now, we know there are complicated and multi-layered issues involved in expanding the scope of emoji. And we know that it’s up to individual vendors to roll out the gender variations once they are all implemented.
BUT you wanted to know which variants were the highest priority. Flag subdivisions, gender, directional or hair colour? So we, and all the signees on this petition will tell you: FEMALE. RUNNER. EMOJI.
At this stage we don’t care which way she faces, what colour hair she has. We certainly don’t want to deny Scotland their chance of a flag (over tens of thousands of Scottish lassies take part in Race for Life). But if there can be only one, please Unicode, let it be her.
We will be submitting our formal response to this Public Review Issue using the channels you’ve outlined, on April 29th. We hope, when the Unicode Technical Committee get together May 1, there won’t be a shadow of doubt which variation is the most wanted.
Race for Life & and signees
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