Race for Life campaigns for female emoji - Women's Running UK

Race for Life campaigns for female runner emoji

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  April 25, 2016


Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series, is supporting a campaign for a female running emoji.

At present, the running character used to add to texts, Facebook statuses, Instagram posts, Snapchats, tweets and more is a male, with only Google offering a gender-neutral runner. There is not a specific female runner on any platform.

In October last year, professional distance runner and Olympian Molly Huddle campaigned for the female running emoji. Huddle submitted a formal request for the female running emoji to the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit corporation that develops the Unicode Standard (the character-coding system) and oversees the addition of new emojis.

Among other variants of new emojis, the Unicode Consortium is now considering the female running emoji and Race for Life is keen to ensure the emoji makes Unicode’s priority list.

Race for Life is asking its half a million social media followers, who take part in its 5K and 10K events and Pretty Muddy obstacle course, to sign and share a petition that they’ll submit to the public review on the issue on 1 May.

Emma Hyatt, Head of Race for Life, said:

“We’re really determined to get the public on board to campaign for a female runner emoji…we want to gather our supporters to help make this a reality.”

Would you like the option of a female running emoji to add to your texts and tweets? To support the campaign and sign the petition click here, and to share your thoughts on the issue, leave us a comment below.

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