A period emoji is finally here thanks to a girls’ rights group. Plan International and NHS Blood and Transplant teamed up to create the new blood drop emoji.
In 2017, Plan International started a social media campaign to fight for an official period emoji and “challenge the stigma” around menstruation. More than 72,000 people worldwide voted on five designs. The winning design—a pair of period panties— was presented to Unicode but the design did not get approved.
Then Plan International teamed up with the UK health organization NHS Blood and Transplant to submit a different design to represent periods. And in the recently announced Emoji 12.0, the period drop was finally approved.
“It is through you support that we now can celebrate that the Unicode Consortium that announced that we will get our first ever #PeriodEmoji in March 2019,” Plan International UK stated on Facebook.
However, some say the new emoji isn’t the best representation of menstruation.
“Everybody who has ever had a period know: the blood is darker, thicker and very fibrous. A maxipad, menstrual cup, or tampon emoji would be more “empowering,”” @molotwikie stated on Twitter.
“That ‘period emoji’ is just a blood droplet. It’s just a drop of blood, that could be anything. Gimme a tampon/pad/menstrual cup emoji and then we’ll talk,” @brightspirits_ stated.