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An Interational Symbol for Nursing

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Friday, October 27, 2006

I'm a little late to the game on this one, but there are still a few days of voting left, so it's worth mentioning...

Mothering Magazine is sponsoring a contest to pick a new icon to represent Nursing. (Think of the wheelchair symbol on handicapped spaces or the man and woman icons on restrooms...)

From the site:

The image of a baby bottle announcing the location of a "parents lounge" in an airport got us thinking: Is there an international symbol for breastfeeding? Similar to the familiar icons we've all seen indicating a handicapped parking spot or the women's restroom, this image would be a recognizable symbol indicating that a place is breastfeeding friendly. Ideally, the space would be private, quiet, with a comfortable chair and an electrical outlet for pumping.

So we put out a call. We received an overwhelming response, over 500 entries from both the design and breastfeeding communities. While the images are currently copyrighted by the artists, we plan to make the winning image available worldwide (copyright-free, as a public domain image) with recommendations that it be used in workplaces, airports, malls, restaurants, conferences/expos, libraries, parks, or any public place.

The twelve finalists are available for viewing (and voting) here. (Numbers 4 and 8 are my personal favorites.)

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