The Symbol of the Year in 2013, as voted by Symbolic Systems Program affiliates, is...
the equal sign
The Human Rights Campaign's modified logo became a viral symbol for marriage equality in 2013 ahead of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in June. The embedded equal sign also featured prominently in similar logos, reinforcing an equality message that was echoed in the cracking of the glass ceiling for women.
Nominated by BJ Fogg (Consulting Professor, School of Education)