The Feminist Emojis Of Our Dreams Have Arrived

05/21/2015 10:58 am ET | Updated Jun 30, 2015

Last month, Apple released a new version of emojis which included a more diverse range of skin tones.

We rejoiced, of course, but every now and then, we still find ourselves wondering if something is still missing from our emoji collection. Sometimes you might feel lost for an avatar to express your intention to, let's say, bow down to a badass lady, indicate mansplaining or punctuate the "voice of a generation."

While we're pleased to deploy the dancing ladies, princess and salsa dancing emojis in a wider range of colors, we've often found ourselves wanting for slightly more dynamic characters.

MAKERS noticed that emojis picturing men involved a much wider range of activities and professions, but the platform has higher feminist ambitions than equal representation in virtual bike-riding and boat-rowing. That's why they created "femojis," a category of powerhouse feminist women emojis including Beyonce, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham and Ellen DeGeneres.

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The emoji set of our dreams also includes lesser known feminist icons like Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel into space. What better way to launch your pal out of bed to meet for Sunday brunch? Shoot for the stars, ladies.

"Compared to larger global women's issues, emojis may seem insignificant, but these tiny characters have become the primary language young girls use to express themselves in text messages or on social media," the MAKERS team writes. "And if they don’t see a female police officer like Val Demmings, are they less likely to aspire to be one?"

In the next round of emoji updates, we're begging the powers that be to get down with RBG and ask themselves, "Who Run The World?" Yes, that would be girls.

See the rest of MAKERS "femojis" below.

  • Beyoncé
    The original unitard-clad dancing lady.
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Express a dissenting opinion on whether your friend should get back with her ex.
  • Taylor Swift
    No more blank spaces.
  • Ellen DeGeneres
    Let's break some ground, while dancing.
  • Mae Jemison
    Lift off.
  • Oprah Winfrey
    For a-ha moments.
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Lena Dunham
    Those Wednesday nights.

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