11-Year-Old Demands More Female Superheroes, DC Comics Responds Awesomely
A ton of celebs have been speaking out and leading the charge for feminism lately, including Emma Watson, Beyonce, and Charli XCX. But perhaps one of the most inspiring and, frankly, badass feminists we’ve come across lately is an 11-year-old comic book lover.
Rowan Hansen, a fifth grader from Champaign, IL, grew up avidly reading comic books and admiring the superheroes filling the pages and, later, coming to life on the big screen. But she noticed one thing was way off: there’s a severe lack of girl power.
So our bespectacled crusader took matters into her own hands and penned a polite but firm letter to DC Comics campaigning for more female superheroes.
“I love your comics, but I would love them a lot more if there were more girls,” she wrote, before also noting the company’s lack of females in its movies. “There are Superman and Batman movies, but not a Wonder Woman one. You have a Flash TV show but not a Wonder Woman one. Marvel comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome, but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.”
She finished the letter, “Please do something about this. Girls read comics too and they care.”
During a segment about Rowan that aired on NBC’s “Today” show yesterday (Feb. 20), Rowan continued to state her case, saying, “I have never really understood why they’ve had more male superheroes. It’s not like the male superheroes are better than the female superheroes. But there are just more of them.”
And even though she does acknowledge that a few female heroes do exist, Rowan also brought up an extremely important point regarding their questionable costumes. “If Batman gets to wear armor, then why doesn’t Wonder Woman get to wear armor?” she asked. “And I know that she’s kind of invulnerable, but it would still be nicer if she didn’t wear a bathing suit all the time.”
First things first, can you tell that Rowan is the daughter of two English professors? Because she has a seriously impeccable vocabulary.
Rowan’s dad, Jim, posted her letter online in January, and DC Comics first responded with a couple of assuring tweets.
But yesterday, the company really came through by surprising Rowan with the coolest gift ever: a custom, hand-drawn illustration depicting her as a (very appropriately-clothed, thankyouverymuch) superhero.
Even though Rowan admits the drawing is way cool, she insists she hasn’t lost sight of the greater goal. “It was really, really cool, ’cause they’re so big and important people. But I thought ‘I don’t want people to think, ‘Oh, yeah, okay, they responded to her. Now it’s over.’ I want people to keep trying to make this happen, because it’s really important to me,” she said.
So true, Rowan. Hopefully DC Comics will get the message and get to work. They’ve already given a Wonder Woman movie the green light, but honestly, we’re also hoping they get around to developing some brand-new female comic book characters. After all, Wonder Woman (fabulous as she may be) has been around since the 1940s. And as Rowan proves, clearly there’s no shortage of modern-day superheroes to draw inspiration from.