Category Archives: Women

Where no girl has gone before

I hope my last post of female superhero comics proves that the feats of a fictional role model don’t have to be achievable to be inspiring. Likewise, I hope the following list of science fiction and fantasy comics proves that a … Continue reading

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Fight like a girl

The world of comic book heroes has always been a boys club. Although it doesn’t enforce a strict “no girls allowed” policy, the few female members it accepts are rarely able to break though the clubhouse’s glass ceiling  — despite … Continue reading

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Misogyny unmasked

Tonight PBS is airing a three-hour documentary, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, which, among other things, promises to examine how caped crusaders have addressed “contemporary social issues” throughout their 75-year history in comics, radio, television and film. Hopefully, this will include battlefield … Continue reading

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Standing up for women

Texas Senator Wendy Davis walked right out of a Frank Capra movie and into the world spotlight when she stood on the floor of her state senate for more than 11 hours June 25th to filibuster a bill that would … Continue reading

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Adding insult to injury

As a comic book character, Batgirl only really took flight once she became permanently grounded.  It wasn’t until a vicious attack by the Joker put her in a wheelchair that Barbara Gordon—daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon and … Continue reading

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American herstory

Considering the tardiness of my last post on Black History Month, I thought it would be nice to post something in honor of Women’s History Month while it is still March (barely). This year’s theme is “Our History is Our … Continue reading

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Women of Steel

In honor of Women’s Equality Day (which coincides with the anniversary of the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment that granted U.S. women suffrage), I’m posting this roster of women superheroes who are feminist role models and/or champion various social justice … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman’s makeover mishaps

DC Comics made national headlines a couple weeks ago when it unveiled a new costume for its most famous female superhero. The costume was designed, according to new writer for the Wonder Woman comic book series, J. Michael Straczynski, “to … Continue reading

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