Superheroes who Empower
More than 130,000 die-hard comic book fans are expected to partake in Comic-con International beginning this Thursday in San Diego. Many of these fans will be elaborately dressed as their favorite comic book characters, and many of them will be women and girls.
How does the portrayal of superheroes affect girls?
Historically, female comic book characters have been represented as stereotypically feminine, often possessing inferior strength and power. Take Wonder Woman, for example, an Amazon warrior depicted in a bustier, blue underpants, red leather boots and tiara. According to the Geena Davis Institute on gender in the Media , these types of images can be harmful to girls, impacting their self-esteem and societal roles.
How are the women of Comic-con changing the stereotypes and inspiring girls?
With a growing number of women working as comic book writers, editors and illustrators, superheroines are beginning to realize their true potential to save the world and are taking on greater leadership roles. The latest example is Captain Marvel, a woman with superhuman strength and the universe’s most powerful hero. She is good for business, too. The film, which opened in the U.S. in March, was Marvel Studio’s first female-dominated superhero film. It grossed more than $1 billion in the box office and is one of the highest grossing superhero films of all time.
How can you discover the Superhero in yourself?
You don’t have to wear a cape or red leather boots to be a superhero. Learn how to Be a Champion by mentoring a junior colleague. And uncover the power you have to take charge of your financial future by attending our Solutions for Women events.
Comic-con’s Hall of Fame 2019 nominees are change makers
Among the 2019 Hall of Fame nominees, the following women have helped pave the way for other women in the industry.
• June Tarpe Mills, artist and creator of Miss Fury (first published in 1941)
• Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better or For Worse and the first woman to receive the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year
• Jenette Kahn, who revived DC Comics and was honored as Living Legend in 2000 by the Library of Congress
• Lily Renee Wilhelm Peters Philips, artist who drew for multiple comic strips including The Lost World and Abbott & Costello Comics
• Wendi Pini, who with her husband Richard, created the manga-influenced award-winning series, Elfquest, and has drawn and written for multiple comic publishers
• Maggie Thompson, who with her late husband Don, were leaders in fandom publications