Rowan Hansen, an eleven-year-old girl from Champaign, Illinois, loves reading comic books. For years she has been a fan of DC's catalogue of comics, but as she's grown up a bit, she has come to realize that there's a definite lack of women in represented among the heroes that she looks up to.
As a girl who understands and appreciates justice and equality in her reading material, Rowan decided she had to reach out to DC to voice her concerns about the underrepresentation of women.
Dear DC comics,
My name is Rowan and I am 11 years old. I love superheroes and have been reading comics and watching superhero cartoons and movies since I was very young. I’m a girl, and I’m upset because there aren’t very many girl superheroes or movies and comics from DC.
For my birthday, I got some of your Justice Leavue chibis. I noticed in the little pamphlet that there are only 2 girl chibis, and 10 oys. Also the background for the girl figures was all pink and purple.
I remember watching Justice League cartoons when I was really young with my dad. There are Superman and Batman movies, but not a Wonder Woman one. You have a Flash TV show but not a Wonder Woman one. Marel comics made a movie about a talking tree and a raccoon awesome, but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.
I would really like a Hawkgirl, or Catwoman, or the girls of Young Justice TV show action figures please. I love your comics, but I would love them a whole lot more if there were more girls.
I asked a lot of the people I know whether they watched the movies or read books for comics where the girls were the main characters, they all said yes.
Please do something about this, girls read comics too and they care.
DC took Rowans concerns into consideration once the letter went public and tweeted the following responses:
Rowan furthered her message of gender equality by posing the following question while talking to Today:
If Batman gets to wear armor, then why doesn't Wonder Woman get to wear armor? 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.
So true, Rowan! While she and her parents were extremely thankful that DC even took the time to respond, Rowan's quest is far from over. She told Today:
I was just, like, ‘Oh, my God, I can't believe this. 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, ’cause it's really important to me.
DC responded again by illustrating her as a superhero, sans "bathing suit" look, of course.
Their efforts have been much appreciated by Rowan, her family, and myself. DC knows that there are fans like Rowan out there who are looking for more strong female superheroes and it's good to know that they're listening. Hopefully they'll take action soon!
Way to go, Rowan! It's always great to hear that passionate people like you are standing up and making your voice heard like a real-life superhero.
*Update: The title image of this post has been changed to better represent female DC superheroes and villains. No one is trolling and you're all right. It was completely my mistake! *