Rowan Hansen is an 11-year-old comic book fan from Illinois. Recently, the fifth grader contacted DC Comics to ask the company why they didn’t feature more girls as superheroes. She was astonished at the reply she received.
Rowan had the following to say to DC in her letter:
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 League Chibis. I noticed in the little pamphlet that there are only 2 little girl chibis, and 10 boys. Also, the background for the girl figures was all pink and purple.
There are Superman and Batman movies, but not a Wonder Woman one. You have a Flash tv show, but not a Wonder Woman one.
Please do something about this. Girls read comics, too, and they care.
Rowan also calls into question some of the obvious sexism in superhero comics, especially as it relates to the costumes the characters wear. She wants to know how come Batman can wear armor, but Wonder Woman is always in a bathing suit. She also asks why Wonder Woman is always caught by Superman, but the situation is never reversed, with Wonder Woman doing the catching. The colors of the female superheroes costumes are a concern to her, as well. “If you’re fighting crime, I don’t understand how you’re gonna camouflage yourself if you’re wearing a bright pink suit,” she says. “That’s not very practical.”
DC Comics responds to Hansen.
Rowan’s father, Jim Hansen, is an English professor at the University of Illinois. He posted Rowan’s letter online, and it went viral, eventually catching the eye of DC Comics. On January 30, DC responded to Rowan with the following tweets:
The attention from DC excited Rowan, but that wasn’t the end of it. When the story aired on NBC’s Today show, Hansen was presented with a basket of gifts from the comic book company. Among those gifts was a sketch of DC’s latest female superhero: Rowan Hansen.
Hansen says she would like to see a Wonder Woman movie come out of the attention she has gotten. According to Today correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, Rowan says that while she would like to help out with the screenplay, “I don’t have time for a large project like that.”
Here’s a report, from NBC’s Today on YouTube:
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