An eleven year old girl wrote DC Comics a letter asking for more female superhero movies and tv shows. While there has been progress made in the female superhero world in general (Agent Carter tv show, upcoming Wonder Woman, Black Widow, etc), female superheroes are very much a minority.
Rowan, via David Perry who’s a freelance writer, has a well written and well argumented essay that explains why DC should increase the spotlight on female superheroes.
See the original letter below:
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) January 28, 2015
And the easier to read transcript below:
“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 League Chibis™. I noticed in the little pamphlet that there are only 2 girl Chibis, and 10 boys. 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. Marvel Comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome, but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.
I would really like a Hawkgirl or Catwoman or the girls of the 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 movies or read books or comics where girls were the main characters, they all said yes.
Please do something about this. Girls read comics too and they care.
DC promply responded:
Yes Rowan, girls read comics too! Wonder Woman movie & Supergirl TV both in the works, with more exciting girl power announcements soon!
— DC Comics (@DCComics) January 30, 2015
It’s nice to see DC took the time to respond to an eleven year old and also nice to see an eleven year old girl having thoughts of equality at such a young age. Maybe next she’ll write Marvel a letter.