Recently, a letter written by an eleven year old girl to DC Entertainment arguing that there needed to be more female superheroes went viral. DC responded to the girl saying they agreed and had some exciting girl power news still to come. Yesterday we got the news, and boy was it good. DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers announced that this fall they would be launching the "DC Super Hero Girls," a line of comics, TV specials, and toys aimed at girls ages 6-12. I really hope this winds up being as awesome as it sounds. Young girls have waited to feel welcomed by the comics community and now is their chance. I've written about feminism in comics before, but most of my favorite lady lead titles are aimed at an older audience. The television shows and toys made for this group are filled with male superheroes but not as many of their female counterparts.
My biggest fear is that they market this completely towards girls and boys are totally turned off by it. It is just as important that boys see all kinds of strong heroes to look up too, women included. I do have a Little Golden Book featuring Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Poison Ivy that I often read at school and it does not seem to make any difference to the boys that the book is centered around ladies. They still love it. Either way, my excitement for this completely outweighs my fears.
The first comics I read were DC and it makes me so happy to think of the generations of girls to come that could get to grow and learn with these incredible characters. Some of my female middle school students are big fans of sci-fi and fantasy and they notice the lack of female representation in these genres. It makes me so sad to hear them discussing the fact that they don't think they have as many strong women characters to look up to. This could make such an amazing change towards the better, Kudos DC.