Girl Agitates for Female Superheroes, Becomes One

DC Comics pays tribute to Rowan Hansen
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2015 4:15 PM CST
Girl Agitates for Female Superheroes, Becomes One
The DC Comics rendering of 11-year-old Rowan Hansen.   (DC Comics)

An 11-year-old girl in Illinois made headlines last month when she wrote to DC Comics wondering why there weren't more female superheroes and why the ones who did exist got stuck with "not very practical" costumes. The company first answered Rowan Hansen via tweet, "Thanks, Rowan. We agree, we're working hard to create more superhero fun for girls!" And today, it followed up with a rendering of Rowan herself as a superhero. The drawing was presented to her at the end of a Today show segment, described as DC's "commitment to fulfill their promise."

Rowan seemed thrilled, but judging by what io9 calls her "perfect" response to the company's tweet, it doesn't sound as if gestures will be enough to satisfy her. “It was really, really cool, ’cause they’re so big and important people,” she said. “But I thought ‘I don’t want people to think, “Oh, yeah, OK, 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." (Read more DC Comics stories.)

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