An 11-year-old girl has a few choice words for DC Comics.
Little Rowan has been a fan of comics since she was 2 years old, but she's always been frustrated at the lack of female superheroes.
Whether shopping for a Wonder Woman Halloween costume to no avail, or hoping to see a heroine at the movie theater, Rowan doesn't understand why women can't have an equal force in the DC Comics universe.
When the girl received a set of DC Comics chibis (anime-style dolls) for her birthday, she was disappointed to see only two were women, and even those were branded by pink and purple packaging.
Tired of feeling left out, Rowan wrote her favorite publisher a heartfelt but disappointed letter.
Renée, Rowan's mother, told The Daily Dot her daughter has always been disappointed by the way superhero creators treat women, saying,
We tried to explain that most companies don't think girls are interested in superheroes, so they don't think they'll make money on products that feature female characters. She thought that was stupid, and she got pretty angry about it, even at age 5 or 6.
The note, which was republished by journalist David M. Perry, is an impassioned feminist cry from one of DC's proudest fans.
Perry, a friend of Rowan's parents, shared her letter online.
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. Sincerely, Rowan
Inspired by the viral attention stirred up by the request, DC Comics responded to Rowan's letter on Twitter.
Thanks Rowan. We agree, we’re working hard to create more superhero fun for girls! — DC Comics (@DCComics) January 30, 2015
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 seems adult superhero fans have plenty of requests of their own. It just took a little girl's boldness to get the message through.
.@DCComics Hopefully not just for girls, but for women too. #fingerscrossed — Brenda Noiseux (@bittenby) January 30, 2015
@DCComics Thanks for responding to Rowan. There are a lot of little girls waiting to see what you come up with! — heylucyjane (@heyLUCYJANEtees) January 31, 2015
.@DCComics can we stop hyper sexualizing female characters while we're at it? Thanks — m (@funconventional) February 2, 2015