Wednesday March 1, 2017

Women’s History Month 2017: Meet the Super SHE-roes

By Meghan Rivera

The theme for the 2017 Women’s History Month revolves around Super SHE-roes, honoring the female role models and heroes in our lives. This year’s poster is adorned with women superheroes from Marvel and DC Comics. But who are these colorful characters? Let’s take a closer look at these Super SHE-roes and their roles in comics as well as their impact in our world.

Carol DanversFirst, we have Carol Danvers, who made her first appearance in 1968. She joined the Air Force at the age of 18 to pay for college, worked at the CIA, and was the security chief of NASA. Besides her skills as an ace pilot and an impressive military officer, her superpowers include super strength, flight, psychic powers, and energy absorption/projections abilities. In 1977, Carol was given the title “Ms. Marvel” because writers wanted a superhero that could empower women. Fun fact: Marvel Studios announced a live-action film featuring Carol Danvers that is scheduled for release in 2019. Brie Larson will play the role of Danvers.

America ChavezNext, we have America Chavez, and let me tell you, this woman does not mess around! As a queer Latina superhero, America offers a splash of diversity in the comic realm. Her superpowers include super strength, flight, and invulnerability. She also has the ability to open and close doors between dimensions. Fans associate her with the phrase, “She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’ll punch you in the face”, acknowledging her tendency to punch her way through her enemies.

Kamala KhanOur third Super SHE-ro is Kamala Khan, a Muslim, Pakistani-American teen. Kamala is the current Ms. Marvel and first appeared in 2013. She fights crime in Jersey City and has the ability to stretch, shrink, and enlarge her body. But Kamala’s legacy goes beyond her supernatural abilities. She challenges Americans’ assumptions about Muslims and strives to change the media’s depiction of Muslim-Americans. She argues that Muslim-Americans and immigrants are not threats, but people who can strengthen our communities. In fact, Kamala’s image has appeared several times since President Trump’s inauguration, demonstrating her influence in our world today.

Wonder WomanOur fourth Super SHE-ro is a classic, Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is a founding member of the Justice League and first appeared in 1941. This iconic superhero has her roots in Greek mythology. Her parents are Queen Hippolyta and Zeus, and she is known as Princess of the Amazons and the goddess of war. Wonder Woman’s superpowers include super strength, speed, flight, the ability to talk to animals, and the ability to telepathically communicate with soldiers. Fun fact: her tiara is so sharp that she was able to cut Superman!

Monica RambeauWe wrap up our league with Monica Rambeau, otherwise known as Spectrum. Rambeau first appeared in 1982. Her list of accomplishments seems endless: trained by Captain America, cargo ship captain, police academy graduate, and expert swimmer. Her superpowers include energy transformation, superhuman speed, and invisibility. She led the Avengers and became a valuable and respected member of the team.

To learn more about these Super SHE-roes, join us for our “Ms. Marvel: No Normal” Book Discussion on Friday, March 31, in 206 Alumni Hall at 1:25 pm.

To view the full calendar of Women’s History Month events, visit go.udayton.edu/whm.

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