Lisa Marie Basile
Updated Feb 20, 2015 @ 11:01 am

It’s no secret that there’s a gender bias in the realm of superheroes. The most famous cape-wearing do-gooders skew male by a lot and combatting that means combatting the larger, pervasive problem of sexism in our culture. But, as one astute and awesome 11-year-old girl pointed out in a letter to DC comics, if Marvel can make a smash hit out of a movie starring talking tree and a wise-cracking raccoon, then maybe, just maybe, DC could make something special with its iconically awesome lady superheroes, like Wonder Woman.

Fed up with the lack of powerful girl characters in the comic world, Rowan Hansen decided to pen a letter to DC Comic and we salute her. Check out her letter, which was posted online by a family friend, below:

Yes! Rowan brings up some excellent points about, not only the lack of female superheroes, but the problematic way these characters are depicted when they do make an appearance (pink and purple backgrounds…seriously?).

Rowan’s letter went viral, and DC Comics did the right thing and penned a response via Twitter:

Oh, and if the tweets and promise of female-driven projects weren’t awesome enough, DC also gave Rowan a special, personalized gift for speaking her mind and bringing so much attention to the topic — a picture of her as a DC hero:

We love that Rowan spoke up about her passion to get more powerful girls in comics. The lack of female characters in “traditionally male” culture needs to change. Women and girls want to be involved in the fun, and we need smart, powerful superheroes to look up to as well.

The truth is, the troubling lack of female characters plagues more than just the comic community. Just last year, the President of Women in Games International discussed the issue as well: “It’s boring that we’re continuing to have this conversation….I started in the industry nine years ago and it seems like we’re having the same conversation with the same responses from industry insiders, gamers and the media. It needs to be more substantive.”

What does this mean for the comic world and for girls in general? DC Comics has a real opportunity here to listen to their audience and honor this request and we hope they take advantage of it.

(Images via here, here, and here.)