How A Letter From An 11 Year Old Girl To DC Comics Went Viral


This was a letter written by one eleven year old girl, Rowan, and posted on his blog with permission of Rowan and her parents by David Perry.

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.

He stated "If anyone at DC (or anyone else) would like to contact Rowan, I'll be glad to put you in touch with her family."

Well, that happened, being picked up by The Daily Dot,, The The Mary Sue,, Robot6, Nerdspan, Cinema Blend, and most of Twitter courtesy of David M Perry. And DC replied,

Which may not tackle Rowan's actual point. She wants a Hawkgirl toy. Where can she get a Hawkgirl toy? It shouldn't be that hard these days, should it?

Thankfully, DC used to make Hawkgirl toys. So there's always eBay. But one of the issues in recent years is that female comic book toy characters, rather than increasing are decreasing. When there are women in ensemble comic book movies or TV shows, they get replaced or reduced in the toy count – as a result becoming rare, going up in price and even further out of the hands of young girls or boys who might actually like to play with them.

And this problem isn't going away…

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