With a Supergirl series coming to CBS this fall, and films centered around Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel slated to hit movie screens in 2017 and 2018 respectively, it appears that Hollywood is slooooowly starting to give female superheroes their due. So, don’t be surprised if you see an uptick in comic book interest among young girls. Here are ten whom you might want to introduce to the future real-life superheroes in your life:
Real Name: Princess Diana of Themyscira
Powers: Flight, superhuman strength, superhuman speed, superhuman agility, agelessness. She also possesses a lasso that bends others to her will.
Why You’d Want Your Daughter To Emulate Her: Along with Superman and Batman, this Amazon demigoddess is part of DC Comics’ The World’s Finest Trinity, making her not only one of the most revered female superheroes, but one of the most revered superheroes period. This is no small feat considering the sexist bullshit she had to put up with at the hands of male comic book writers over the years. She was originally written by William Moulton Marston to be an icon of feminism, and she’s continually had to fight to stay that way.
2. Captain Marvel
3. Ms. Marvel
Real Name: Kamala Khan
Powers: The ability to stretch and contort her body into any shape she can imagine.
Why You’d Want Your Daughter To Emulate Her: She’s probably the comic book world’s first teenage Muslim Pakastani nerd superhero, which makes her kind of a trailblazer.
Real Name: Jennifer Walters
Powers: Superhuman strength, superhuman speed, superhuman agility, pretty decent human understanding of law, greenness.
Why You’d Want Your Daughter To Emulate Her: She has somehow managed to juggle two careers: practicing law and superhero-ing. Like Wonder Woman, she overcame a lot of extremely sexist portrayals on her way to becoming one of the most identifiable superheroes in Marvel’s canon.
Real Name: Unknown
Powers: Superhuman strength, superhuman invulnerability, wields the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, which allows her to channel lightning.
Why You’d Want Your Daughter To Emulate Her: She picked up Mjolnir from the surface of the moon after its previous owner Thor Odinson became unworthy to carry it. That kind of means she has greater worth than a god. That’s got to be good for self-esteem.
Real Name: Kate Kane
Powers: Acrobatics, expert level hand-to-hand combat, stealth, gadgetry.
Why You’d Want Your Daughter To Emulate Her: Despite her name, she works mostly on her own, without Batman’s help. She’s also a proudly out lesbian. She doesn’t waste valuable crime-fighting time taking selfies, like certain other Batpeople.
Real Name: Rachel Roth
Powers: Flight, telekinesis, teleportation, astral projection, the psionic ability of absorb or steal the emotions of others.
Why You’d Want Your Daughter To Emulate Her: As the daughter of a human mother and an inter-dimensional demon father who’s always trying to kill her, she understands that families are complicated. She’s also not easily demoralized—after being rejected by the Justice League for being part demon, she formed her own superhero group called theNew Teen Titans.
Real Name: Jean Grey
Powers: Telepathy, telekinetics, psionics, astral projection, ability to create cosmic flames in any situation, resurrection, immortality.
Why You’d Want Your Daughter To Emulate Her: After beating death, she returned to our realm as one of the most powerful Cosmic entities in the universe, thus proving that with a little determination, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.
9. Squirrel Girl
Real Name: Doreen Green
Powers: Ability to climb like a squirrel, jump like a squirrel, talk to squirrels, control squirrels, use her prehensile tail like a squirrel, other various squirrel-related things.
Why You’d Want Your Daughter To Emulate Her: She’s drawn by Erica Henderson in a very non-comics-comforming, body positive way. Also, she managed to defeatWolverine, Doctor Doom and Thanos with just a little help from some unassuming rodent friends.
Real Name: Gwendolyne Stacy
Powers: Superhuman strength, superhuman agility, superhuman reflexes, ability to crawl on walls, extrasensory spider-sense, pretty much all of Spider-Man’s powers, actually.
Why You’d Want Your Daughter To Emulate Her: Whereas, in the common reality, Gwen Stacy was the non-super girlfriend of Peter Parker/Spider-Man before her death, in this alternate reality she is the superhero, and Peter Parker was her non-super boyfriend.