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  • Female superheroes are taking centre stage
  • Female superheroes are taking centre stage
    Karah Levely-Rinaldi (2011) ©

Female superheroes are taking centre stage

Superheroes have been influencing kids for generations. But are they teaching them the right lessons? Challenging the dominance of male comic heroes, DC Comics has announced an 'unprecedented' plan to repackage its female superheroes and super villains for girls aged 6 to 12.



  • Article image Is Barbie’s reign really over?

    With her long blonde hair, tiny waist and pure pink wardrobe, Barbie is an icon. She may be only 11 and a half inches tall, but this cultural giant has occupied a prominent position in little girls’ toy boxes for over half a century. In 2014, Barbie was knocked off the top spot on most the popular girls’ toy list. But is Barbie’s reign really over?

  • WoW forced to take on the gender debate WoW forced to take on the gender debate

    From Lara Croft to Tifa Lockhart, the women in games are as famed for their skimpy outfits as their ability to punch and climb their way through their storylines. In-game sexism is as prevalent as ever. Now, World of Warcraft is addressing some of its own social demons.

  • Article image How new superheroes are fighting oppression

    Comic book heroes are becoming a medium through which to discuss sensitive social issues. And from Kamala Khan to the Burka Avenger, leading the march is an army of powerful Muslim women.

  • Article image Can Elle rebrand feminism?

    A 'taboo' topic with enduring stereotypes, feminism has often been avoided by women's magazines – until now. Can a new campaign by British fashion magazine Elle 'rebrand' feminism?