Eleven-year-old Rowan Hansen attracted a lot of attention online last month for her letter asking DC Entertainment to “please do something” about the lack of comics, movies and toys featuring female superheroes. The publisher responded, tweeting, “We agree, we’re working hard to create more superhero fun for girls!.”
However, DC didn’t leave it at that.
This morning, NBC’s Today featured a segment about Rowan’s letter, and the disparity between male and female superheroes, and presented the fifth-grader with a token of DC’s “commitment to fulfill their promise.” Accompanying the enormous basket of “surprises” was a framed drawing of Rowan as a superhero.
Rowan was thrilled by DC initial reply, and with the art, but she makes it clear her mission doesn’t end there. “It was really, really cool, ’cause they’re so big and important people,” she said, regarding DC’s tweets. “But I thought ‘I don’t want people to think, “Oh, yeah, OK, they responded to her. Now it’s over.’ I want people to keep trying to make this happen, ’cause it’s really important to me.”