There have always been a few strong women characters in the SF genre, women like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Buffy, X-Men’s Jean Grey, Storm, Mystique and Stargate SG-1‘s Samantha Carter. However, for the most part when it came to superheroes that world was dominated by the men in which Superman, Batman and Wolverine ruled supreme.
That is all about to change and it certainly is well past time. The increase of female participation over the years in sci-fi conventions, at comic book venues and most importantly, at the box office has awakened the money machine in Hollywood and within the publishing world.
It was recently announced that Marvel will unveil its first ever all-female Avengers team known as Avengers “A-Force” The same writer for this venture also revived Ms Marvel late last year and made her character more relevant to the 21st Century by making her an American Muslim.
In film fans have seen female characters who once stood behind their leading men in purely a support capacity now being elevated to more take charge independent characters. Some of those women have been Spiderman’s Gwen Stacy portrayed by actress Emma Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Iron Man character Pepper Potts and most recently the television debut of Marvel’s Agent Carter series in which the role of the female spy must overcome the male dominated prejudices in the post-World War II working world and proves that just because her reproductive organs are on the inside doesn't mean she isn't as capable as any man to do the job.
Women are coming to their own in worlds once the domain of men and are proving to be not only just as competent but far lovelier to watch as they find themselves in much demand. Perhaps a female Doctor Who isn't too far in the future.