Super Girls! Supergirl

Name: Kara Zor-El Alias: Supergirl Powers: Super strength, flight, invulnerability, super speed, heat vision, freeze breath, X-ray vision, superhuman hearing, healing Appears in: DC comic series Supergirl, Action Comics, Superman/Batman Adventure Comics, The Superman Family, The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, and CW’s television series Supergirl Quotes: Hank Henshaw: I see you share your cousin’s appetite for wanton destruction, Miss Danvers. Supergirl: You know, I am starting to answer to Supergirl. Alex Danvers: Hey, you’ve been dodging missiles and pushing your endurance...

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Book Review: Crazy is my Superpower

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a happy childhood. Some children are forced to grow up far too quickly; AJ Mendez Brooks was one of those children. Her autobiography, Crazy is my Superpower, tells this story. She grew up with young parents who found it difficult to hold down a job. As a result she and her three siblings were often left to fend for themselves. After moving from apartment to apartment the family found themselves homeless. They lived in their car for a while before moving into a motel in New Jersey. Throughout this challenging time AJ found comfort in comic books, video...

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Super Girls! Hit-Girl

Name: Hit Girl Occupation: Superhero/schoolgirl Appears in: Marvel comic series Kick-Ass, films Kick Ass and Kick Ass 2, Hit-Girl comic series 2008 – 2013 Powers/abilities: hand to hand combat, martial arts training Quotes: “Robin wishes he was me.” “Don’t worry about me. I can kill a man with his own finger.” “I can’t see through walls. But I can kick your ass.”   The world of Kick-Ass is loved partially for its incredibly self-conscious inversion of the superhero genre. The central character, Dave, is a virtually incompetent but optimistic guy who spends the majority of his time...

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Book Review: Bond Girl

Bond Girl (Erin Duffy, 2012) takes you behind the scenes of Wall Street, an arena dominated by men but this book shows what it’s like to be a young woman trying to carve out a career. Alex Garrett had always wanted to work in finance having taken inspiration from her father. After graduating from college she manages to secure an entry level job on Wall Street. She is one of only two female members of the 40 person team and she soon finds that being the new kid on the block isn’t all that glamorous. She is basically used as the office gofer for the first few weeks at the firm, alongside doing...

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Book Review: Countesses and Honourables

The Secret Countess is a gorgeous novel by Eva Ibbotson that has been a long time favorite of mine since I was a tween. Anna Granzinsky is an eighteen-year-old Russian Countess, who had to run away to England. Losing her riches, Anna takes up employment in a fine stately home, as the maid. Hiding who she truly is, Anna dedicates herself to her work. She becomes good friends with the other staff, including Proom the butler, and Mrs. Park the cook. But falling in love is not as easy for Anna, especially when the Earl of Westerholme comes home. Anna is the perfect example of what ‘good girls’...

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Super Girls! The Powerpuff Girls

Members: Blossom, Buttercup, Bubbles, collectively known as the Powerpuff Girls Powers: Super strength, super speed, flight, X-ray/laser vision, Supersonic screams, virtually indestructible Quotes: Buttercup: “I’m a mess, I need to change, and I don’t even know where to start.” Blossom: “I guess we shouldn’t judge people by what they look like.” Professor Utonium: “Unfortunately, people often get scared or angry when they don’t understand something special and unique.”   The Powerpuff Girls are maybe the quintessential empowering superheroes for young...

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Belle: Why “Funny” Girls Go Far

I didn’t have many friends growing up. I went to a small school in Connecticut where if one person didn’t like you, the other 30 kids didn’t either: they either ignored my existence entirely or picked on me for being different than them. My classmates would rave about Green Day, and I’d geek out over books and movies. The girls were all skinny and shopped at Hollister, and I was heavy and wore nothing but dresses. I was weird, obsessive, and quiet. Belle showed me they were wrong. In Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Belle was an outcast. With a passion for books and a wanderlust that pulled...

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Girls in Podcasts: Dear Sugars

Looking for something to listen to on your morning commute? Want to learn about girls over your lunch? There are loads of amazing podcasts out there about and by girls. Join us as we share some of our favorites in this series. I have never considered myself a fan of agony aunts. I’ve never read one in a newspaper, and I haven’t read one in a magazine for at least a decade.  Self-described as ‘radically empathic advice,’ Dear Sugars changed that. One of my favourite episodes, “Letters From Teenagers,” was recently revisited, and brings together what it means to be a teenage girl....

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Girls in Podcasts: At Home With…

Looking for something to listen to on your morning commute? Want to learn about girls over your lunch? There are loads of amazing podcasts out there about and by girls. Join us as we share some of our favorites in this series. New from bloggers Lily Pebbles & Anna Newton is the At Home With… podcast. Lily and Anna have interviewed inspirational women like Jo Elvin, editor of Glamour, to YouTuber and author Zoe Sugg. What makes this podcast different, however, is that they interview from the person’s home. At Home With… gives an insight to the women’s lives in a way that a...

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Super Girls! Violet from The Incredibles

  Name: Violet Parr Appears in: The Incredibles Occupation: Schoolgirl Powers: force-fields, turning invisible Quote: “I feel different. Is different okay?”   The Incredibles is one of my favourite Pixar movies. It’s funny, it’s creative, it’s original – and Edna Mode is maybe one of the best characters ever made. Of all the characters’ powers however, I was always most envious of Violet. It was only pointed out to me recently that her capabilities (creating force fields and turning invisible) mirror her own introverted personality from the film’s beginning. I’m not...

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