When you think of superheroes, who do you think of? Batman? Superman? Spiderman? Well, saving the world isn’t just for boys, and Marvel is out to prove it.
In line with the release of Captain America: Civil War (in theaters May 6), Marvel, in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange, is amping up the girl power with their Girls Reforming The Future Challenge.
Girls between the ages of 15 and 18, in grades 10-12, who want to make a positive change in the world using STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) can submit a project that is in line with the goals of the Avengers team: the commitment to safeguard humanity, to protect the world at all costs, and to make the world a better place for future generations.
Out of the submissions, five Supergirls will be chosen to present their ideas in front of a panel of (hopefully not all male) scientists at Marvel Studios and strut their stuff at the red carpet premiere of the film. One winner will then be given a week-long internship to work alongside the creative team at Marvel.
It is important for girls to see themselves represented in careers that have been considered traditionally male, such as STEM and comics. Having been called out again and again for its male-dominated universe, Marvel is working to make visibility for women and girls more accessible. And while we won’t see a female led superhero film until Captain Marvel in 2019, we will hopefully see more women joining the behind-the-scenes team.
So while we have to sit through a few more films of boys flying around in their capes, girls will be putting on their lab coats to defend the universe.
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