Lesson 3: I’m not the only Lady Nerd out there!!!
Marvel‘s: Women of Marvel panel was truly excellent!! The panel consisted of Sara Pichelli (@sara_pichelli,) Marjorie Liu (@marjoriemliu,) Jeanine Schaefer (@j9schaefer,) Kelly Sue DeConnick (@kellysue,) Sana Amanat (@miniB622,) and Lauren Sankovitch (@PancakeLady.) Sorry if I missed anyone.
They tackled topics such as gender discriminations in the work place, the traditional objectification of women in comic books and how they handle the day to day awesomeness of working in the comic book industry.
Long has the comic book industry and the sci fi genre alike been thought of as ‘Boy’s Clubs.’ The idea that women can read comic books and enjoy sci fi, but not be fluent in geek speak is still a persistent mind set even today.
It was so refreshing to hear smart, talented, successful women share in their love of all things Geek and talk about the troubles or lack there of in breaking into that ‘Boy’s club.’
One audience member told of when she was younger, growing up with brothers, they would always make her play April from TMNT. It was like hearing my own story. I was April. I was Kimberly Hart, the Pink Power Ranger. I was Princess Leia. I was GI Joe’s girlfriend. Sure I enjoy being girly on occasion. But to tell you the truth, my favorite Ranger was Tommy, the White Ranger. And I would’ve much preferred to be Raphael from TMNT, he uses sais for Pete’s sake!!
Not many of my girlfriends up here in New York are Lady Nerds like me. I usually have to talk with the boys about the new Avengers movie. Or about the release of The Old Republic. These women gave me hope and showed me that no… I’m not alone in the nerdiverse and in actuality, if we wanted to, Lady Nerds could rule the world!! Sign me up!