The best stories with female characters are those that have the power to inspire us to become heroes in our own lives. One genre that invites women to imagine a world where they, too, can be heroes is the superhero genre. Nonetheless, men have dominated it for much of its history, and today there is still room for improvement in how women are represented in all different forms of media telling superhero stories be it in film, television, or comics.
To its credit, Smallville exposed its viewers to dozens of original or comics derived female characters who were complex, idealistic, flawed, noble, and determined women of different ages. For characters like Stargirl (Courtney Whitmore), Speedy (Mia Dearden), and Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen), Smallville was the first time they were seen in live action by millions of viewers.
While former Smallville writer and Batgirl scribe Bryan Q. Miller will be continuing the legacy of these women in fiction by writing them as supporting players in Clark Kent’s post-finale adventures in a new Season 11 comic book out this April, SMALLVILLE WOMEN, BIG HEARTS aims to continue that same legacy with its fundraiser in their honor and in honor of Women’s History Month.
Smallville gave viewers female characters in whom they could see themselves not only as they are, but also as they wanted to be. Please donate on their behalf to the Global Fund for Women.
This week we’ll be highlighting Smallville's amazing alien women like Lara-El (wife of Jor-El and mother of Kal-El/Clark/Superman), Faora (wife of Zod and peacemaker), Kara Zor-El (Supergirl), Imra Ardeen (Saturn Girl), Raya (Jor-El's assistant and guardian of the Phantom Zone), and Jayna (one half of the Wonder Twins). Why aliens, you ask? Because International Women's Day is this week (Thursday), and you don't get any more international than women from other planets.
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.
So make a difference. Think globally and act locally! Make every day International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.
To do your bit this week, please donate to our fundraiser for the Global Fund for Women. Celebrate the sacrifices, the determination, and the heroism of Smallville's women from other planets by supporting women in real life who are trying to make this planet a better place for everyone, particularly women and girls.
Smallville Women | All The Things They Said by jaderoyale
There are lots of other videos featuring the Smallville women at SMALLVILLE WOMEN, BIG HEARTS’s YouTube Channel. Visit it, watch some videos, and if you make videos consider making one to celebrate one or more of your favorite ladies from the show.
If you can’t make videos, you can make graphics for here on Tumblr or participate in a challenge for Tumblr where you answer questions with just a few sentences and with or without a graphic to go along with it. The following are the prompts for the month:
DAY 1 – Favorite quote from a character or actress DAY 2 – Favorite style as worn by either a character or actress DAY 3 – Favorite deleted scene DAY 4 – Name a female character on the show and a person (real or fictional) she reminds you of. DAY 5 – Favorite tearjerker moment for one character or relationship DAY 6 – Favorite heroic moment for one character DAY 7 – Favorite actress DAY 8 (International Women’s Day) – Group of female characters from another television or movie series you’d most want to see crossover with the women from Smallville DAY 9 – Funniest moment involving one or more of the women DAY 10 – Favorite scene DAY 11 – Favorite moment involving the cast in real life (e.g. conventions, stories) DAY 12 – Favorite candid photo of one, or more than one, of the actresses DAY 13 – Favorite episode DAY 14 – Favorite female Kryptonian DAY 15 – Favorite female member of the Justice League DAY 16 – Favorite mother/daughter moment DAY 17 – Favorite story involving a character making a mistake and growing as a result DAY 18 – Favorite female relationship DAY 19 – A quality about a character that inspires you the most DAY 20 – Character or relationship that changed the most DAY 21 – Biggest missed opportunity DAY 22 – Quirk or interest a character has that you find fun or endearing DAY 23 – Character you wished you had gotten to know better or see more of DAY 24 – Favorite example of women working together as a team DAY 25 – Favorite friendship moment or moment when one character helped another DAY 26 – Your favorite character’s most significant flaw DAY 27 – Most badass or kick ass moment DAY 28 – Moment that made you want to give a character a hug DAY 29 – Character or group of characters you’d most want to hang out with DAY 30 – Favorite female character DAY 31 – What do you love most about the women of Smallville?
Some of the days are already over, but no worries. Just pick and choose what you can or want to do for the rest of the month even if the day has already passed.
Fundraiser launched to raise money for women’s organizations around the world in honor of the women of the former hit CW show, Smallville.
In honor of National Women’s History Month and the women of the TV series Smallville a new fan initiative called SMALLVILLE WOMEN, BIG HEARTS is proud to announce a March fundraiser supporting the Global Fund for Women—an organization that provides flexible, timely grants to women’s groups around the world.
SMALLVILLE WOMEN, BIG HEARTS (SVWBH) was created as a way to recognize the extraordinary female characters on Smallville while also benefiting a worthy organization. In a genre and industry where female characters often lack layers and significance in narratives, Smallville viewers had numerous women to admire for the choices they made, whether they brought them success and happiness or they led to failure and lessons learned. They are complex, courageous, and compassionate women; so we honor them.
This will be the first initiative of its kind with the aim of uniting fans of all the show’s heroic women behind a common cause. All fans, regardless of particular preferences, are welcome. In the past four years, fans of Chloe Sullivan, Lana Lang, and Lois Lane have raised thousands of dollars for charities in their favorite character’s honor. However, all three women have never been honored together and neither have the other worthy women from the show like Martha Kent, Kara Zor-El (Supergirl), and Tess Mercer. SVWBH wants to change that while supporting a great cause.
Supporting the Global Fund for Women means supporting an organization which provides crucial grants (from $200 to $30,000) to women’s organizations. So, if the SVWBH’s initial $1,000 goal is reached (with the possibility of a goal increase or fundraiser extension), it’s likely dozens of women’s groups will receive the funds they need to do anything from improve women’s access to resources like food and water, ensure girls can go to school, protect and advance women’s basic human rights, improve laws to make women safer at home and at work, and most importantly, transform attitudes and behavior toward women locally and internationally.
As mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends, the women of Smallville dreamed and fought for a way to make the world a better place. Let’s unite to support the real life women and girls around the world who aspire to do the same.
Erica Durance, who played Lois Lane on Smallville, recently said, “We all have to find our own way of assisting others. We have a responsibility. It doesn’t take a lot of money to make a difference in someone’s life.” The women we honor during Women’s History Month, and the women of Smallville, all have the capacity to inspire others to be heroes in their own lives. So as these women get honored this month, please consider supporting extraordinary women around the world who need help now.
To learn more about the fundraiser, the charity, or to donate now, please explore the links below. And, if you like, consider participating in our 30-day Tumblr Challenge (details here). Thanks!