Bite Sized Bits Through the Ages 1940: The First Female Superhero


Maggie and Harmony continue the Bite-Sized Bits Through the Ages series, in which they review smaller pieces of literature over the last century through a feminist lens. This month they’re exploring the first female superhero and the first female crime fighter to appear in comic books. In this episode, they explore Fantomah, a weird, badass, and problematic take on the first female superhero. They also explore the Woman in Red, the first female crime fighter. Join the conversation while our hosts contend with these two heroes through a modern perspective and talk about how their influence affected today’s depiction of female superheroes. 

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What we’re reading: 

Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country by Rosalind Miles  

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

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