Do superheroes exist? Yes they do, according to a new comic-strip-inspired series, “The Real Life Superwomen Project,” celebrating trailblazing women from Michelle Obama to Emma González.
The colorful images, by pop-culture site NerdBear, were released to “celebrate some defining moments over the last couple of years and the incredible women behind them,” website founder Amar Hussain tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “For this, we thought it would be fitting to turn these superwomen into comic book strips and the ‘Real-Life Superwomen Project’ was born.”
The project is comprised of four comic book pages, each with five panels, featuring the likenesses of pioneering women such as Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Meghan Markle, and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern. Also depicted were some defining moments — Sen. Elizabeth Warren objecting the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General; the 2017 Women’s March, which was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history; and Viola Davis making history as she became the first black actress to achieve the “triple crown” acting, meaning she’d won Academy, Emmy and Tony awards.
The project creators explained that “a superhero is defined by their righteous actions, their ability to lead and inspire others, their heroism and nobility in the face of obstacles, and their fortitude and moral compass in fighting injustice,” and that the women featured embody those qualities.
Still, while we are living among feminist heroes, NerdBear is among the many sources calling for more work to be done in the name of women’s equity. Because, as a reminder, women lack the same job opportunities as men, with over 2.7 billion women being legally restricted from having the same career choice as men, according to UN Women. Only five percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women and, just last year, the global proportion of parliamentary seats occupied by women stood at less than 25 percent.
And women are suffering not only career-wise. According to the sobering rates of gender-based violence, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence, and 137 women across the world — each day — are killed by a member of their own family.
Luckily, even with the fight for equality being far from finished, the women featured in these comic strips have managed to inspire a nation and give women everywhere hope for a brighter day.
Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle: