The good news is that things may be changing. Both DC and Marvel have slowly begun to increase the number of female characters in their output. Our analysis did not consider time-series data (we didn’t have it), and characters change over time — Wonder Woman herself has been a feminist activist, a house-wife, a sexualized pin-up, and a kick-ass hero in her 76 years. However, while some features may be altered, established and traditional characters tend to maintain their names and powers. They continue to carry the representative baggage of their past.
In 2015, Catalyst hosted its first Women of Color Summit, which convened global thought leaders in academia, business, and policy to share ideas and solutions for advancing women of color, visible minority women, and indigenous women in the workplace. At the two-day Summit, we tapped into our collective knowledge and experience to dispel misconceptions about the roadblocks to change, build on bright spots, and set a vision and agenda for future research and solutions that will work in the 21st-century workplace. Catalyst is using insights and lessons learned to extend the dialogue, devise a new research agenda, and ultimately expand opportunities for women of color in business .