Today hundreds of thousands of women and (hopefully) men will march. Most of them will descend on Washington, DC to fight for women’s rights as human rights, against sexism and attacks on reproductive health care, abortion services as well as access to Planned Parenthood.
In over 600 locations all over the world people are going to march too, equally concerned about the equality of the sexes and the power of administration to reverse the progress we’ve made so far.
If you can’t join the march on Washington or a local one (Go strong, Vienna!) you can spend your time reading one of the following comics to experience the spirit and empowerment that will certainly surround the world-wide women’s marches.
#1 Bitch Planet – Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro
Who wouldn’t pick up a comic book with a cover asking you if you are woman enough to survive, a question so intriguing and more relevant than ever. Bitch Planet follows nasty women not falling in place with their patriarchal overlords. As punishment, they are sent to the meanest planet in the galaxy. What they need to do to survive? Well, you’ll have to pick up a copy to find out.
#2 Rat Queens – Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch
Put together lesbians, people of colour, empowered women then throw them in a fantasy setting with characters from nearly every magical realm in existence and you get Rat Queens. No comic I know show’s that diversity is beautiful and powerful as good as Rat Queens does.
#3 Saga – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Saga is a lot of things. It has a powerful story, beautiful art work and a very empowering representation of motherhood. Alana – one of the two main characters – is a former soldier who loves romance novels; she is, by turns, cocky, insecure, short-tempered, and affectionate. Alana obviously loves sex, but is never sexualized and she’s a mother. A glance at the cover above reveals that this mustn’t be a contradiction. Breastfeeding while wielding a weapon is possible. Being strong and a mother is possible. Being sexual active and a mother is possible.
#4 Ms. Marvel – Adrian Alphona & G. Willow Wilson
I think we all agree: The world is in desperate need of superheroes! We need people who stand up and fight for equality and justice. People like those marching around the world right now and people like 16-year old Kamala Khan, the first Muslim girl superhero to have her own solo title. Let yourself be inspired and discover your own inner superhero.
#5 Paper Girls – Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang & Matthew Wilson
Another comic with the potential to inspire you to dream up some women-led hero stories of your own is Paper Girls, a story about young women delivering papers in the early morning of Halloween 1988. Our girl gang is made of four girls with a love for bikes, cigarettes and guns to protect themselves against the sometimes-unfriendly streets of Stony Stream, Ohio. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries soon collide giving Paper Girls a similar atmosphere as the Netflix hit-series Stranger Things.