Women at Comic Con & controversy surrounds the first female writer of a Marvel film

Skillcrush and Comic Con

According to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, across 1,565 content creators in Hollywood, only 7% of directors, 13% of writers, and 20% of producers are female. This translates to 4.8 males working behind-the-scenes to every one female to create the tv shows and movies we watch today.

It’s a long time coming but this ratio is hopefully starting to change with the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, cowritten by director James Gunn & screenwriter Nicole Perlman, the first woman to write a Marvel film (or, at the risk of sounding cynical, at least the first woman to be credited for doing so). Perlman’s credit does not come without it’s share of controversy surrounding the nature & extent of her contributions (more on this as it develops) but one thing is clear – she’s the woman who’s gotten the closest to the top in the Marvel movie hierarchy. Hopefully there are many more to come after her.

While I’ve been enjoying repeat viewings of the film since it’s release (so far I’m at 2 and am working on convincing my husband to venture out for a third viewing, in 3D this time) other nerds gathered in San Diego for Comic Con International 2014. The wildly popular convention has been making headlines this year for also starting to finally change its heavily male-dominated culture. Many are calling this year at Comic Con the “Year of the Kickass Woman”, after the title of one of it’s most popular (and brilliantly positioned) panels.

Remember when Tank from the Matrix couldn’t contain himself and told Neo that this could be “a very exciting time!”

That’s exactly how I feel.

Check out this week’s link round-up to get up to speed with everything going on in Comic Con and in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Women totally dominated this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International:

Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

Women call for sexual harassment policy at Comic-Con

Comic Con Fans Are Ready For Some Female Superheroes

Women Who Kick Ass do so at Comic-Con panel: The highlights

The Woman Behind ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ — Nicole Perlman #guardiansofthegalaxy

Meet The Woman Who Made History With Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy”

#sdcc #comiccon2014 #gameofthrones #guardiansofthegalaxy

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Deepina Kapila

Dee is a fun-loving instructor with diverse tech experience across Fortune 500 companies, early-stage start-ups, government agencies & non-profits. Dee works at mobile product design studio Funsize, in Austin Texas where she lives with her husband, 2 border collie mixes, & 2 cats.

In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, reading on her Kindle & scuba diving in her hometown (Curaçao - an island in the Caribbean!).