No heroic women?

Today I want to talk about heroes. Because today I saw these books in a store:

Clearly intended to be a “boys side” and a “girls side” of one display. Of course, boys and girls (and their parents) are free to buy whichever books they want. Just don’t expect to see a single female in the “Heroes” book. I looked through it. Not one.

Because, after all, there aren’t any female lifeguards, soldiers, search and rescue workers or police in real life, right?

Heroes should not be restricted to one gender. When I wrote Stellarnet Rebel, the first book in the Stellarnet Series, I wanted to make Genny something more than a beautiful damsel in distress. She kicks ass and fires weapons, but also uses her intelligence, wit, wisdom and humor to save herself, her friends, and ultimately a world.

Because there’s absolutely no reason why a woman can’t be heroic.

~ J.L. Hilton

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4 Responses to No heroic women?

  1. Jax Garren says:

    Wow. That’s… wow. What decade is it? *shakes head*

  2. Karen says:

    A woman could never be a hero. She could, however, be a heroine. 🙂

  3. J.L. Hilton says:

    Hero: a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act (

    “Usage Note: Many writers now consider hero, long restricted to men in the sense ‘a person noted for courageous action,’ to be a gender-neutral term…” (

    I reworded a few of the sentences in my original post from “hero” to “heroic.” Doesn’t change the point I was trying to make, but hopefully clarifies for those unaware of the gender-neutral usage.

  4. Sarah says:

    I would like to see stronger women in stories. Society sees us as the weaker sex, but we are able to hold our own.