Do you know these girls? Initially made famous by Cartoon Network in the late 1990s, they’re adorable little kindergartners with a difference: they’re superheros! Townsville is lucky to have them. So are their human counterparts — kindergarten-age girls who need strong role models that support their developing sense of femaleness.
Granted, Craig McCracken probably didn’t have such lofty goals in mind when he created the girls. I’m playing it as I see it, though, through the eyes of part-time caregiver to my young granddaughter. She loves superheros and has recently latched on to the show.
I watched them in the late 90s for the fun of seeing sweet little girls train their super powers on evildoers bent on destroying them and Townsville (“The City of Townsville … is under attack!”). However, one could also glean that more subtle message mentioned above. No matter your age, your size, your gender (especially your gender), you can do anything once you set your mind to it.