An Open Letter to Women following Captain Marvel

Dear ladies,

This one’s for you....

If you haven’t seen Captain Marvel yet, I promise not to let any spoilers slip...but wow, what a movie! From start to finish, the latest addition to the Marvel universe is jam packed with fierce action, relatable milestones, and loads of inspiration that’ll leave you with chills. Brie Larson truly did her character justice by embodying everything it means to be a woman in today’s world. We are powerful, we are strong, we are confident, we do not take no for an answer, and you can bet your ass we jump right back up after we get knocked down! While walking out of the movie, I felt pretty confident I could go save the world myself and then some.

Thanks to a family filled with accomplished ladies, I was regularly sculpted by the presence of a few powerful woman growing up. Through their actions, my mother and grandmothers instilled within me the confidence and strength a girl needs to succeed in an ever-daunting society. Though, how else could I have expected to turn out after learning my mom’s all-time favorite movie was Kill Bill or witnessing the amount of passion my grandma had to work everyday? I was destined to follow in their footsteps, and hopefully someday, to pass along the same wisdom and knowledge they gifted me to my daughters and granddaughters. And THAT’S what women need. Not to be told we can do something, but to know and understand that we never thought otherwise to begin with.  

"And THAT’S what women need. Not to be told we can do something, but to know and understand that we never thought otherwise to begin with."  

The theme of woman empowerment shines throughout the movie, though, when the main character is a badass flightier pilot turned space warrior turned superhero, what else was I supposed to walk away thinking? And how fitting was it for Captain Marvel to be released in theaters on International Woman’s Day? For the stars to align so perfectly…that was fate. Here at G.O.A.T. GRAPHICS, not only were we obsessed with the powerful message the movie shared with women and girls all around the world, but we were also obsessed with the fact that they did so in a 1990’s setting. No duh. The soundtrack made me feel like I just stepped out of a retro dance club -- jelly shoes, slap bracelets and all. They take you back to the days of slow internet, grunge inspired clothes, and the forever missed Blockbuster. This movie was wrapped into a nice little bow of nostalgia and we are always here for it.

With all that being said, hats off to Marvel for addressing social issues and bringing things to the big screen that we would have never imagined possible years ago. From Black Panther to Captain Marvel, they have shown us that anyone, anywhere can be a superhero. Your gender, race, or really any demographic will NEVER define you. YOU are YOU and that is POWERFUL enough! Wouldn’t it be great if the rest of the world worked this way? That’s our fight. Our actions today will stand long after we are gone; we fight now for our sisters, our mothers, our aunts, grandmothers, friends, cousins, co-workers, and so on. We fight for them. We fight for us.

So ladies, channel your inner superhero and show the planet what you are made of. In the words of Captain Marvel herself, “I’m not what you think I am.”

No, we definitely are not.

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