Bringing super heroines together to use their powers for good.

 

An alliance of the greatest super heroines in the universe – fans!

We’re using the power of fandom to fight for equality and representation.

Bringing super heroines together to use their powers for good.

 

An alliance of the greatest super heroines in the universe – fans!

We’re using the power of fandom to fight for equality and representation.

Our Story

In 2012, Carolyn Noe started a small Meetup group with the simple idea of connecting to other nerdy women in St. Louis. The early meetups were fun and informal, and the spark of Super Heroines, Etc. was beginning: bringing superheroines together to use their powers for good.

Today, Super Heroines, Etc. is a non-profit organization using the power of fandom to fight for equity and representation. Our local chapters gather superheroines together in safe environments for empowering events and creative change in their communities. In addition, we attend local, regional, and national conventions to discuss representation in media and through our Agents of Change program, we provide tools and support for superheroines to be agents of positive change and create movement toward a more inclusive and equitable social transformation.  

Mission: Empower women to embrace their inner nerd.

Mission: Empower women to embrace their inner nerd.

Vision: A world in which all women are celebrated in the nerdy community.

Vision: A world in which all women are celebrated in the nerdy community.

Values:

Values:

Education

As nerds and geeks, we love to learn. We thrive on diving deep into a specific subject or broadening our horizons by seeking out knowledge in unfamiliar areas. We enthusiastically pursue new experiences. As individuals and an organization, we passionately share our interests, provide educational opportunities, and seek opportunities to learn from others. We believe education is a fundamental human right that empowers women and underrepresented communities.

 

Inclusiveness

The “nerdy” umbrella covers a wide spectrum of interests, from comic book readers to sci-fi movie lovers to beekeepers. We believe inclusiveness means all are welcome, without exception. SHE values the diversity of our members, volunteers, and speakers because with different voices (that have had different backgrounds and experiences), the stronger our ideas become. It is by listening and connecting to these varied points of view that our organization can flourish and evolve.

 

Nerdy

Nerdiness is about being passionate about a topic and expressing that passion through a devotion and pursuit that goes beyond casual interest. While we do have a focus on areas that are traditionally seen as nerdy – such as comic books, super heroines, technology, films, video games, and television fandoms – we welcome members to bring and share their passions and nerdy interests with us and each other so that we can share, learn, grow and transform our nerdy community.

 

Feminism 

Feminism is a social movement characterized by the inclusion of, equity for, and liberation of all genders in our society, coupled with the dismantling of structures of oppression and patriarchy. We stand for the dignified representation of all forms of gender and marginalized identities, not as token images on the sidelines or figures for the benefit of others, but as agents of their own narratives and leaders of their lives. We recognize the danger in ascribing to historic gender binary norms, as well as the intersections of oppression that occur with multiple identities. As such, we also seek representation by, advocacy for, and co-conspiracy with, those who have been historically underrepresented or oppressed, echoing Lila Watson’s call: “if your liberation is bound with mine, let us work together.” 

Activism

Raising awareness of and sharing new ideas, addressing cultural issues, and providing tools for action in the pursuit of positive social change.

Our Board

Fox Smith

Fox Smith

President

Fox Smith fell in love with Super Heroines, Etc. in 2012 after attending her very first event, a book swap at Shameless Grounds. Since then she has grown increasingly passionate about spreading the mission of SHE to geeky spaces everywhere through comic convention panels, talks, and outreach. When not waving the Super Heroines, Etc. banner, Fox works as an actress, artist, gamer, cosplayer, writer, singer, personality, fortune teller, and all around wearer of many hats from her creative fortress in St. Louis, MO.

Carolyn Noe

Carolyn Noe

Executive Director

Carolyn founded Super Heroines, Etc. in October 2012 in St. Louis. After moving to Cincinnati, OH, with her husband and dogs, she started the Cincinnati Chapter of Super Heroines, Etc. Carolyn has worked primarily in the non-profit and higher education sector. Currently, she is the Program Director for Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Health Innovation where she develops programs addressing population health and fixing the leaky health careers pipeline. When Carolyn isn’t working or volunteering with SHE, she can be found crafting, working her web development side hustle, or playing Pokemon Go with her husband and dogs.

Whitney Risner

Whitney Risner

Vice President

Coming soon

Amber Lee

Amber Lee

Treasurer

Amber joined the Board of Super Heroines, Etc. in the summer of 2018. After moving in her country home in St. Clair County, Illinois with her husband, dog, and three cats; she made the decision to do more and to help create more positive in the world. Amber thrives in the nonprofit world ever since she landed her career in 2015 working with veterans with spinal cord injuries and diseases. She has dedicated her life to supporting nonprofits that she can pour her heart into, with amazing missions such as SHE! When Amber isn’t holding up her nonprofit flags, she can be seen creating art (especially photography), training dogs, or simply enjoying a nice cup of coffee on her porch. 

Em Piro

Em Piro

Board Member

Em joined the Board of Super Heroines, Etc. in the summer of 2018 and is the org’s resident Pacific Northwesterner. Inspired by its vision of empowering womxn to be themselves fully, boldly, and wildly, Em was drawn the organizations achievements in cultivating safe and powerful spaces in geek communities. A practicing artist and de facto ladyboss, Em has worked with nonprofits of all shapes and sizes for fifteen years, where em enjoys smashing the patriarchy through sound admin and sustainable strategy. When Em isn’t working with SHE’s activism, financials, and operations, Em can be found creating performances about climate change, dancing, or practicing stilt walking in the park. 

Jennifer Scharps

Jennifer Scharps

Board Member

Jennifer first became aware of her inner nerdy girl when she was just a young padawan at Florida State University. While there, she met her her fellow Super Heroines, Etc. board member, Carolyn Noe. When they weren’t studying, they were watching Firefly or discussing the works of Jane Austen. Since beginning her journey to inner nerdy girl awareness, she’s realized precisely three things: 1) Everyone can be a Super Heroine, 2) She wants to be a Board Game Ambassador when she grows up, 3) The force had always been with her. She continues her voyage by exploring board games with friends, playing Starfinder, and boldly going where no WOMAN has gone before.

Joe Williams-Nelson

Joe Williams-Nelson

Board Member

Joe Williams-Nelson is a girl from Chicago residing in Missouri now for over 15 years. After being an active Super Heroines, Etc. member for several years, she answered the call and applied for a board seat, officially joining in the summer of 2018. Joe is a published author, spiritual life coach, philanthropist, wife, and mother of four human dragons, three dogs, and two cats. Joe’s passions include Beyoncé, cooking, movies, and traveling. Joe is currently a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree candidate at Harvard Extension School. “Returning back to school at this level was like getting my letter from Hogwarts.” Joe’s aim at Super Heroines, Etc. is—the same as being on Earth—to serve.