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    Portman Starts STEM Program

    To mentor girls interested in the sciences.

    Want to be the next superhero? Aim for a career in science and technology. Natalie Portman and Marvel Comics have teamed up to start the Ultimate Mentor Adventure, a program for high school girls interested in STEM programs. Portman was moved to participate after acting as an astrophysicist, Jane Foster, in the movie Thor and its sequel. The girls who are selected will be paired with a mentor in the science field and will participate in behind-the-scenes events. Forms and videos can be submitted until October 20. Instructions are available on Disney’s site

  • X-WOMEN?

    All-Female Superhero Team Debuts

    Marvel’s ‘X-Men’ series will bring Storm, Rogue, other characters together.

    Move over Ninja Turtles, there’s a new mutant squad in town—and it’s full of girl power. For the first time in its 50-year history, the X-Men has an all-female team, called the Fearless Defenders, in the comic book’s latest edition. The comic, which arrived in stores May 29, features a team of heroes including Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke. Another all-women team was pitched to Marvel in 2011 but was reportedly rejected. According to CNN, X-Men has always made strides for women, and—despite a few flops, like a female protagonist series—it is making comic-book history.