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#2: Dealing with the baggage of a society that pits women against each other.
There is an undercurrent of “Highlander” thrumming behind women in western society, particularly if they work in a male-dominated profession. From an early age, there is this idea of there can be only one. There are only so many places at the table for women — and an infinite number for men — which makes all other women the enemy coming to take the crown. Intellectually this is absurd, but societally it’s a complex structure that is just now being unpacked. So I wasn’t expecting “Supergirl” to touch on it. Then they did.
Alex Danvers has lived in her sister Kara’s shadow since she arrived ten years ago. Yes Alex loves her sister and wants to protect her. But she also admits she was glad when Kara opted to hide her powers rather than embrace them, because it meant Alex could still be the “special” one. The smart one. The one who’s doing something with her life while her little sister is an assistant. That’s some deep characterization for a network superhero pilot.
On top of this Alex must also grapple with questioning her own value when it’s revealed the only reason she got her job at the DEO is because of her relationship to Kara. Hank Henshaw does admit it was Alex’s skills that KEPT her employed, but the sting of being thought of as not good enough on your skill set alone is painfully real.