San Diego Comic-Con
From a portrait series of strong women at San Diego Comic Con
Connie Rushman, of Poway, Calif., cosplays as a steampunk version of the Star Wars character Rey. "There's more strong, independent female characters now than there used to be," said Rushman, "but we still have separate sections for girls' toys and boys' toys. I am optimistic but it's taken a long time.... I'd like to see my granddaughters identify with a strong female character, instead of, like, a singer."