Star Wars: The Clone Wars Ashley Eckstein (gordontarpley, Flickr/CC)
Could 2013 be the year of the fangirl?
That’s the bar set by actress Ashley Eckstein, whose three-year-old geek fashion company, Her Universe, has been profiling a different fangirl every day since February
“I knew we have a major stereotype to debunk especially in science fiction and fantasy, because many believe these genres are just for men and boys but the statistics prove otherwise,” Eckstein told the Daily Dot. “They prove that close to half of science fiction fans are women. This is a genre for everyone.”
The entrepreneur, who voiced Jedi padawan Ahsoka Tano on Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, wants her campaign, dubbed Year of the Fangirl, to celebrate the everyday fangirl and share stories of women from around the world.
“I’ve always tried to grow the community and encourage girls to step into the spotlight and say ‘hey, I’m a science fiction fan’ because for so long a fear of bullying or being made fun of prevented girls from talking about it,” Eckstein said.
Nominate your fav fangirl (or even yourself — yes, you!) for Fangirl of the Day here.