"Unlike the heroines of the previous 20 years, Black Widow was a thrill seeker who chose the life of a crime fighter for the excitement it brought her. She didn’t do it to aid a boyfriend, she didn’t hide being a wallflower alter ego, and lived her life with a freedom usually reserved for men. In keeping with the issue-conscious 70’s, she descended from her penthouse to battle loan sharks and came to the aid of Puerto Rican youth groups… Black Widow was unquestionably sexy, but, as with everything else in her life, it was on her terms. Still, the liberated heroine had doubts. “Is there really a place for her in a world such as this?” Black Widow thinks in 1970, of the newly independent persona she has created for herself."
Mike Madrid, The Supergirls: Fashion, feminism, fantasy, and the history of comic book heroines (via fuckyeahblackwidow)