A blog about women and pop culture (particularly nerdy pop culture), run by Kelly Williams – PhD student in Medieval English Literature specializing in Old English. Avid lover of books, art, medieval history, comics (Marvel, DC and others), positive representations of women in media, and all things set in outer space.

In Scandinavian folklore, a shieldmaiden is a woman who has chosen to fight as a warrior. They often appear in medieval Old Norse-Icelandic sagas. S.H.I.E.L.D. is also an organization in Marvel comics that deals with paranormal and supernatural threats. See what I’m doing?

I’m going to try to write things that are less “representation is important” as an end goal (a good topic, but one that’s out there in abundance) and more “here is how things are working.”