For her excellent efforts to promote better sexual assault policies on American college campuses, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill draws plenty of attention from major media.
This week the Missouri Democrat got a different kind of attention: She and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, were honored as part of The IMPACT25, an annual list from ESPNW naming the “athletes and influencers who have made the greatest impact for women in sports.”
Fine, that’s deserved.
But here’s the cool part: ESPNW teamed with Marvel Comics to portray the two women and other nominees as superheroes in a series of comic book covers, such as in the illustration accompanying this story. The full list is here.
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From ESPNW: “According to the National Institute of Justice, one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted, but many occurrences — if they are even reported to authorities — are often kept behind closed doors, even as federal law requires that colleges and universities be forthcoming about all types of violent crime on their campuses.
“What’s more, according to the 2014 McCaskill Report, when a case involves an athlete, more than 20 percent of schools allow their athletic departments to investigate and resolve the incident from within.”
McCaskill and Gillibrand are pushing a bill — which deserves passage — to demand more stringent and detailed sexual assault policies at colleges and universities.
ESPNW honored McCaskill and Gillibrand for their efforts to “create tangible change.”
That’s a good reason to make them look like superheroes in the process.