As a child I was told that I could do anything I put my mind to. Not just by my mother and grandmother, who were excellent strong female role models, but also by my dad. He was a real man’s man - a good ole boy, if you will, who could fix anything, build anything and shoot anything. The most masculine guy you could imagine made sure his daughter knew that there were no limits. I was never told that I couldn’t do something because I was a girl, and I never understood not trying something because of that reason.
Could I have been an astronaut? Probably not. I was never that determined or good at math, however, in June of 1983 I was in Florida and watched Sally Ride do just that.
Could I have been President? Probably not. But there is no doubt in my mind that the right woman could and will.
So to answer the question, do I write women in action roles considered to be things only men do because I am trying to prove something? Absolutely not. I write them because that is what is natural to me. There are plenty of things I have failed at, numerous things I can’t accomplish. It isn’t because I am a girl, it’s because I’m not the right girl for that job. There’s lots of men who couldn’t do those things as well. As far as I am concerned there’s nothing a man can do that a woman can’t, and if you say ‘write your name in pee in the snow,’ know that I’ll even find a way to do that if it’s important enough.