Marvel Studio’s Captain Marvel hit theaters on March 8, 2019 on International Women’s Day. In support of the #CaptainMarvelChallenge, an effort to expose young girls to strong women in leading roles in hopes that equal gender representation inspires them to be the heroes of their own lives, the Storm and Swedish joined other partners to host a free screening of Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie on its opening night for over 250 girls and women from the local community. Girls were invited from the Edmonds School District, Girls on the Run of Snohomish County and Puget Sound and YWCA.
Before the movie, a panel of prominent women leaders discussed women’s empowerment and their aspirations for the future. Panel speakers included Melissa Beard, Senior Firefighter, Snohomish County Fire District 1; Detective Julie Govantes, Property Crimes, Edmonds Police Department; Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director, Community Relations at Alaska Airlines; Lynne Varner, Associate Vice Chancellor, Marketing, Strategy & Community Engagement, Washington State University; Teresa Wippel, Publisher, My Neighborhood News Network; and Dawn Trudeau, Seattle Storm Co-Owner.
Each girl received a free drink and popcorn to enjoy during the movie as well as two tickets to the 2019 Storm Opening Day game presented by Swedish on May 25. Storm mascot Doppler also made an appearance as the girls entered the theater to get them excited for the show.