Haunted Heroine, Working Woman, Guardian of the Galaxy
This chapter considers the interplay of gender, nationality, powers, and vocations in the character of Molly “Shamrock” Fitzgerald, one of the most fascinating superheroines to appear in the Marvel Universe. A reluctant superhero, Shamrock served as a voice for the voiceless: women, children, workers, and the dead. Spiritually connected to a war she disavowed, she stayed modestly in the background when possible and took on maternal responsibilities of educator and caretaker – low-profile, emotionally-draining roles that would necessitate her working odd jobs through retirement. With strengths found through feminine agency, Shamrock’s intermittent appearances throughout the Marvel Universe between 1982 and 2015 are strikingly representative of the complicated history of women in society, war, and work.
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