A smiling Javicia Leslie as Batwoman wearing her trademark bat mask and black action hero suit

Javicia Leslie as Batwoman

Colin Bentley/The CW -- (C) 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

For The CW star, Women's History Month is the perfect time to celebrate female role models in her life and the film world.

By Carrie Berk

The CW’s Javicia Leslie is utilizing Women’s History Month to embrace her personal power. As the first Black Batwoman on The CW, Leslie views her role as a responsibility. “I show up as a woman. I show up as Black. I show up as everything that I was born to be,” Leslie explains. “It's beautiful that just being who we are is now becoming a protest and an activism of its own.”

Being a female in entertainment has not been easy for Leslie. She believes women—particularly women of color—are still striving to be seen, both behind and in front of the camera. “I think we're still on the journey of getting respect,” she says. Here are some ways women are making strides.

Stream Batwoman on The CW.

SUBSCRIBE NOW: Enjoy 4 Digital Plus 2 Print/Digital Issues Of Watch Per Year — For Free!

Read moreShow less