The history of Lois Lane is basically the history of the American working woman. She appeared in the first Superman story, a confident, brash female reporter who refused to bend to what society thought women should be. But, then, in that first issue, she also had to be rescued by Superman. That famous cover of Action Comics #1 with Superman lifting the car? That’s Superman saving Lois from the man whose advances she’d refused earlier in the story.
Yep, Superman’s first act was to save Lois Lane from toxic masculinity.
Not the way he’d put it back then. Back then, his creators had Superman standing up to for common decency. That was no way to treat anyone, even in 1938.
But Lois’s introduction also contains a dichotomy that haunts her to this day: She’s the independent woman who needs Superman to sometimes save her.
Even when Lois is doing the investigative work no one else can (or will do) do, what is said is “look at her, she’s being rescued again.” Even in Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (a lousy movie), Lois is the only one being proactive. She’s the one who investigates the setup she encounters at the beginning of the movie, she’s the one who probes beneath the surface and realizes that someone behind the scenes is pulling the strings. In other words, she figures it out.
Meanwhile, Batman is off being gloomy in one corner and Superman is doing the same in the other. Her work plus Lois’s well-known acquaintance with Superman, is what gets her in trouble, every time. But she sees through Lex before anyone else. And for her troubles, she’s tossed off a roof so Superman will show up.