These are the only two female superhero leads that we have ever seen in Marvel or DC films, and whether it’s incidental or not, the two heroes tell us a lot about how our culture thinks about power, femininity and womanhood.
It’s no wonder she’s graced the Ms. cover five times and counting. Wonder Woman remains a dynamic symbol of women’s potential, the possibilities of feminism and the hopes of humanity.
We promise to keep making history, pushing forward and inspiring a movement that has changed the world.
The question isnt whether Wonder Woman’s sexy dress, satin tights or even increasingly violent on-screen heroics merit her a role model. The question is: Why we don’t ask the same questions of male superheroes?
Wonder Woman deflected the bullets of male boycotters and smashed the box office glass ceiling. For any director, regardless of gender, achieving these feats is incredible. But for a woman to do so is a prayer answered.
Western culture remains exceptionally wary of these warrior women—even in the latest iteration of Wonder Woman.
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In Trump’s America, our girls—and possibly, more importantly, our boys—need strong female role models.
Perhaps the sweeping success of Wonder Woman across America reflects something more—a longing for a hero with a heart.
In a world plagued by wars, terrorist acts and misogyny, the mythical existence of a Wonder Woman provides cathartic release and a fulfilling fantasy that our womanhood is a source of strength and leadership.