Truthdigger of the Week: Wonder Woman. (Yes, Really.)
Posted on Oct 15, 2016
After passing over seven women to become its next secretary-general, the United Nations this week appointed a fictional female as honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls: Wonder Woman. Although it may seem to be yet another snub, the choice of the DC Comics superhero is actually quite forward-looking.
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The chains are also linked to Byrne. She was the niece of Margaret Sanger, the feminist who founded Planned Parenthood and was involved in the birth control movement, which, like other suffrage and feminist movements, “used chains as a centerpiece of its iconography.”
Wonder Woman was always a feminist, a warrior born of the mythological Greek Amazons who went on to “fight fascism with feminism.” The source of numerous controversies, especially when many wanted to keep women at home and not out fighting for equality and against injustice, the heroine battled on in scenarios such as raising women’s pay at a department store and “political rallies over a milk-pricing racket.”
Recently, the DC Comics writer who has been behind the character for the past several years affirmed that Wonder Woman is queer. According to Greg Rucka, “Her queer identity was important to the narrative because Themyscira was represented as paradise, and with that came diversity.” The LGBTQIA community had apparently gotten the memo about Wonder Woman’s gender identity long before Rucka said anything, however, and had seen the character through “an LGBTQIA lens forever,” according to the comics site Mary Sue.
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Wonder Woman is not the first fictional character to serve as a U.N. ambassador—Winnie the Pooh and Tinker Bell, among others, have had roles—nor is she the only overtly political comics superhero. For example, journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates has recently signed on to write the Black Panther series for DC Comics.
But having been created in 1941, Wonder Woman is exceptionally progressive in her political outlook on women and labor even by today’s standards. She is an excellent, strong role model for women and girls the world over. For this reason, Wonder Woman is our Truthdigger of the Week.
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