WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.
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“What are the consequences for women when they are strong and when they are the central actors of their own lives and not content to be in the shadows and to be the supporting characters?”
“As a little girl, Wonder Woman was the only female superhero, so she was irresistible. She was literally the only game in town. She believed that you didn’t need a man to take care of you. She had her crush on Steve Trevor, but she didn’t need him. He actually needed her. The early Wonder Woman are some of the most feminist stories in comics – when Wonder Woman emerged, women had to step out of the private sphere into the public sphere because we were at war.”
“Women did things they had never done before. They made planes and they flew the planes and they became superheroines. But as soon as the war ended, all the guys wanted their jobs back and the women were sent back to the kitchen suddenly there was mass amnesia and no one remembered that women had ever been strong.”
“With Wonder Woman, you begin to see her adventures turn more to romance. She spent many, many, many years not being a feminist character at all. It was like the perfect time for Wonder Woman to cut back and of course when she came back, she came back in the new media, the media of the 70s which was TV.”
“They did not think that a woman could carry a show. We proved them wrong and made a lot of money for the network; a lot of money. I loved Wonder Woman growing up. We trolled around and we thought that we might become Wonder Woman.”
“In the 90’s we were being told that feminism didn’t exist, right as we found it. Starting with the right girl movement, girls who grew up with wonder woman and Charlie’s Angels, your punk rock music and handmade zines are taking the images that we grew up with and dissecting how they’ve influenced us as women. It’s about making your own media.”