77 years ago today, DC Comics introduced Wonder Woman to the world. And, since that day, she has inspired people of all walks of life. That includes some GGA contributors. So, on the anniversary of her beginning, we are joining people all over the world in celebrating Diana Prince for DC’s #DayOfWonder.
Here is what Wonder Woman means to us:
To me, Wonder Woman is the ultimate symbol of love, peace, and beauty. As a child I thought she was really cool for being so physically strong. But as an adult woman, I’ve come to take on her messages of love and feminism to heart. Her ability to face injustices without fear is an ability that everyone can learn from. From her very first appearance, she always did what she thought was right, even if that meant going against her mother and her fellow sisters. The world would be a much better place if we approached it with the ideals Wonder Woman stands for. What I’m trying to say is – I wanna be Wonder Woman when I grow up. – Erin Lynch: Editor, Senior Contributor
I wasn’t much interested in Wonder Woman when I was a kid. I didn’t watch the show and I have never been a big comic book reader. My fandom lives in other places. I really didn’t feel the impact of what she meant until I went to see the Wonder Woman film in 2017. I went with two good friends of mine, and their young daughters. The girls dressed up. They were so excited. I was excited, too. But, I thought it was the same excitement I always feel for a genre movie that I think will be good. I was wrong. I cried, uncontrollably and unexpectedly all over that movie. I found myself spontaneously weeping during the training sequences, the beach battle, and “No Man’s Land”. I could have cared less about a love interest. I was crying at the unapologetic strength I saw in the female characters, and Diana in particular. She’s the hero I didn’t know I needed. – Jenny Flack: Co-Founder, Senior Contributor
Wonder Woman was the first hero I ever had. She’s part of my earliest childhood memories. When the bully from down the street would come to our yard, I would run inside and change into my Wonder Woman Underoos and come out spinning to tell him to go away. I looked forward to the summers more because that’s when Wonder Woman would start showing in reruns again, because of summer vacation. I was crushed when the reruns stopped airing every year, probably when networks started making original summer programming instead. As soon as the series was released on DVD, I bought it. It had been ages since I’d seen any episodes, and I was shocked by how silly the show is… and how deeply it had affected me.
Each episode unlocked new insights into where my ideas about ideal womanhood had been formed, down to the kind of car I drove for a while. (A vintage Mercedes sports car like Diana Prince had.) I have believed Lynda Carter to be the most beautiful woman on Earth for as long as I have had opinions about beauty, and I dread the idea of ever meeting her because I’m convinced I would dissolve into hysterical, hero worship-fueled tears. When I walked out of the theater last year, the best compliment I could give Patty Jenkins‘ Wonder Woman was that I was willing to accept Gal Gadot as the rightful heir to Lynda Carter’s legacy. Despite this, I believe in my heart of hearts that Lynda Carter *is* Wonder Woman, and that one day she’ll give us all a winking hint, like when Santa leaves his cane behind for Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street. –Leona Laurie, Senior Contributor
In a world full of male superheroes monopolizing comic book shelves, Saturday morning cartoons, and even kid’s birthday parties, Wonder Woman was my breath of fresh air. She was strong, independent and ready to fight to save the world. She became the role model I was searching for. She was never without fault either, making her down to Earth and relatable. She taught me that fights are not always won by a brawl but talking and negotiations as well. To me Wonder Woman has stood the test of time and continues to be a truly remarkable role model to girls and women seeing the world. – Julia Roth, Contributor
Join us! Add your tribute to the #DayOfWonder!!