To raise awareness about Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and spur action in support of the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations (UN) designated today (21 Oct) the character ‘Wonder Woman’.
President, DC Entertainment Diane Nelson said what made ‘Wonder Woman’ empowering wasn’t that she represents what girls can do, rather “look was girls already do.” Nelson said there was a revolution already underway that needed engagement and action from women and girl and men and boys alike. However, she said there were girls around the world who “don’t get to dream about what they want to be when they grow up.” Nelson said inequalities faced by girls can begin right at their birth and follow them all their lives. She said, “Imagine what a figure like Wonder Woman means to them; imagine how she looks through their eyes; someone who takes no nonsense from any man including Superman.”
Actress Lynda Carter, who played the character in a TV series some 40 years ago, said women can be smart, beautiful, strong, wise, kind, brave, and believed in “fair play and fair pay and playing by the rules.” She said women stood by men and called on “all these good men of the world to work with us and help us achieve freedoms that all women and girls worldwide so richly deserve.” Carter said ‘Wonder Woman’ helped “bring out the inner strength” of every woman. She added, “We are half the world; we have a voice, we are the mothers of all mankind.”
The actress called on the “all the doubters who think it’s not a good idea” to “embrace” Wonder Woman. She said in the 1970’s, during the feminist movement, people thought that Wonder Woman “was being objectified because she was wearing a one piece bathing suit.” She said, “Superman wore tights; they didn’t think anything of it. Spiderman wore a mask and there are all these other things. It’s just a super hero, and she looks good. And you know, it’s like get over it.”
Actress Gal Gadot, who will be playing the character in an upcoming movie, said ‘Wonder Woman’ was a fighter “better than most, but it’s what she fights for that is important.” She said people sometimes needed something or someone to aspire to and help inform their choices and set an example. She said, “That example can be a superhero like Wonder Woman, or a real life super hero in your own world. She can inspire us to be more, to demand more, and to do more, and that’s inspiration for everyone.”