when pigs fly … expect the unbelievable

Archive for January 4th, 2011

And you thought Rosie the Riveter was a “wonder woman”!  Of course she was, but did you know that Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by Dr. William Moulton Marston, who did so because he did not believe that little girls had strong female role models.  What you probably don’t know about Wonder Woman is that during World War II, she began to fight against all threats to American ideals.  To do so, she took on the alter ego of an army nurse who, later in the war, quit nursing and became a WAC and secretary to a colonel.

Wonder Woman was the first female character inducted into the DC Comics superhero’s League of Justice.

Wonder Woman was introduced to the American public in a feature of All Star Comics and within 6 months was so popular that her character could support a comic book series of her very own.

Emily Yellin, who authored Our Mothers’ War, tells us that Wonder Woman was on the first cover of MS Magazine because editor Gloria Steinem said she was the best female role model available for girls who grew up in the 40s and 50s.

We can all be wonder women in our own right.  And we can thank Dr. Marston (and Lynda Carter) for showing us the way.  (PS:  You don’t have to wear the outfit!)


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