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Wonder Women of History - The Origin Story

Posted on March 17 2019

Question for you - Did you have a strong, empowered and inspirational woman to look up to when you were young? Or perhaps more than one?

I had a lot, but even though the one who's inspired me though many years of life is fictional, she's taught me a LOT about the integrity and strength of women - both as individuals and together. She showed me that ALL women deserve dignity and respect. And my idolization has never waned!

The reality is...I was THAT kid. I wanted - no, needed -  every product that had my favorite superhero on it. I'm talking lunchboxes, Underoos, a sleeping bag, t-shirts, and, of course, Halloween costumes. Now decades later, those things are so much less important, and my keepsakes are the love I hold for her messaging and the power in seeing her inspire girls and woman today.

You probably know her as Wonder Woman! Or perhaps as Princess Diana of Themyscira? I call her my role model. Through the 1970's TV Show starring Lynda Carter, the original comics from her debut in 1941, and the recent big screen movies, she influenced my personal beliefs about the significance of integrity, strength, humor, and standing up for what's right.

Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston, Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne as both a response to the large number of male super heroes at the time and thanks to the trio's feminist and liberated views of the world. William hoped his female hero would inspire young girls (and boys, too) to become leaders through articles and features celebrating female empowerment, including a series of stories about the career paths of famous and accomplished ladies called the Wonder Women of History.

Her Lasso of Truth showed me that honesty and owning your mistakes/missteps is an important part of life. Her sisterhood with the women of Themyscira taught me the power of supporting other women, and accepting their support in return. Her gauntlets of Atlas - the wrist cuffs that repel bullets and increase her strength x10 - helped me realize that I have an inner strength that allows me to combat negativity and social injustice. 

No matter where you find your inspiration, we're here to help you believe in yourself, believe in the power of women, and give you a visible voice for all to hear! And we're so glad you're here!

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