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Wonder Woman

June 6, 2012

Psychologists Elizabeth and William Marston are known as the inventors of polygraph, but lie detector is not their only achievement. William was a comic book writer, publishing by the pen name Charles Moulton. He recognised all superheroes were men. “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power…the obvious remedy is to create feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman”. And so he did.

Inspired by Elizabeth’s achievements and personality traits, the first female superhero Wonder Woman was born. Amazon warrior princess, beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules and swifter than Mercury appeared in 1941. On a mission to bring the ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality, she conquers enemies with love and not with fists and firepower. In early stories various historical females were included, since authors believed Wonder Woman should not only be entertaining, but also to serve as a role model for young women.

After more than 70 years and many superheroins later, she still reigns in comic character lists. With the words of Samantha: “Wonder Woman keeps me going when I need to put on my own warrior boots” or Grace “Aside, of course, from my mother, Wonder Woman is, so far, the heroine to beat in my book. That combo of compassion and heart, and the ability to lay you flat if you can’t listen to reason…well…sounds like the best mothers I’ve ever known!” Elizabeth and William obviously fulfilled their goal.


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