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It seems like ever since Warner realized there might actually be a moviegoing audience for a female superhero, everyone's slowly noticing how inspiring Wonder Woman actually is. Granted, the character has built a steady following in the 75 years of her existence, but the spotlight's never been as strong as now.

Adding to the Wonder Woman movie coming next summer, courtesy of the Warner's DCEU, as well as the biopic about Wonder Woman's creator titled Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (and focusing on the bisexual love triangle that inspired William Marston to bring the character to life), Wonder Woman has now been named Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls of the United Nations.

Wonder Woman Is The UN's New Mascot

DC Comics
DC Comics

What does that entail, exactly? The UN will use the character as an avatar to promote female empowerment in various campaigns, clearly counting on her recognizability and popularity to get people to listen to their message. Along with the announcement, they released the following statement:

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, healthcare, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

Can The UN Rely On Famous Icons For Their Campaigns?

After Emma Watson launching the HeForShe campaign as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Women, this is the latest attempt by the UN to use famous figures in order to carry an important message. Let's just hope Wonder Woman gets more responsibilities than Winnie Pooh when he was named honorary Ambassador of Friendship in 1998.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman / DC/Warner Bros.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman / DC/Warner Bros.

But the appeal of Wonder Woman is clear; recently, actress Gal Gadot, who plays her in the upcoming DCEU movie, explained how the character symbolized love during an interview for her latest film. Most importantly, she insisted that Wonder Woman represented the opposite of competitive feminism, and that her power wasn't meant to be compared to men:

"Wonder Woman is different. On this film, we went back to Diana's backstory — to her history, her coming of age. How did Diana become Wonder Woman? But with this character, what I love about her so much is that her agenda is love. It's not about fighting, it's not about who is stronger than whom; it's not about women versus men. It's about love, and acceptance of others. She stands for love, justice and compassion."

A Ceremony At The UN Will Feature Special Guests

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, will receive the honors on behalf of Wonder Woman at a ceremony on October 21 in New York. "Celebrity guests" should also appear, including at least an actress who's played her. Stay tuned!


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[Source: BBC]


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