hen Wonder Woman hit theaters in early June, voices cried out from all directions.
Most were extremely positive. Finally, a female superhero! A woman kicks ass, takes names, and does it all without the help of a man. She's strong. She's brave. She's headlining her own big budget summer blockbuster. More than that, a woman directed it! Hallelujah! Progress!
Some voices, though, mostly those of fragile men, couldn't handle the fact that a movie could be for women and not for them. When the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas organized a women-only screening of Wonder Women (because can't we have something?), the backlash was swift and insane.
Women finally have a movie that's for them, that represents how tough and resilient they are, that shows women and girls of all types that they are important and they are seen. It may seem like a small thing, but men have never lacked representation on screen. Boys growing up have countless heroes to be inspired by. A successful blockbuster movie directed by and starring a woman has finally given girls all over the world a forty-foot-tall example of strength and power that looks just like them.
And that's not such a little thing.
Wonder Woman‘s opening weekend earned it over $100 million at the domestic box office — a record for a movie directed by a woman.
And this little girl saw her potential for the first time ever on the silver screen.
Overseas, the movie earned $223 million, and worldwide, it stole the hearts of women and girls.
Sometimes, all you need to rule the world is a cool outfit and a power stance.
You go girl.
This little girl is saying, “Stop with that misogynistic behavior! Women are just as capable as being superheroes as men.”
Wonder Woman inspires that spirit of adventure in women and girls everywhere. Explore the outdoors! Scrape your knees! Get dirty. And don’t let anyone tell you it’s “unladylike.”