Early this afternoon, Wonder Woman was officially named Honorary Ambassador to the United Nations in a special ceremony. On hand were D.C .Entertainment President Diane Nelson, both Wonder Woman actresses -- Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot -- and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. While a handful of press, special guests and U.N. employees were in attendance, the audience was mostly comprised of a number of Girl Scouts beyond excited to meet the both versions of the heroine in the flesh. Nelson, Carter and Gadot each spoke at the ceremony.
For 75 years, Wonder Woman has been the ultimate symbol of strength, hope and empowerment to girls and women all over the world. Hailed as a feminist icon since her debut, the popular character seemed an obvious choice for the UN to choose as an Honorary Ambassador to help promote Goal 5 of their Sustainable Development inititiative. It was pure serendipity that the ceremony would take place on the day that marks the 75th anniversary of her launch.
Diane Nelson was the first to speak, sharing a bit of background on the most famous female superhero in the world before discussing what the character meant to girls and women everywhere, stating, "She shows not what girls can do, but what they already do." She then shared how many girls all over the world don't get to dream about what they want to be when they grow up and how seeing a character like Wonder Woman impacts them. Gadot, who spoke briefly and last, echoed much of what Nelson and Carter said, sharing how much it meant for her to be playing the character and how sometimes people need someone or thing to aspire to, whether in real life or fiction. "Wonder Woman is a fighter, better than most," the actress declared, adding, "But it's what she fights for that is imporant." But it was Carter who gave the most impassioned speech of the afternoon.
She elaborated a bit more about Wonder Woman's origin, and how William Moulton Marstan created her because of the lack of female characters, famously saying, "Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength and power." Carter then pointed out how very few women-driven shows existed on TV when Wonder Woman came out. " Wonder Woman lives. Do not doubt it. She lives in every woman. She brings out the stregth that every woman has." She then launched into a passionate speech about gender equality, reminding everyone how crucial and valuable women are, since "we are the mothers of all mankind." She then addressed the young girls in the room: "Wonder Woman lives inside you."
Despite a peaceful silent protest at the beginning of the event that was only noticed by the adults in the room, the ceremony went off without a hitch. Regardless of how one may have felt about the choice of a fictional superhero to be named an honorary ambassador, it was hard not to be moved by the powerful messages from the women in attendance and, perhaps more importantly, the sight of dozens of young girls with faces lit up as they hung on every word.
Listen to Lynda Carter's moving speech below.