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We Are All Wonder Women

By Grace Bradley--History was made this past weekend with Wonder Woman. The highly anticipated DC film directed by Patty Jenkins starring Gal Gadot as the half-god, half-mortal warrior brought in over $100 million domestically. For opening weekend, this was the highest-grossing film directed by a woman.

Wonder Woman is about so much more than the iconic red, white, and blue leotard and lasso. The film, while staying true to the classic elements of the character first introduced in 1941, is about the strength (physically and mentally) of this heroine as she combats the forces of evil, a male-dominated profession, and the objectification of women (phew).

There are many elements of Wonder Woman that anyone can identify with, particularly those who have fought an eating disorder or body image issues. Below are some reminders of the iconic attributes of Wonder Woman that Patty Jenkins brought to the big screen.

Her strength.

Her power does not simply reside in her physical capability. Wonder Woman is a force to be reckoned with, inside and out. The character is a reminder to us all that what we see on the outside is not the entire story, as strength does comes from within. Don’t forget, Wonder Woman would not be the heroine we know without her support system. Sure, she goes into battle on her own, but she is able to do so because of the support and guidance of her team. When it comes to eating disorders, we ultimately have to fight them ourselves, but a sturdy support system gives us the ability to fight independently.

Her resilience.

You would never know from watching the film, but Gal Gadot was pregnant during the shooting of Wonder Woman. We all encounter challenges on a regular basis, some of which are larger and more debilitating than others. It’s our ability to combat those challenges that creates that sense of resilience within each and every one of us. Some days, the battle is hard and we want to give up. When those days occur, find that tiny flame of resilience inside of you and ignite it to fuel your battle.  

She exceeds expectations.

Wonder Woman, and the production team that brought her to life, has consistently crushed the outdated expectations of women since day one. The unfortunate reality is there will be people in the world who won’t expect you to succeed. Well, the joke is on them. We all have the power to succeed in whatever we choose to pursue. Whether it is fighting Ares or an eating disorder, we all have the ability to win, despite what others may think.

We are all Wonder Women.

We might not be descendants of Gods or have superhero speed and agility, but that isn’t all that goes into the making of a hero. There is something in the character that women across the world can relate to in some way or another. There is something in each of us that makes us wonderful. We are allies, friends, parents, siblings, scholars, advocates, mentors, leaders, and followers. We are passionate and headstrong. We may not fight our battles with lassos, but we still fight with our own superpowers.

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