Wonder Woman Influences Young Girls


Actress Gal Gadot, portraying the superhero, Wonder Woman.

Lily Pumphrey

Wonder Woman grossed an unprecedented $816 million dollars to become a summer box office hit. It became the first female-directed movie to make more than $100 million. However, Wonder Woman’s impact goes far beyond its earnings.

It has an impact on young girls like Nora Paxton, a fourth grader. She was asked if she thought it is harder to be a girl hero?

“Yeah probably because everybody else is a boy,” said Paxton. “There’s a lot more boys. I wish there was Flash girl because that would be cool.”

It’s true, girl heroes are few and far between. Wonder Woman is the first female-led superhero movie in over a decade, and Wonder Woman herself is also the only female superhero ever to get her own movie.

“I have an eight-year-old son,” said the director of Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine. “He’s going to grow up thinking that, of course, some of the women you know are going to be princesses. And some of them are going to be princesses who fight side by side with you in battle.”

Wonder Woman herself isn’t the only one breaking stereotypes. Wonder Woman is the first superhero ever movie to be directed by a woman.

“The greatest thing about being a woman director was that I wasn’t thinking about being a woman, or her being a woman. I was just directing a hero,” said Jenkins.

Did any of this impact Wonder Woman’s ability to be a hero? Paxton doesn’t think so. She was just excited to see Wonder Woman in action.

“I think it’s just awesome,” said Paxton.