Wonder Woman Meets Rosie the Riveter

by Matilda Butler on June 4, 2017

Post #81. Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

The Link Between Wonder Woman and Rosie the Riveter



This weekend (June 2, 2017) Wonder Woman is released in theaters across America. It looks like a real winner with an anticipated domestic box office of $100.5 million. This is the largest opening for a female director, Patty Jenkins, who is the first female director of a female-led superhero movie.

One headline read: “Wonder Woman Shatters Box Office with Biggest Female Director Opening. Ever.”

As I checked data just now, I see that Wonder Woman has a 93% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Congratulations.

But why talk about Wonder Woman? Since we are about all things Rosie the Riveter, Kendra and I immediately saw a link between these two icons.

–Rosie the Riveter is an empowered woman who is the embodiment of strength and courage. She inspired working women soon after American entered the war post-Pearl Harbor. She first appeared on a poster drawn by J. Howard Miller early in World War II.

–Wonder Woman is the embodiment of female strength in pursuit of peace, justice, and women’s rights. She first appeared in DC Comics early in World War II. The creator of Wonder Woman was William Moulton Marston, a well-known psychologist and inventor of the lie detector (the source of the idea for Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth) who wrote under the pen name of Charles Moulton.

Marston’s psychological research led him to the conclusion that women were more honest than men in many situations and could “work faster and more accurately.”

In a 1943 issue of The American Scholar, he wrote:

“Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

We may not fully agree with Marston’s logic, but we can appreciate the legacy of his strong, empowered woman, Wonder Woman — a great companion for Rosie the Riveter.

I haven’s seen Wonder Woman yet, but it is on my list for next weekend. Below is the official trailer if you want to know more.

IN THE MEANTIME:

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