Wonder Woman’s Historic Beginnings

With the premiere of Wonder Woman this past weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to bring up a book that I started reading at the end of last year, put away for a while, and finally started reading again. While this won’t be a full-fledged review since I haven’t finished it yet, I did want to mention the book in case there are some (new or veteran) fans of Wonder Woman who haven’t read this yet. 

Wonder Woman

 

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore explores the lives of various historical figures who influenced the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, and his characterization of this famous female superhero. As you can imagine, she has very strong feminist beginnings, which date back to the early 1900’s women’s suffrage movement.

From the Barnes & Noble description:
“The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history. Wonder Woman, Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights—a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.”

Hopefully I can see the movie this upcoming weekend. I’ll probably write a combination post on the movie and this book once completed.

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Did you see the movie? Any thoughts, positive or negative?

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