This weekend as a special treat for Moms, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum showed Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines an amazing documentary by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan about the evolution of the female gender in comics.
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan takes the viewer on a journey of the ups and downs of the female character in comics and the correlation to what American women were going through during the same time frame. The audience learns of the fight for women’s rights in the United States through the view of comics and pop culture. Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines comes to life with interviews from women of all ages and statuses. It also includes discussions with Andy Mangels aka Wonder Woman’s number one fan.
The film’s main focus is Wonder Woman and her fruition since she came on the scene in December of 1941. As with many superheroes, Wonder Woman developed during a time of great turmoil, World War II. America was going to war. Men were being sent out to fight and at home in the United States women put on a pair of pants, stepped out their front doors, and went to work. The World was changing, everyone was scared, and having a powerful icon to inspire and bring hope was just what the American people needed.
A synopsis for the documentary states, “WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.” This documentary will leave the viewer with sense of the female struggle in America and how it influenced the comic world. The film is available for purchase for home or educational use.