Welcome back to our Fierce Female of the Week series! This week’s boss babe will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me. Diana Prince – otherwise known as Wonder Woman – is truly an inspiration. Her depiction by actress Gal Gadot in the 2017 movie ‘Wonder Woman’ directed by Patty Jenkins shook me to my core. I was truly in awe the first time I watched the film, and came back to it time and time again. It quickly become my favourite movie of the year, if not of all time.
I was so struck by Diana because of her complexity. Unlike many other female superheroes in the comic book world, Diana was more than a fighting machine that looked amazing in leotard (though she did look amazing). Diana is fueled by her vulnerability and her deep care for others. She is is compassionate and in-tune with her own feelings and the feelings of others. She has great empathy and concern for the world around her. She never thinks of her emotions as weakness, but instead uses them as fuel to, as she says in her own words, “fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.” We as women are incredible when we’re able to show what we feel. We can own these feelings and use them as strength to stand up for ourselves and others.
Diana is not an after-thought. She is not a sidekick. She is a highly skilled and thoroughly trained warrior. One of the most powerful moments in the 2017 film is her iconic crossing of ‘No Man’s Land’. I was moved to tears during this scene. Against the warnings by Steve Trevor and accompaniment, Diana stepped into battle alone. She alone took on the enemy snipers and led the charge to save an entire village. It was her ‘big hero moment’. But what makes Diana amazing is that she did this for her love of mankind and her desire for peace. Actress Gal Gadot says this, “Wonder Woman is a fighter, better than most, but it’s what she fights for that is important. It’s her vision of a future of peace and acceptance that makes her the right ambassador for everyone.”
Diana is so unashamedly herself. She stands firm in her identity. Everywhere she goes she is told ‘no’ but not once does this dull her sparkle. If anything, it pushes her to work harder and continue moving forward. She knows what she has been called to do – bring peace to the world. She doesn’t let how others try to limit her stop her from building her own destiny. This is such a beautiful reflection of real women. Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston, once said, “I write what I see about women I know, beautiful, brilliant, ferocious. They have the power within themselves to create their own destiny.” When we know who we are we fight for it, and nobody can stop us.
To me, Diana is a wonderful reminder that women don’t have to be cold and harsh to be strong. We don’t have to act masculine to be important. We can be huggers and criers and love glitter, and yet still be powerful. We can stand up for love and compassion and truth and justice. We can be sensitive and still be warriors. This dichotomy is beautiful and uniquely female.
“The greatest thing about Wonder Woman is how good and kind and loving she is, yet none of that negates any of her power.” – Patty Jenkins