Skip to main site content.
The official appointment of Wonder Woman as honorary U.N. ambassador will take place on October 21. (Facebook/DC Comics)

Great Hera!

Wonder Woman dropped from U.N.’s gender equality campaign

By WITW Staff on December 13, 2016

The United Nations has abruptly booted Wonder Woman from her post as the honorary ambassador of a campaign to empower women and girls, The Guardian reports.

The comic book character was incorporated into the campaign less than two months ago, in a move that was met with considerable dissent. Dozens of U.N. employees protested the appointment, which, incidentally, occurred at a time when the U.N. had come under criticism for passing over several (human) female candidates in its search for a new secretary general.

Additionally, some 45,000 people signed a petition protesting the selection, arguing that Wonder Woman is an inappropriate role model for women and girls. “Although the original creators may have intended Wonder Woman to represent a strong and independent ‘warrior’ woman with a feminist message, the reality is that the character’s current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit,” the petition read.

The U.N. has not elaborated upon its reasons for ending the Wonder Woman campaign, but spokesman Jeff Brez said that initiatives featuring fictional characters generally do not last more than a few months.

A spokeswoman for DC Entertainment, which publishes the Wonder Woman comics, said that Wonder Woman “has been a motivating force for many and will continue to be long after the conclusion of her U.N. honorary ambassadorship.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.



‘Steel ceiling,’ rather than glass ceiling, blamed for latest denial of woman to top post