What's the connection between Wonder Woman and the Goddesses in the Greek myths? How do "archetypes" influence us? Let's CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH by learning more about our history and how we can progress in the future as Wonder Women (International Women's Day, March 8th)
Ever since I was a young girl I was exposed to ancient Greek mythology and I was fascinated by the characters of the powerful Olympian goddesses such as Athena Artemis Hera Aphrodite Demeter and the sphere and a whole series of other Greek heroines. As an adolescent these goddesses seemed to me like they had a lot more to offer me in terms of role models than the dualistic archetypes of (Virgin Mary) or whore (Maria Magdalena) choice of Christianity and other systems created by men to serve male interests.
The Goddesses were my first super-heroines long before I was exposed to television superheroes such as Wonder Woman, who was played by Linda Carter in the 70’s. Wonder Woman is a fictional superheroine appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics since 1941. The character is one of the most iconic female figures in popular culture.
In her homeland, the island nation of Themyscira, her official title is Princess Diana of Themyscira...
Wonder Woman's origin story relates that she is the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, jointly raised by her mother and her aunts Antiope and Menalippe. The Amazons lived on this island until a plane crashes on its shores with major Steve Trevor. The Amazons nurse him back to health and Diana returns with him on a mission etc to fight villains and save the world. In order to blend into our society outside, she adopts her civilian identity Diana Prince.
The fictional career of Diana Prince evolved over the years, from the original Army nurse to becoming a military intelligence officer (promoted to higher ranks), then later a civilian employee, businesswoman, astronaut, and staff member at the United Nations.
Wonder Woman was created by the American psychologist and Harvard professor, William Moulton Marston. He drew alot of inspiration from early feminists, and especially from birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger; who opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, which led to her arrest for distributing information on contraception.
As a young girl growing up in Canada in the seventies, I was deeply empowered by the image of Wonder Woman and continue to draw strength from this archetype even today, in my work as acoach and mentor.
Which archetypes or super heroes have affected your life and why?