Warrior, Disrupter, Feminist Icon
Wonder Woman’s popularity is unwavering. The cultural impact of this quintessential character has steadily increased over the past eighty years. She is seen as an iconic exemplar of the feminist movement and a continuing symbol of female empowerment.
For generations, Wonder Woman has been a staple of both the comic book industry and popular feminist discourse. She has maintained her relevancy in American life since the 1940s and her cultural and societal impact throughout the generations is undeniable. She is arguably the best-known female superhero of all time having served as both an archetype of equality and feminism.
With creator William Moulton Marston’s original intent as the foundation of this book, our beloved Wonder Woman journeys through time as a reflection of each wave within the feminist movement. In Wonder Woman: Warrior, Disruptor, Feminist Icon Regina Luttrell brings to life our favorite Amazon Warrior by providing a vivid account of Wonder Woman’s history, origin, and identity. Further, for the first time, the oft-overlooked contributions to Wonder Woman by Marston’s life partners Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne are explored. Luttrell deftly recounts the role Wonder Woman played in the women’s movement while uncovering her worldwide impact on sociocultural changes over the past eight decades through her sustained relevance as an iconic symbol of female strength, grace, and love.
Coming off the heels of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Wonder Woman’s recently celebrated 80th anniversary, Wonder Woman: Warrior, Disruptor, Feminist Icon has breadth, depth, and fan appeal. The book spans the early years of our Amazon Warrior as it traces her evolution from an ambassador of peace and love to the fiercest warrior in the DC universe. Subsequently, Wonder Woman has acutely depicted the shifting roles and ambitions of women throughout time. Today she is the epitome of technological sophistication, globalization, and modern-day feminism.
As a nod to Marston, each chapter of the book starts with a short vignette of a feminist hero – both past and present. In the original series, Marston included short biographies of trailblazing women such as Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth. Fans of Wonder Woman will instantly recognize this subtle tribute. Further, each chapter provides a unique perspective that shows how Wonder Woman’s actions and essence relate to feminist issues. Sprinkled throughout, inspirational quotes by Wonder Woman herself connect readers to her dynamic words of wisdom.
Regina Luttrell brings to life our favorite Amazon Warrior by providing a vivid account of:
- Wonder Woman’s history, origin, and identity, including, for the first time ever, the contributions of Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne on Wonder Woman
- The role Wonder Woman played in the women’s movement from first wave feminism through to modern-day feminism
- Wonder Woman’s world-wide impact on socio-cultural changes over the past eight decades, recounting how she maintained relevance for so long while continuing to be the symbol of female empowerment
- Gloria Steinem’s perspectives in her DC Comics essay “Be the Wonder Woman You Can Be”
- Personal interviews with the Marston, Holloway and Byrne granddaughters – Christie Marston, Nancy Marston Wykoff, and Peggy Marston Van Cleave
There is no doubt that feminism and the women’s rights movement are alive and well today. Part of that is unequivocally Wonder Woman: Warrior, Disruptor, Feminist Icon.