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The Strange History behind Wonder Woman!

08 Dec, 2014

The Strange History behind Wonder Woman!

If you have already read The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, then you would probably have an idea of what this article is all about. William Marston, the creator of the character of Wonder Woman came across the idea of bringing America’s first ever female Superhero to life! Thanks to his wife. 

William Moulton Marston, a psychologist already famous for inventing the polygraph (forerunner to the magic lasso), struck upon an idea for a new kind of superhero, one who would triumph not with fists or firepower, but with love. "Fine," said his wife. "But make her a woman."

(Ref – Wiki)

Wonder Woman happened just as the United States entered into the Second World War in December, 1941. In no time, she rose to stardom and was amongst the most loved Superheroes in the universe after Superman and Batman.

Lepore’s recent book “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” gives us a glimpse into the past surrounding the creation of the character. Her creator Marston was an eccentric psychologist and in his pitch to DC, he wrote “Not even girls want to be girls… so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, power…Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weak ones… psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.”

Marston was a staunch feminist and he married a fellow feminist, Sadie Holloway. Their marriage lasted till he lived. However, it is said that he had fallen in love with Olive Byrne. He left his wife with a choice of accepting Olive into their lives or he would leave her. Marston raised four children and the world was told that Olive was their live-in governess.

Truth be told, Marston did believe in Women’s rights and so did his Wonder Woman.


The original article can be found here




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