WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES is being distributed to colleges, universities, schools, libraries and other organizations through New Day Films. New Day has been representing high-quality documentary films for the past 40 years, and is cooperatively run by the filmmakers themselves.
WONDER WOMEN! is now being used to spark transformative conversations in classes focusing on: Women & Men’s Studies, Girls’ Studies, Media & Popular Culture Studies, Film History, Communication, Education, Psychology, Sociology, LBGT Studies and American Studies.
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The filmmakers are available for presentations and workshops on issues involving representation of women in the media, media literacy and critical viewing skills, and empowerment through creating your own media. Contact the director, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, at email@example.com.
Wonder Women! hits us right where it counts, offering a nuanced critique of gender and heroism in popular culture… Reveals the complicated negotiations girls and women face as we attempt to achieve confidence, strength, and agency in a society often at odds with those goals.
––Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Fills a void in popular culture critiques that will inspire both girls and women, and enable lively classroom discussions about the profound influence of media in shaping notions of what women can be and do.
––Caroline Heldman, Political Commentator & Professor of Politics, Occidental College
Channels all of the excitement of reading a comic book into an exhilarating and captivating historical account of the evolution of the media’s first true Girl Power figure, Wonder Woman. More importantly, the film compellingly documents the importance of strong mediated role models for girls.
––Sharon R. Mazzarella, Professor of Communication Studies, James Madison University
[Explains] what should be evident but is SO not: Girls need super heroes because they need to know that their gender is not an obstacle. If you have a daughter, it is a moral imperative that you show her this film as soon as possible.
––Jessica Baxter, Film Threat
I thought I knew Wonder Woman, but Kapow! Bam! In true superhero fashion, this film delivered a knock-out blow to my simple set of assumptions. Great as a way to introduce ideas and initiate discussion about gender, feminism, girls, activism. I would use it as a way to ground conversations about gender and power, media impact on girls, media activism, and social constructions of femininity.
–Lyn Mikel Brown, Professor of Education, Colby College, and author of Packaging Girlhood
This film makes a great addition to the women’s and gender studies classroom. Who knew that the depiction of Wonder Woman paralleled the pursuit of women’s rights throughout the twentieth century? This provocative lens on U.S. women’s history promises to engage students, while pushing them to think critically about the current depiction of strong and empowered women in the media. Drawing together central themes within the fields of women’s and gender studies – beauty, body, sex, power, violence, and media – this film will assist teachers in demonstrating the relevance of feminist criticism to the media-saturated, celebrity-obsessed, and digitally-enhanced culture in which our students live.
–Desiree Henderson, Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Arlington
This important film provides an unparalleled perspective on the enduring power of Wonder Woman in popular culture. Dynamic animations kapow this archetype beyond comic books into the living systems of post-millennial girl power. The result? A truth-telling lasso capturing decades of Wonder Woman’s superheroic impact on the collective imagination.
–Kathleen Sweeney, Media Studies Faculty, The New School for Public Engagement, and the author of Maiden USA
A delicious journey through decades of popular culture [that] interweaves the evolution of women superheroes, from the original Wonder Woman comic through Charlie’s Angels, Buffy, Riot Grrrls and beyond, and the history of modern feminism. It’s a vivid demonstration of the complex relationship between creators and consumers of popular culture.
–Patricia Aufderheide, Director of the Center for Social Media and Professor of Communication, American University
Instead of a static essay on a comic book character, director Guevara-Flanagan broadens the scope to give the superhero angle its proper historical and societal perspective. Wonder Women! fills a niche in feminist collections.
–Ellen Druda, Library Journal
Appropriate for all age groups, and would be especially useful in media and women’s studies classes.
–Ann Weber, School Library Journal