×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

United Nations Names Wonder Woman Honorary Ambassador

The United Nations appointed Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls in a ceremony on Friday attended by Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot, two actresses who have played the DC Comics superhero.

Carter headlined the popular 1970s television series while Gadot is set to star in next year’s “Wonder Woman,” which will mark the first time the character has had a standalone big-screen adventure. They were joined by “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson.

The appointment comes as Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th anniversary. The character has been associated with the women’s rights movement since her inception. Creator William Moulton Marston was a major proponent of gender equality and drew on the iconography of the suffragette movement in fashioning Wonder Woman’s patriotic outfit, tiara, and gold bracelets. The character’s association with feminism was deepened after Gloria Steinem put her on the cover of an early issue of Ms. Magazine in the 1970s.

However, the U.N.’s move has generated controversy. Hundreds of staff members at the organization have signed a petition asking the U.N. to make a different choice and criticizing the scantily attired Wonder Woman as “the epitome of a ‘pin-up’ girl.”

On Twitter, Anne Marie Goetz, a former U.N. advisor and a professor at NYU, slammed the appointment, tweeting, “Retire Wonder Woman right away, UN! Pick global ambassador that is not symbol of objectified women, nor, for that matter, of American power.”

In remarks Friday, Cristina Gallach, U.N. under-secretary-general for communications and public information, stressed that Wonder Woman could shine a light on global issues that women face, from higher rates of illiteracy to gender-based violence.

“Wonder Woman will be another valuable partner for us to achieve such a world by inspiring her millions of fans worldwide to stand up for gender equality,” she said.

As part of the appointment, DC and its sister company Warner Bros. have promised to use their media platforms to raise awareness about issues relating to women’s rights. DC will publish a special comic book in 2017, that will appear in the six official languages of the U.N.: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. The companies will also team for a public service announcement featuring Gadot.

More Film

  • Korea Box Office Weekend: ‘Default’ Wins

    Korea Box Office: ‘Default’ Wins Again, ‘Nutcracker,’ 'Mortal Engines' Fail to Excite

    Korean-made financial drama, “Default” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second consecutive weekend. The CJ Entertainment release earned $4.95 million from 631,200 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $19.9 million after two weekends on release. “Bohemian Rhapsody” also remained in second. The Fox release earned $4.79 million [...]

  • Ventana Sur: Meikincine Picks Up ‘Just

    Ventana Sur: Meikincine Takes ‘Just Love,’ ‘Super Crazy’(EXCLUSIVE)

    BUENOS AIRES — Lucia and Julia Meik’s Buenos Aires boutique sales company Meikincine has acquired international sales rights to two of the more mainstream Argentine propositions at this year’s Ventana Sur: Andy Caballero and Diego Corsini’s “Just Love,” and “Re Loca,” the Argentine remake of Chile’s “Sin Filtro.” The “Re Loca” deal is for world [...]

  • Priyanka Chopra Variety Power of Women

    Ivanhoe Pictures Boards Priyanka Chopra’s ‘The Sky is Pink’

    “Crazy Rich Asians” producer Ivanhoe Pictures has come on board Priyanka Chopra’s family drama “The Sky Is Pink.” Ivanhoe will co-invest and co-produce. Fact-based, “Pink” is written and directed by top director Shonali Bose and is based on the life of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhury. The film is Chopra’s first in India since her U.S. [...]

  • Aquaman

    China Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Sinks All Challengers With $94 Million Opening

    The decision to release “Aquaman” in China two weeks prior to its North American outing paid off handsomely. The DC Comics adaptation achieved a massive $94.1 million opening in three days, according to data from Asian entertainment consultancy Artisan Gateway. The early release meant that the film played against weak opposition – tired Hollywood and [...]

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Emmanuel Lubezki Discuss the

    Alfonso Cuarón Details 'Roma' Cinematography With 'Gravity' DP Emmanuel Lubezki

    As part of an overall push to bring Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” to awards season voters, Netflix’s “‘Roma’ Experience'” played host to guild and Academy members Sunday in Hollywood. The all-day event featured panels focused on the film’s crafts and an audio-visual installation akin to the streamer’s FYSee initiative for Emmy contenders, featuring costumes and art [...]

  • IFFAM: Erik Matti Hatches Plans for

    IFFAM: Erik Matti Hatches Plans for ‘On The Job’ Franchise

    Filipino director Erik Matti is known for his eclectic body of work that includes “Honor Thy Father” and “Seklusyon.” His 2013 effort, “On The Job” travelled widely and won several awards including two at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and was nominated for an SACD Prize at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Matti is at [...]

  • Joan Chen attends the season premiere

    Joan Chen Talks Diversity in Hollywood, Welcomes #MeToo

    Chinese-American actress, writer and director Joan Chen says that she was flattered when Time magazine described her as the “Elizabeth Taylor of China.” When asked at an in-conversation event in Singapore on Saturday whether she paved the way for Chinese actresses to follow in Hollywood, Chen said, “We never go to work because we want [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content