Wonder Woman is no ordinary woman. She is fast, strong, able to set captives free and defeat villains. For these and many other reasons, the UN believed that the iconic female would make a good UN Ambassador for Female Empowerment. The organisation hoped the superhero would help them to reach younger audiences worldwide. Addressing the UN in support of the decision actress Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the original series, said:
“So wonder woman lives, do not doubt it; she lives in every woman. Wonder woman helps bring out the inner strength every woman has”.
Unfortunately, the UN’s decision to choose Wonder Woman to represent global female empowerment has been met with a deluge of criticism. There is considerable concern that her exposed flesh and attire stood a very real chance of trampling on cultural, religious, and geopolitical sensibilities.
UN staff mounted a silent protest with signs, one of which read; ‘real women deserve a real ambassador.’ Hundreds of them signed an online petition complaining that:“ the large breasted white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery thigh baring body suit, with an American motif and knee-high boots is not an appropriate figurehead”.
Talking to the BBC a female member of the public said; “I like what she stands for; I don't really appreciate what she's wearing”. Another lady stated: “although wonder woman is a great character I think that we can find someone better to represent women someone who's not so hyper sexualized”.
From the UN’s standpoint, it is clearly a case of it seemed a good idea at the time.