7 Wonder Women You May Not Have Noticed
We’ve all noticed Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman as a badass feminist icon. But what about the people in real life, making changes for women every day? In no particular order, here are some of the true wonder women that are fighting for rights, taking charge and making big changes.
- Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski
John McCain may have gotten all the glory, but you should really be thanking these two for the defeat of the “skinny” health care bill that was trying to be forced through the Senate. Both Senators noted that they listened to the people of their state and said that the Republican bill was lacking in substance.
It’s also notable that Collins also opposed the bill because of the GOP’s desire to defund Planned Parenthood. While many Republicans support diverting funds from the organization, Collins is one that acknowledges it does many things besides abortions — and federal funding doesn’t even go towards those.
- Serena Williams
You’ve obviously noticed Serena Williams. But in addition to fighting for herself and other female tennis players, she’s recently used her visibility to fight for black women everywhere. Women already make less than men, but when it’s a black woman, they’re making even less compared to their male counterparts.
She wrote an extensive essay detailing the issues that are still prevalent with income disparity and sexism. She encourages other women to speak out about these issues and wrote, “Today isn’t about me. It’s about the other 24 million black women in America. If I never picked up a tennis racket, I would be one of them: that is never lost on me.”
- Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has always been a champion for both women and the LGBTQI+ community. And she fired back when Trump announced his ban on transgender people in the military. She backed her outrage with statistics about the suffering of transgender individuals and their likelihood of already having issues with their mental health.
This is just the most recent stand Gaga has taken. She’s also been very vocal about gay pride and took the stage at the Oscars last year with other sexual assault survivors to sing her song, “Til It Happens To You.”
- Amy McGrath
The first woman Marine to fly in an F-18 in combat, McGrath is taking her experience to the Kentucky congressional race. Taking on Andy Barr, who McGrath’s political ad paints as Mitch McConnell’s right-hand man, she says she wants to protect Kentucky’s health care access. We can only hope she gets elected and takes this intensity to a congressional seat.
- Charlize Theron
Wonder Woman has been the feminist box office superstar this year — but you should be watching out for Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde. People have been calling her the female James Bond and it’s easy to see why. Atomic Blonde sees Theron doing almost all of the intense action sequences herself instead of with a stunt double.
And Theron is no stranger to that, either. She’s got a history of taking on badass women roles, like in Mad Max: Fury Road, with her portrayal of Furiosa. Little girls want to grow up to be Wonder Woman. But a lot of them might want to grow up to be Charlize Theron, too.
- Samantha Bee
Bee has become an absolute powerhouse on the late-night circuit, being the only woman doing political commentary. Her show is also the first female-fronted one to get nominated for an Outstanding Variety Talk Series Emmy. And this is just one of seven nominations that the show nabbed. For a show that’s only in its second season, that’s a pretty good start.
- Kamala Harris
She’s the Senator that everyone has been buzzing about, one of the Democratic Party’s biggest draws and a possible contender for the presidential race in 2020. She’s also made headlines when Republican Senators attempted to silence her during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings. And that’s just the start of it.
Most recently, she’s been in the news for speaking out against the pay gap for black women and coming up with a plan to stop this discrepancy. She wants pay transparency, more preparation for black women to get better jobs and an increase in the minimum wage. Her Twitter feed is also a refreshing place to be in the age of Trump.
There are wonder women all around us. Some we recognize, but don’t even totally realize how much they’re helping society. Others we never notice at all. In a political atmosphere that, for many of us, is currently flooded with disheartening stories, it’s important to take a moment every now and then to recognize the inspiring people working to further the progressive cause.