Excellent at Clobbering People

by Jill Lepore

Wonder Woman isn't only an Amazonian princess with badass boots. She's the missing link in a chain of events that begins with the woman suffrage campaigns of the 1910s and ends with the troubled place of feminism fully a century later. Feminism made Wonder Woman. And then Wonder Woman remade feminism, which hasn't been altogether good for feminism. Superheroes, who are supposed to be better than everyone else, are excellent at clobbering people. They're lousy at fighting for equality.


Jill Lepore is an American historian and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her six sentences are taken from The Secret History of Wonder Woman.