- 19 Dec 17
She discusses her character’s status as a feminist hero with Roe McDemott.
After making a cameo in Batman V. Superman, Gadot is starring in the long-awaited adaptation of Wonder Woman, the demigoddess and warrior princess of the Amazons. Wonder Woman has been held up as a feminist icon for decades – and was even portrayed by Gloria Steinem on the cover of Ms. magazine in 1971. Gadot is proud of the feminist history of the character, and of the feminist label itself.
“I think there’s such a misunderstanding now over what it is to be a feminist,” opines the 32-year-old actress. “Even women sometimes get defensive about it, saying ‘Oh no, I’m not a feminist.’ We should all be feminists. Feminism is all about choice and freedom and equality, and this is something that Wonder Woman represents. She doesn’t pay any attention to gender, because as far as she knows, growing up on an island with no men, she just assumes that men are the same as she is; people are judged on their own qualities. Gender doesn’t and shouldn’t define someone’s worth.”
In 2016, Wonder Woman was named as an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the UN, and it was at the ceremony that Gadot met actress Lynda Carter, who famously played the heroine in the 1970s television series.