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Things We Saw Today: The Original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, Gets a Star on the Walk of Fame

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Carter was honored by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins for blazing the trail for female superheroes on-screen.

Lynda Carter is a delight and an actual national treasure, and I’m thrilled to see her honored with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Just how delightful is Lynda Carter? This whole profile in Variety is worth reading, but let’s start here:

Despite her character’s patriotic form-fitting ensemble and the fact that she was, for a long time, the lone female superhero in town, Carter doesn’t feel the role objectified her “any more than Superman with a sock in his pocket is objectified.”

“We all like looking at pretty people,” she says. “It doesn’t mean anything to me. There are so many more things to worry about… Let’s worry about who we’re going to put in the Oval [Office] next time.”

A staunch feminist and LGBTQ rights advocate — she recently attended a benefit for the progressive-minded political action committee Emily’s List and has served as the grand marshal at several pride parades — Carter says she learned much of this mindset from her mother and the legions of other women in that generation who hung up their kitchen aprons and joined the factory lines during World War II.

“They felt so empowered that they could not only contribute to the safety of our nation, but they had a voice with their person and their hands in a physical way. Everyone had a part.”

Patty Jenkins was on hand at Carter’s ceremony, and you can watch her remarks below.

“Her Wonder Woman made me believe I that I could have whatever I wanted, and even more importantly, it made me unashamed to want it,” Jenkins says. Merciful Minerva, what an inspiring pair of women.

(images: CBS)

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Kaila is a lifelong New Yorker. She's written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.