When Wonder Woman first appeared in the pages of DC Comics back in the 1940s, one of the supplementary features of each issue was an educational page called “Wonder Women Of History.” Diana would narrate, taking readers back in time for a brief overview of one historical female’s life and the positive changes she made to society.
It was an effort by creator William Moulton Marston to empower the little girls reading the magazine, and inspire them to become great women themselves. But when Marston left the book, the feature vanished. Now DC is resurrecting Wonder Women Of History in the form of a new book written and illustrated by a wide variety of female creators.
This time, though, it’s less of a history lesson and more of a People Magazine glance-over. The majority of the women who made the lineup are alive, and some weren’t even famous until very recently. Harriet Tubman didn’t make the cut, but Keiko Agena did, whose greatest achievement is playing Lane on Gilmore Girls.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – written by Lilliam Rivera and drawn by Anastasia Longoria
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg – written by Lilah Sturges and drawn by Devaki Neogi
- Elizabeth Warren – written and drawn by Renae De Liz
- Rashida Tlaib – written and drawn by Marguerite Dabaie
- Teara Fraser – written by Traci Sorell and drawn by Natasha Donovan
- Beyoncé – written by Mikki Kendall and drawn by A. D’Amico
- Edith Windsor – written by Amanda Deibert and drawn by Cat Staggs
- Marsha P. Johnson – written by Jadzia Axelrod and drawn by Michaela Washington
- Emma Gonzalez – written by Kami Garcia and drawn by Igzell
- Judith Heumann – written by Marieke Nijkamp and drawn by Ashanti Fortson
- Ellen Ochoa – written by Cecil Castellucci and drawn by Carina Guevara
- Shi Zhengli – written by Emily X.R. Pan and drawn by Wendy Xu
- Serena Williams – written by Danielle Paige and drawn by Brittney Williams
- Tig Notaro – written by Sara Farizan and drawn by Nicole Goux
- Keiko Agena – written by Sarah Kuhn and drawn by Lynn Yoshii
- Dominique Dawes – written by Danny Lore and drawn by Robyn Smith
- Janelle Monáe – written by Vita Ayala and drawn by O’Neill Jones
A better title for this book might be “Wonder Women Of Contemporary Society.” But you can pick it up starting December 1 wherever books are sold. It’ll make a great seasonal gift for any little women of wonder in the making.