“The United Nations observes designated days, weeks, years, and decades, each with a theme, or topic. By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and action on these issues. The majority of observances have been established by resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, although some have been designated by UN specialized agencies. The United Nations also observes anniversaries of key events in its history.” — United Nations website.
The United Nations was officially formed on October 24, 1945. But just 4 years earlier, a certain star-spangled female protagonist emerged from the back pages of a male-dominated comic book, All Star Comics #8. It was October 25, 1941, and Wonder Woman was born. “As lovely as Aphrodite – as wise as Athena – with the speed of Mercury and the strength of Hercules,” she came into “a world torn by the hatreds and wars of men,” and would become the world’s greatest – and most famous – female superhero. Described by her creator, psychologist William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman was “psychological propaganda for the new type of woman, who should, I believe, rule the world.”
75 years later, she’ll at least get to rule the day – when the UN designates October 21 (the copyright date for All Star Comics #8) “Wonder Woman Day.” As reported by Ilyssa Panitz in a Closer Weekly interview with Lynda Carter, the ceremony will be held on Friday, October 21 in New York City (presumably at UN headquarters) and TV’s Wonder Woman will be there. Carter’s presence makes sense considering her series is also celebrating an anniversary this year – its 40th. But no further details have been reported about the event. The UN hasn’t released any press, nor has DC Comics. But with New York Comic Con underway, we might get more news between now and Sunday.
Until then, here’s more Wonder Woman at the United Nations: