Modern Day Wonder Woman of History

One of my favorite concept pages here at Comic Vine is the Wonder Women of History page. Its a page dedicated to a back up feature from Golden Age Wonder Woman comics. The feature would basically give you a rough retelling of the lives of influential and inspirational woman from the past, who stood out in someway that should be remembered and celebrated. (examples being Caroline Herschel, Annie Jump Cannon, and Nellie Bly) The reason I like this feature is because I am a fan of unsung heroes and a fan of people who practice humility, and self sacrifice, those who are driven to make things better for others, those who who aren't complacent, those who do not settle, those who inspire and seek truth. It was a really cool feature, it almost makes me wish the modern day Wonder Woman comics could have such a feature. Not necessarily just for woman now either. Wait, what am I talking about, no such feature will be reintroduced anyway. I just wanted to address a point though, because I liked this feature in old Wonder Woman comics, but inspirational and heroic people never stopped existing and many continue to break barriers and instigate change, I thought it might be nice to create a thread asking what modern day woman deserve a comic style back up feature? I'll admit I wish I was an expert in this area, but I am fairly ignorant. When I was younger, the books I had access to? Really only male figures (Henry Cavendish, Kurt Gödel) stood out to me. As in the books I read had more space devoted to them. So later I do plan on writing my own blog for them later. With that context in mind, I am creating this blog more in mind for modern day females who may be unsung and under recognized. If you wish, feel free to join in. You may use your own criteria, and feel free to browse the Comic Vine concept page for inspiration. Here are my own personal (read subjective) picks that I would like to see appear in comic form.  Do you have any?
 

Zainab Salbi    

Zainab Salbi
Born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1970, Zainab is the co founder of Women for Women International. This organization is an advocating for women's rights. Its a very hands on approach, and their goal is help women, help woman, help woman achieve independence and self-sufficiency, by steering them to the right jobs, education. Women for Women distributed $9.3 million in aid to 30,000 women in 2005 alone. It is estimated to have helped assisted more than 243,000 women, and in ways those women in turn have been able to help others. As a child, due to who her father was, Salbi, witnessed and experienced psychological abuse under Saddam Hussein. Her first hand experience, motivating her to want the world to be a better place, particularly for women in war worldwide. She has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Women's Studies as well as a Master's degree in Development Studies. One simple exercise to illustrate how Salbi helps women help themselves is just take a bunch of them, in war stricken countries, the women who are isolated and just getting them to met each other and form connections. Many such woman have been raped and have lost children and husbands, and just let them know that they have futures and that they can have purpose. Her contributions have earned her several awards including Harper's Bazaar 21st Century Heroine (nominated by Bill Clinton) and the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award. She is an author of two books - Between Two Worlds Escape from Tyranny: Growing up in the Shadow of Saddam, and The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope.
       
 
 

Jodie Williams 

Born in Vermont, United States October 9, 1950, a teacher, outspoken peace activist, and aid worker, she is also a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to her in 1997. Educated at various schools though out her life, including the University of Vermont,  School for International Training and Johns Hopkins University, one of her first ventures into aid and charity work being the Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project. Later on she was appointed the deputy director of Medical Aid for El Salvador. Jody played a significant role in 1997's Ottawa Treaty/Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, an international treaty that involved ceasing the production and development of anti-personnel mines, among other things. She is a joint founder of the The Nobel Women's Initiative. Her co founders, also woman, and Nobel Prize  Laureates each represent North America and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and its goal is the support of woman's rights around the world as needed. Williams is also considered a pioneer in Mass collaboration Aid. Essentially meaning, that with today's technology, its even easier to get small groups of people connected to unite for a shared goal/project to help achieve said goal faster. In her words " Imagine trying to get hundreds of organizations – each one independent and working on many, many issues – to feel that each is a critical element of the development of a new movement. I wanted each to feel that what they had to say about campaign planning, thinking, programs, actions was important ." In 2004 she was listed as of the 100 most powerful women in thew world. Currently she is a distinguished professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  

Rachel Carson 

Rachel Carson
Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S. in May 27, 1907, she was a scientist, ecologist, writer, environmentalist, and marine biologist. When her father passed away she 1935, supported and lived with her mother, and in order to do so well, she turned writing magazine science pieces, and even compiled those articles into a book, Under the Seawind, where she extolls the wonders of the sea. It spent 86 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, and opened up the eyes of an entire generation. Her book Silent Spring, warning and discussing the risks and dangers of toxic chemicals and pesticides and herbicides caught the attention of John F. Kennedy, thus leading to the US Senate to launch investigations. This book also impacted on popular culture and general perceptions, helping to spark the environmental movement. It however created several enemies for her as well from large chemical corporations and companies. She passed away in April 14, 1964. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously, among many, many other honors. Her significant cultural influence and inspiration is broad as well, with many honors being named after her, such as Norway's  Rachel Carson Prize, awarded to women who excel/contribute in environmental protection. Society for Social Studies of Science, awards annually the Rachel Carson Book Prize for authors whose work is especially socially and politically relevant in the fields of science and technology. Two quotes attributed to her " The control of nature is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man" and "One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, 'What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'”
 

Audrey Hepburn

Born in Ixelles, Belgium on the 4 May 1929, noted and famous actress and fashion icon (American Film Institute 100 Years...100 Stars, lists her as the third greatest screen legend of American cinema) she was much much, more, and gave a lot more to mankind, with her humanitarian actions, and efforts and her philanthropy. She was a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work, among other honors. Both during and after a successful film, and fashion career she increasing gave more of her time, earnings and effort to aid, increase awareness and support in such places as the slums of Africa, South America and Asia. Naturally bright and well educated, small things like her fluency in Dutch,  French, Italian, Spanish, and German languages. Her first work for UNICEF began in the 1950s with humble radio and TV spots. By 1988 she participated in her first field mission, it was to an orphanage in Mek'ele, Ethiopia. She was devastated and heartbroken by what she witnessed. She is quoted as saying "The 'Third World' is a term I don't like very much, because we're all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering" she participated in Operation Lifeline, and various other aid missions and tasks in places such as Vietnam, Sudan and Somalia.
  
I also sort of wanted to highlight and think would be cool to see Chloe Bruce (martial artist), Herta Müller, Lara Logan (news journalist), Arundhati Roy (writer), Lady Gaga (music aside, she is one person right now, that actually plays a huge role in making many youth/teenagers a bit more accepting of themselves) among others as well. Lots of interesting people who might be underrated, under appreciated really. Also I must and would like to say thank you to three CV posters in particular who also helped me with my blog/suggesting worthy, inspirational woman, rather fittingly all three CV people being pretty inspirational themselves. 
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Posted by thehummingbird

I love the concept behind this blog and it is very well written. I am really glad you included Audrey Hepburn I think many people constantly undermine the work she truly does versus her acting and such, People need to have these people brought attention to them, because they all deserve recognition and gratitude from the world they have done so much for.

Posted by The Poet

This is such a nice idea! I'll try to come back when i think of a good person...

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Posted by aztek_the_lost

can you be a modern day Wonder Woman of history?

it is a cool concept though and I approve of it being used to highlight more recent Wonder Women, although shamefully I probably couldn't think of any myself although my list of women (or men) that I admire would be extremely short so that may be why

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Posted by B'Town

Yesterday I saw the link to the Wonder Women of History page posted in Sara's status and visited the page. By the time I had made it through, I was misty eyed, I had tried to place myself in the shoes of the young girl of that era reading about these astounding women who made a difference in the world... everyone who breathes should have something great to aspire to and witnessing the greatness in others gives us that strength. I want to thank you for your work in helping to create that page and for highlighting it and these positive influences, of modern day women here, with this blog.

Is it a wonder that most of the modern women I can think of are American Celebrities? Hmm. I will have to think harder... but I am going to name them anyways. These are the women I can name off the top of my head whose work has had a direct impact on how I view and interact with the world.

Anjelia Jolie - She has stepped into a role as Audrey Hepburn did with the UNHCR and in doing so opened my eyes as to the dire needs throughout the world.

Lady Gaga - For her continuous message and support to young and old alike to stand-up and embrace ourselves and each other, for who we are.

Hilary Clinton - Her presidential run though she lost, was successful... for many women who finally DO believe a woman will in our lifetime become president of the United States.

Gerldine Ferraro - Paved the way for all American women to aspire, higher in American Society.

You constantly rock my world, Sean. :) And I am reminded, each day I witness your work and speak in friendship, again why this world is absolutely a beautiful and wonderful place.

Posted by Billy Batson

Mother Teresa? Mata Amritanandamayi? No? Okay.
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Posted by cosmo111687

I love this idea so much.

I would like to nominate:

Mother Teresa - Indian nun and humanitarian.

Jane Goodall - British primatologist and environmentalist.

Dian Fossey - American primatologist and animal rights activist.

Frida Kahlo - 20th Century Mexican painter and social activist.

Georgia O'Keeffe - 20th Century American painter.

Virginia Woolf - 19th and 20th Century English novelist, famous for Mrs. Dalloway.

Margaret Atwood - 20th Century Canadian novelist, famous for The Handmaid's Tale.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) - 20th Century Indigenous Australian poet.

Gwendolyn Brooks - 20th Century American poet.

Posted by SC
@B'Town said:

Anjelia Jolie - She has stepped into a role as Audrey Hepburn did with the UNHCR and in doing so opened my eyes as to the dire needs throughout the world.

Lady Gaga - For her continuous message and support to young and old alike to stand-up and embrace ourselves and each other, for who we are.

Hilary Clinton - Her presidential run though she lost, was successful... for many women who finally DO believe a woman will in our lifetime become president of the United States.

Gerldine Ferraro - Paved the way for all American women to aspire, higher in American Society.

 
Ohh, those are great choices B'Town! I agree as well strongly. Very nice, thank you. I know what you mean about being misty eyed reading though, there are a lot of really beautiful, inspirational, tragic, emotional stories with so many of those woman talked about in those stories. Even when I was researching them to do their CV wiki pages, the obstacles and difficulties they faced and overcame. I am really glad I was involved in this.  
 
RazzaTazz is the one that did the heavy bulk of the work though and came up with the concept as well, all praise and thanks should be directed at her, *smile* I just decided to do this blog because I felt the Wonder Women of History page and Concept was coincidentally underutilized and under celebrated. So it means a lot to see such good nominations from people such as yourself, thank you. Oh and thank you for the other kind words as well *red* 
 
 
@cosmo111687 said:

I love this idea so much.

I would like to nominate:

Mother Teresa - Indian nun and humanitarian.

Jane Goodall - British primatologist and environmentalist.

Dian Fossey - American primatologist and animal rights activist.

Frida Kahlo - 20th Century Mexican painter and social activist.

Georgia O'Keeffe - 20th Century American painter.

Virginia Woolf - 19th and 20th Century English novelist, famous for Mrs. Dalloway.

Margaret Atwood - 20th Century Canadian novelist, famous for The Handmaid's Tale.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) - 20th Century Indigenous Australian poet.

Gwendolyn Brooks - 20th Century American poet.

 
Oh, thats a beautiful list! Great nominations!! Especially, especially Dian Fossey. I mean, on a personal level, I love her story and really hope that she and her work is not forgotten. Thank you for a well thought out list. Also thank you for posting.  
 
@The Poet said:

This is such a nice idea! I'll try to come back when i think of a good person...

 
Thank you Poet! 
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Posted by Billy Batson

Wangari Maathai?
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Posted by SC
@Billy Batson said:

Wangari Maathai?
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Excellent choice Billy  Batson, also really sad, her passing as well, far too young.  I was going to include her in my first post originally. 
 
Mother Teresa and Mata Amritanandamayi are good choices too thank you! Sorry I did not post thanks earlier. I was going to reply to other replies in thread today too. (after sleep) Thank you again. 
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Posted by RazzaTazz

Mukhtar Mai and Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted by SC
@aztek_the_lost said:

can you be a modern day Wonder Woman of history?

it is a cool concept though and I approve of it being used to highlight more recent Wonder Women, although shamefully I probably couldn't think of any myself although my list of women (or men) that I admire would be extremely short so that may be why

 
I tried, I really tried. I got myself a wig, and dress, and motorbike, and all the other Modern Day Wonder Women of History Welcomed me with open arms. After the fifth fight over the remote (I wanted to watch the Rugby World Cup and they wanted to watch.. I forget) and then after I suggested strip poker, and then after I caused the fire after trying to upgrade the BBQ... just yeah... *red*  
 
Thanks Aztek!! Surely there is some badass female person you know/think of that could count? *grin*  
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Posted by SC
@thehummingbird said:

I love the concept behind this blog and it is very well written. I am really glad you included Audrey Hepburn I think many people constantly undermine the work she truly does versus her acting and such, People need to have these people brought attention to them, because they all deserve recognition and gratitude from the world they have done so much for.

 
Thank you THB! *smile* I really appreciate your post. Babs/Sara deserves credit for recommending Audrey Hepburn to me. Great choice yes?  
 
@RazzaTazz said:
Mukhtar Mai and Aung San Suu Kyi
 
 Awwh, those are amazing choices RazzaTazz!! Thank you. I feel bad for not having thought of them. I recognized their names, but had to remember details. 
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