On this week’s Listening In segment, we take you to Macaulay Honors College where the “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” panel traced the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and looked at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.
The panel, co-presented by Friends of Thirteen, followed a screening of an Independent Lens film of the same name. The film, which aired recently on THIRTEEN, examines the portrayal of women in comics and pop culture through history, and explains how young girls need to see larger-than-life fictional characters (like Wonder Woman) in order to foster desire for high achievement in the future.
This panel event was organized by Sasha Schechter, Community Engagement Coordinator, Friends of Thirteen, Inc. Students of the Macaulay New Media Lab, directed by Albie Hecht, CEO of Worldwide Biggies, worked with Friends of Thirteen, Inc. and WNET staff to promote and film the panel. Special thanks to the New Media Lab student volunteers: Peace Chung, Shanika Powell, Samantha Riddell, Jensen Rong, Cheyn Shah, and Olaf Woldan.