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The U.N. names Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, the groundbreaking DC Comics superhero who’s finally gotten her own movie (premiering in 2017). As befits the occasion, the Amazon has received various accolades throughout 2016, including a new origin story as part of DC’s Rebirth, and a series of Forever stamps emblazoned with her image. And Comic Book Resources reports that the feminist icon will receive an even greater honor later this month when the United Nations names Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador.

The U.N. recognizes that Wonder Woman has been a symbol of strength for young girls and women—she was inspired, in part, by suffragists—for decades, and since she’s served as a kind of ambassador for Themyscira in the comics, the move just made sense. So, on October 21, the character will be appointed an Honorary Ambassador For The Empowerment Of Women And Girls in a ceremony to be held at the U.N.’s New York headquarters. Diana’s appointment is part of a global campaign in support of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal #5, which is to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” The announcement promises surprise guests as well, which hopefully means we’ll see Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter hanging out.


[via The Verge]