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Hanna Kicks Ass, As Do These Other Fine Ladies

Posted March 24, 2011 to photo album "Hanna Kicks Ass, As Do These Other Fine Ladies"

Hanna may be a teenage girl, but she’s also a take-no-prisoners assassin. The news is she’s not alone in popular culture.

Hanna, and the History of Kick Ass Heroines
Alien and the Start of the Violent Female Action Character
Queen Christina: A Solider for Peace
Wonder Woman to the Rescue
Gun Crazy: a Girl and a Gun
Bat Woman, and Equal Rights for Superheroes
Nancy Drew, the Case of the Girl Detective
Supergirl, a New Super Model
Modesty Blaise, the British Bum-kicker
Coffy: Kick Ass Goes Ghetto
Carrie: Telekinetic Kick Ass Power
Terminator’s Mom
Xena: The Reigning Warrior Princess
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chewing Gum and Kicking Ass at the Same Time
Lara Croft, From Game to Screen
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Kick Ass Poetry
Kill Bill: New Icons or Gender Stereotypes?
The Girl Who…Wanted to Shake Things Up
Hanna, A Creative Response
Wonder Woman to the Rescue

Wonder Woman to the Rescue

Wonder Woman, the first female super hero, appeared in 1941, a time when the world was at war, and women were joining Rosie the Riveter in the war effort. Wonder Woman was the creation of William Moulton Marston, a psychologist and a feminist of a sort. In The American Scholar, Marston wrote at the time: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power…. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”