At bedtime last night my girls wanted to know the names of female superheroes and were thrilled to hear me name Wonder Woman. I had little more to add to describing her to them as the last encounter I had with her was a comic book fifty years ago. I looked her up to learn about her origins and superpowers—she was sculpted from clay by her mother Queen Hippolyta of Amazonia and given life by the Greek goddess Athena. Wonder Woman possesses an arsenal of advanced technology, including the Lasso of Truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets and a tiara which serves as a projectile. She has been around since 1941, and late last year the United Nations named Wonder Woman a UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
Moving from the fictional to real life, Wonder Woman has a young girl and her labradoodle Wonder at the center of a unanimous Supreme Court decision yesterday (8-0) defending her right to be accompanied to classes by her service dog. Ehlena (Fry), a 12-year-old with cerebral palsy, necessitating her use of a wheelchair, was denied the company of her dog in the Napoleon School District in Michigan. Ehlena met Elena, as in Justice Elena Kagan who led the cross-examination of the defendants and ruled for Wonder Girl.
Another Wonder Girl shared with my girls is the battle of Sydney Phillips and her family with St. Theresa Catholic School. The small parochial school in Kenilworth, New Jersey, disbanded the girls’ basketball team this year leaving Sydney, a seventh grader, still wanted to play basketball for her school and asked if she could join the boys’ basketball team. She was told no. Making matters worse, when her parents sued, she and her younger sister were expelled from school. A New Jersey Appeals Court judge, Judge Amy O’Connor, reversed a lower court decision and ordered the school to reinstate the Phillip girls followed by a further ruling for Sydney playing for the boys’ basketball team. In her first game, she scored 4 points, grabbed two rebounds and two assists.
No wonder. Girls have role models today, not just a fictional Wonder Woman. They have Wonder Women and Wonder Girls on the benches of basketball courts as well as courts of law—as high as the Supreme Court—sitting on benches once reserved only for boys and men.
These and other great stories are shared in The Male Supremacy Narrative class and point to a new human narrative of equality, a vision of the Kabbalah.