“Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.” — William Moulton Marston
Despite the inherently mutable nature of long-running superheroes, Wonder Woman, like the rest of the DC trinity (including Batman and Superman), has still managed to find a place in the collective conscious. Wonder Woman’s origin story has been especially mutable, shifted and molded so frequently to fit the time or artist.
“She doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes.”
Wonder Woman has still managed to reach icon status, which isn’t accidental — it’s indicative of the hunger for female-oriented stories, especially coming-of-age tales, that go against the usual depictions of female strength. That it has been heavily criticized, reframed, and rewritten so often isn’t a mark of its failure, but the failure of DC Comics, and perhaps American culture as a whole, to understand and respect female-power fantasies on a larger scale. (source)
“The only hope for civilization is the greater freedom, development and equality of women in all fields of human activity.”– William Moulton Marston