Movie companies keep pushing back the release dates of their potential blockbusters hoping to maximize box office receipts when more theaters should be open. On deck is Wonder Woman 1984 now slated for a Christmas release. The original in this latest incarnation of the franchise grossed over 800 million worldwide. Israeli actress, Gal Godot, returns as Diana Prince, superhero and warrior.
But, what about the real warriors and everyday heroes the real wonder women?
First in mind, of course , is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film, On the Basis of Sex chronicles her early life and her journey through law school as well as her groundbreaking case indicating that gender discrimination is a violation of the constitution. The documentary The Notorious RBG tells the story of her rise to the highest court while becoming a surprise pop culture icon. Both films will be re-released and proceeds donated to the ACLU’s Women’s Right Project.
Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich who despite a limited education in law was instrumental in bringing a successful lawsuit against PG&E. The case revolved around a cancer causing chemical that was discharged in ponds surrounding a small town in southern California. The substance percolated into the ground water causing unusual illnesses. Erin continues to be an environmental activist and has even spoken in Santa Rosa.
Karen Silkwood was also a whistle-blower. In the film Silkwood, Meryl Streep plays the title role. Karen was working class, a segment of society not always celebrated on celluloid. Working in a plant that handled plutonium, she became aware of dangerous safety violations. She was about to divulge her findings to the New York Times when she died in an automobile accident under very mysterious circumstances.
When three African-American women were working in the male dominated field at NASA, they had to struggle with not only misogyny but racism as well. The trio were dubbed “human computers” and helped us get to the moon. Their journey is detailed in Hidden Figures. Taranji B. Henson stars as protagonist, Katherine Johnson. She died in February of this year at 101 after receiving the Presidential Medal of Honor.
In Radioactive, Rosamund Pike assumes the title role of Polish immigrant Marie Curie who became an eminent Parisian physicist and chemist Based on a graphic novel, the story traces Marie’s working relationship with her husband and her Nobel Prize winning achievements having discovered radium and polonium. The film flashes forward to show the good achieved by her discoveries, medical advances, and the lamentable, the atomic bomb.
All these real wonder women had children. How did they find time to be so Wonderful?
Diane McCurdy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Diane was born in Santa Rosa, has a BA from SF State and an MA from SSU in English Literature and several teaching credentials, two grown children and three cats. Diane has a lifelong interest in film, thus her DVD reviews on a broad spectrum of films. Clearly, this interest in creative imagination extends to the printed page and book reviews for those who love to read.