It may be the Year of the Rooster in China, but here in the States, it’s quickly turning into the Year of the Fierce Young Girl. If you haven’t noticed, there’s a tidal wave of girls (and even boys) wanting to stand up and be strong, and thanks to a new blockbuster movie, they all want to dress up like Wonder Woman and run around saving the world.
Since its early June debut, Wonder Woman has dominated the box office as the No. 1 movie in America — and with good reason: We finally have a relatable female character who can be looked at as a hero. And isn’t it about time?
A certain kindergarten class somewhere in America definitely seems to think so.
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins took to Twitter this week to share a truly heartwarming letter that her producer shared with her. It was penned by an anonymous kindergarten teacher and outlines more than a dozen ways in which the epic adventure of Wonder Woman, starring the incredible Gal Gadot, is influencing the children in her classroom.
“My producer just sent me this … ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!” Jenkins’ tweet begins. “This makes every hard day worth it. Thank you to whomever wrote it!!”
The image attached is a fabulous description of what inspiration looks like to kids.
“On Monday, a boy who was obsessed with Iron Man told me he had asked his parents for a new Wonder Woman lunchbox,” the first line reads. (Um, how cute is that?)
“Another girl very seriously asked the teacher if she could ditch her uniform for the Wonder Woman armor because she ‘wanted to be ready if she needed to save the world,'” the list continues. “The teacher laughed and said it was okay, and the next day the girl came dressed as Wonder Woman and not a single kid batted an eye.” OMG, I love this kid, already.
But the awesomeness of this list goes on and on.
“On Wednesday, a girl came with a printed list of every single female superhero and her powers, to avoid any trouble when deciding roles at recess,” the teacher added. And “there is this one girl who refuses to listen unless you address her as Wonder Woman.” (Sounds like a girl I’d like to meet.)
I’m not the only one falling in love with this tweet. The viral response has been pretty incredible, as it’s already been retweeted nearly 29k times and liked 64k times. Gal Gadot (aka Wonder Woman) even chimed in with a tweet of her own, hinting that there may be another Wonder Woman movie in the works soon enough. (OMG — according to Harpers Bazaar, THERE IS!)
The best part about this movie is that kids get to see that women can take on roles of leadership in a traditionally male-dominated universe — the superhero universe. Wonder Woman is intelligent, kind, dignified, and of course, she kicks major butt. As a mother of three kids, two of whom are boys, it especially warms my heart to see little boys everywhere taking up interest and being inspired by a female hero.
Iron Man is cool and everything, but Wonder Woman? She’s captured our hearts and our imaginations. And I can’t wait to see more of her.