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It’s a big day for DC Entertainment’s Wonder Woman. Not only is the character celebrating her 75th birthday on Friday, but she’s doing so by becoming the United Nations’ first Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls in a special ceremony attended by actresses Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter, who have portrayed the comic book heroine.
The ceremony unveiled a yearlong campaign in which Wonder Woman will be used to raise awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal No. 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women as an essential part of creating a peaceful and prosperous world.
Carter recalled being cast more than 40 years ago to star on the TV show Wonder Woman.
“This was a momentous thing, because at the time there were very few people holding their own shows on television. They didn’t think a woman could hold a television show,” she said.
The actress called on men around the world to stand up for women’s equality.
“We need the good men of the world. We love you. We bore you. Don’t forget it,” said Carter.
Gadot then took the stage, praising Carter and declaring that the actress should be President of the United States.
“Sometimes we need something or someone to inspire to. To help inform our choices and set an example,” said the film actress. “That example can be a superhero like Wonder Woman or a real-life superhero in your own world. She can inspire us to be more, to demand more and to do more, and that’s inspiration for everyone.”
Also appearing during the ceremony were UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson, who will explain more about how Wonder Woman fits into the ongoing UN campaign.
The event was live-streamed as part of a day of Wonder Woman-themed online broadcasts, which will include a Twitter Q&A and separate Facebook Live session with Gadot and writer-director Patty Jenkins, as well as a second Facebook Live session with Carter talking about her upcoming role on The CW’s Supergirl.
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