ms. steinem & friend

Today's Pop Culture Nostalgia Tour takes us way back to 1972, when Wonder Woman graced the premier cover of Ms. magazine. The banner headline read: Wonder Woman for President. Gloria Steinem wrote one of the cover stories for the same issue, "Women Voters Can't Be Trusted."

In the article, Steinem refuted many assumptions that men in politics made about women voters, including the following: [women] consider politics a male province, and so are less likely to get into the process, to form political opinions, or to vote at all; black women are less concerned than white women with issues of sex discrimination, and more turned off by the Women's Liberation Movement as a whole; women are more conservative than men, and possibly even more violent and vengeful ("the real haters," as Richard Nixon once put it).


Ms. Steinem went on to quote pollster Louis Harris who summarized findings from two (recent-at-the-time) studies of women voters. "Women are voting differently from men," Mr. Harris said. "They are more inclined now to vote and to become active not only for their own self-interest, but for the interest of society, the world, and most of all, out of compassion for humanity."

Even if Wonder Woman didn't or wouldn't get your vote (what's wrong with you?), you gotta admit, her 1970s TV theme song wins the Awesomest-Lyric-of-Ever Award, hands down. I mean, you just can't
beat this:

"Wonder Woman" by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox

Wonder Woman!
Wonder Woman!

All the world is waiting for you,
And the power you possess.
In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights,
And the old Red, White and Blue.

Wonder Woman!
Wonder Woman!

Now the world is ready for you,
And the wonders you can do.
Make a hawk a dove,
Stop a war with love,
Make a liar tell the truth.

Wonder Woman!
Get us out from under, Wonder Woman.

All our hopes are pinned on you
And the magic that you do.
Stop a bullet cold,
Make the axis fold,
Change their minds,
And change the world.

Wonder Woman!
Wonder Woman!

You're a wonder, Wonder Woman!

:ms. magazine; © dc comics; © alex ross

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