Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston, husband of 1915 Mount Holyoke College graduate Elizabeth Holloway Marston. She was a bit of a wonder woman herself, earning three degrees and pursuing a career as a psychologist when these things were rare achievements for women. The New York Times reported that it was Elizabeth who told her husband that the superhero he was thinking about creating “better be female.”
Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she also has a secret history. The Secret History of Wonder Woman, a work of historical detection about the most popular female superhero of all time, reveals both a fascinating family story and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism.
A reading will take place on November 19 in Clapp Hall’s Hooker Auditorium at 7 pm, cosponsored by the Mount Holyoke Department of History.