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Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Talk about Wonder Woman Empowering Girls

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My daughter and I were invited by Warner Brothers to an exclusive behind the scenes meet and greet with Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, and the woman who created the magic, Director Patty Jenkins. When we entered the sound stage, before us was a room filled with bean bags for the younger ladies and chairs for their mamas.  

All the girls, dressed in their Wonder Woman gear were patiently seated, wide-eyed and smiling. As we waited for the dynamic duo to enter the room, mothers and daughters talked about the film. We all agreed that we had grown up loving Wonder Woman and how we were so thrilled that our heroine had reappeared. The joy we felt for the Wonder Woman of our generation was the same that our daughter’s felt for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and we couldn’t wait to meet her. 

When she entered the room, the sounds of glee coming from our daughters was priceless. She had forged a special place into their hearts, just like Wonder Woman did for our generation. I looked around the room, and saw all the beaming faces of the little girls, and knew that this meet and greet was unlike any other I had experienced. 

As each person asked their question, I came to realize that the common theme was the impact of strong women.  Having a female director take the lead on such a strong female character was what made the film so unique. 

  

Director, Patty Jenkins knew the impact of the movie would inspire children to strive to be strong, smart, and kind. Gal Gadot shared with us that when growing up, she would go and watch Superman or Batman Save The Day and that there wasn’t a role model for her to look up to – it made me think about my own child and what she views on the big screen.  

We live in a society filled with strong single mothers, strong working mothers, and strong stay-at-home mothers which our children see every day. Growing up living with strong women, these children don’t realize the impact being a strong woman has and how much of an impact women make in the world. Having an icon like Wonder Woman is important so that girls realize that it’s not just a man’s world, that girls can also be part of the change and fight for good. They don’t need to be the pretty woman in the background or the damsel in distress.  They can be the force that brings peace by using their minds, their physical strength as well as their soul. 

Talking about strengthening, the Amazon warriors were incredible. Patty searched for a broad range of strong women with extraordinary talents, but needed them to all be in sync and uniform. To achieve this, they had a special warrior boot camp that taught the cast of ladies how to fight, how to ride a horse, and how to fight while on a horse.  While going through this intense process, the ladies all became really tight and great friends, a true sisterhood. 

It was wonderful having the opportunity to learn about the process of making the movie and the outcome being something so very special for girls young and old. Wonder Woman will open in theaters on June 2nd. Prepare for battle. Get your #WonderWoman tickets today: http://bit.ly/wonderwomantix.

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I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on facebook.com/photosbynaz.
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