Film explores the untold story of America’s heroines

Apr 11, 2013

On Monday night, PBS is airing the documentary, Wonder Women: the Untold Story of America’s Heroines.  The film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect something more subtle, that is: society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. It features TV stars Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), along with Gloria Steinem and others talking about feminism through a pop culture lens. Bay Area documentary filmmaker Kristy Guevera-Flanagan made the film. She spoke with KALW contributor Kevin Robinson, who runs the website Medium Rare.

KEVIN ROBINSON: In the film you talk about the role of women in comic books, in society... 

KRISTY GUEVERA-FLANAGAN: [Wonder Woman] comes from this matriarchal society where women are equal in all ranks. The whole mythology revolves around her.  She's not a sidekick, or daughter or love interest.  And that's still really radical for today's representations.

Click the player above to listen to the complete interview.

This interview originally aired on October 10, 2012.