Wonder Woman Says Motherhood is Way More Empowering than Being a Superhero
Like most of the world, I have a not-so-secret crush on Gal Gadot. And sure, she plays a literal Wonder Woman, which is awesome in and of itself, but the real Wonder Woman behind the scenes is pretty impressive too. I am so intrigued by the real Wonder Woman, from her past in the military to how she combines work and motherhood, to how she seems to exude strength, grace, and charm.
I think I look up to Gadot a lot, because we are about the same age–I will turn 32 next year and although that's precisely where our similarities end, as I am definitely not in superhero shape and do not grace covers of magazines with my beauty, I admire how she has been a quiet pillar of strength for the next generation of girls in a graceful way. There are so many ways to make a difference and for Gadot, simply being an example of kicking serious butt in the world has been a wonderful example for my own daughters.
I took my oldest daughter to see “Wonder Woman” and she instantly fell in love with the movie and the girl power it portrayed. Since, then she has been obsessed with finding other strong female characters. She wrote the author of the “I Survived” series, a popular book series, wondering why there was only one female character, she rented out a book of history on the First Ladies from the library, fascinated by how Martha Stewart Washington was actually the one with all the power and money in that relationship, and she requested to be Amelia Earhart for Halloween.
Girl is loving her some girl power and as her mom, I am loving Gal Gadot for getting it started.
After all of her success in Wonder Woman, Gadot went on to film the Justice League, which features more (male, of course) superheroes and lots more fighting and action scenes. But all of that fighting–and in a super-tight corset and skirt, no less–is nothing compared to motherhood, says the real-life Wonder Woman. The real accomplishment in her life, according to Gadot, is giving birth.
“This sounds cheesy too, but I feel like Wonder Woman when I give birth,” she said in an interview. “When you deliver, you feel like you’re a god. Like, ‘Oh my god, I made this’.”
I have to say, I completely agree with her. And the older I get, the more I realize what a freaking miracle growing and delivering a human being actually is. There is so much that could go wrong and women go through it every day, facing the fear and hardship straight-on. Going into labor is definitely like going into a battle and unlike Wonder Woman, we don't have a shield or sword to help us fight the battle. It's just our own inner strength. Which oftentimes, we don't even know exists until we summon it up, in the midst of our exhaustion.
It's easy to forget that Gadot actually is the mother of a pretty young baby. Her daughter, Maya, is only 8 months old and her older daughter, Alma is 5 years old. With kids that young, Gadot is right in the thick of the hard parts of parenting–which she appreciates because she realizes it helps her focus on what really matters.
“There’s nothing like kids to keep you grounded,” she told The Sun. “I can have a sleepless night with a baby with colic and an early wake-up by my five-year-old. Kids don’t know or care about box office records or blockbuster movies. They are like, ‘Yep, you’re Wonder Woman . . . but what’s for dinner?’
Sounds about right. But in the end, Gadot believes in the strength of women and on the days when the kids are fighting non-stop, everyone is sick, and you're feeling too exhausted to even think about taking a shower, we can remember that we are all capable of doing the hard things. Because as Wonder Woman herself said:
“I know this sounds really cheesy but all mums are like Wonder Woman, they really are.”
Amen, Gadot, amen.