A Step for Representation
At the time Wonder Woman was created there had never been a successful female superhero in comics. Marston sought to change that by creating a character that was just the fantasy of some man but a fully fleshed out character with different aspects to her life. This helps explain why Wonder Woman became popular for both boys and girls. Boys got to see a character that had just as much attention and detail put into her as Batman and Superman which made for an interesting story. Girls got to see someone that reminded them of themselves, someone who could fight and fall in love and feel a full range of emotions unlike most other women in comics at the time. To most people today the fact that readers want to be able to relate to characters seems like common sense but for some reason the comic book industry still has trouble recognizing that fact. Wonder Woman though was the first step in making people realize that there can be more to a female character than her looks. She was a leader, a fighter, a woman, and none of these character traits took away from any of the others. If anything these traits all added to each other and served to make a layered character that would last through comic book history. This step with Wonder Woman led to others even though it has been slow going. Now though women in comics are allowed to have their own stories and represent a wider range of woman than what Wonder Woman was originally meant for. There are teenagers, women of color, and women who have different sexualities all because someone decided to take a chance on Wonder Woman.
Moulton, Charles. Wonder Woman. All Star Comics, Sensation Comics.