Clipped From The Ludington Daily News
AREN'T THEY ALL? Xo doubt it had to come. With women being 1 called in the armed forces, recruited in industry and enlisted in nearly all otlu>r activities which contribute to the war effort, it probably was inevitable that there should be a female counterpart of that greatest of all fictional males, Superman. It was only right that (Superman not be left alone to hog the act in typical male fashion. So now we have Wonder Woman, as courageous and strong as any man, and probably more so. To be sure, the idea is not entirely new. We seem to remember a cartoon character of some years ago by the name of Powerful Katrinka who could brandish a telephone pole as easily as a second lieutenant can swing a swagger stick. If Katrinka still exists, undoubtedly she is being used in the current scrap drive to move courthouse cannons.. But Wonder Woman is not like Katrinka. She is a Katrinka with brains, possessing not merely brute strength. but a subtle kind of strength that is mental as well as physical. It is a type of all-pervading power knowing no limits, and'that isn't as fictional as it might sound, for how expanding is the role of women in the rapidly shifting world before us. Today there is even .a Wonder Woman magazine. While we have never seen it, its publishers send us the results of a questionnaire recently conducted to determine who are the wonder women of history. The lii nominations heading the list are these, in order named: .Madame Curie, Jane Axldanis, Joan of AIT:, Amelia Earhart, Queen Elizabeth, Madame Chiang Kai-Khek, Helen Keller, Queen Victoria, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan R. Anthony, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Sister Kenny. It is a good list, unquestionably, but with two exceptions the nominations are exclusively from the graduating class of the 19th and L'Oth centuries. Surely there were wonder women befone that time, lots .of them. For example, Catherine the (ireat of Russia, Ruth of Biblical days, Cleopatra in her own jiecnliar way and that famed Cornelia, who was the first to refer to her eons as her jewels, without even smiling as she sa,id it, and in whose honor the Romans therefore erected a statue. Rut vlfaf's in a"list? Wonder women indeed. Aren't thev all?