The graphic novel, curated by bestselling author and YA icon Laurie Halse Anderson, is a compilation of 17 stories from women and non-binary authors that all examine how various women went above and beyond in their respective career fields.
The book’s title is a play on the famous DC comic super-heroine Wonder Woman and highlights real women who bring the spirit of the Amazon warrior to life.
“The anthology will present tales of real-world heroes who take up Wonder Woman’s iconic mantle and work in the fields of science, social justice activism, politics, and more,” reads a statement from DC Comics.
The collection of stories focuses on the impacts of the “Black Is King” creator, the “Dirty Computer” singer, and the tennis champion, among a list of other equally impressive and impactful women.
Other notable women highlighted in the novel include politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, and Olympic medalist Dominique Dawes, Parkland shooting survivor and gun control advocate Emma Gonzalez, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The project leader Anderson hopes that younger generations will be inspired by the stories shared by and about women who have made a difference from around the world, and across a variety of career fields.
“Our kids are hungry for examples of women and girls who have fought against oppressive systems to make the world a better place,” she said. “The incredible writers and artists in this anthology have created a masterpiece filled with those examples. Our book will inspire and strengthen every reader who picks it up!”
Black creatives who worked on the project will be among those spotlighted for their contributions to the book’s writing and illustration. A few notable names include Mikki Kendall, Ashley A. Woods, Danielle Paige, Safiya Zerrougui, and Bex Glendining.
“Wonder Women of History” goes on sale on Dec. 1, 2020 and is available for pre-order now.