Wonder Woman Is No Longer an United Nation Ambassador

Less than two months that the United Nations named Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador, the organization has ended its campaign, which was intended to run through 2017, with the DC Comics superhero.

Though no reason was given, a U.N. spokesman confirmed the news to Reuters and noted that past campaigns featuring fictional characters often lasted no longer than a few months.

Wonder Woman was initially announced as an ambassador this October to promote gender equality and empower women and girls around the world. A statement from the United Nations’ official website read, “The campaign is about women and girls everywhere, who are wonder women in their own right, and the men and boys who support their struggle for gender equality, bringing about positive change in their homes, workplace, communities, countries and the world together.”

However, after the announcement of the campaign in October, many criticized the U.N. for choosing “an overtly sexualized” character instead of a real-life role model. Almost 45,000 people signed a petition asking the U.N. to reconsider the campaign, stating that Wonder Woman was “not culturally encompassing or sensitive” enough to be a figurehead.

Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot, who both portrayed the fictional Amazonian onscreen, attended a U.N. ceremony this fall celebrating the famed crime-fighter.

“In some magical and mystical way, there lies within each of us Wonder Woman,” Carter said at the time. “She is real. She lives and she breathes. I know this because she lives in me, and she lives in the stories that these women tell me, day in and day out. I see it in the letters and in the stories. I read it on social media. I see it in the tears that fall from the eyes of the women who say it saved them from some awful thing that they endured — because they saw that they could do something great.”

“In some magical and mystical way, there lies within each of us Wonder Woman,” Carter told the audience at the time. “She is real. She lives and she breathes. I know this because she lives in me, and she lives in the stories that these women tell me, day in and day out. I see it in the letters and in the stories. I read it on social media. I see it in the tears that fall from the eyes of the women who say it saved them from some awful thing that they endured — because they saw that they could do something great.”

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