These kindergarteners are going to change the world
Wonder Woman is a bonafide hit: after its second weekend in theaters, it crossed the $200 million line, earning a total of $263.7 million domestically. Some of that money has come from parents taking children of all ages, both boys and girls, to see the superhero action flick.
But has the movie had any effect on kids? One kindergarten teacher made a list of what she saw in her classroom in the week after the movie’s release and it ended up getting sent to the director, who shared it on Twitter. It will make you laugh, cry, and grab your closest spear (A.K.A. your kid’s Thomas the Train umbrella, which is still deadly in your skilled female hands.)
In a tweet she posted yesterday, Wonder Woman director Patti Jenkins wrote: “My producer just sent me this…ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! This makes every hard day worth it. Thank you to whomever wrote it!!”
My producer just sent me this… ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! This makes every hard day worth it. Thank you to whomever wrote it!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/3DzIaMueIh
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 11, 2017
For those of you who don’t have Super Vision, here is what the list says:
“I work at a kindergarten and this is a collection of cute Wonder Woman related things that happened within a week of the movie being released.
- On Monday, a boy who was obsessed with Iron Man told me he had asked his parents for a new Wonder Woman lunchbox.
- A little girl said ‘When I grow up I want to speak hundreds of languages like Diana’
- This girl had her parents revamp her Beauty and the Beast birthday party in THREE DAYS because she simply had to have a Wonder Woman party.
- Seven girls playing together during recess on Tuesday, saying that since they all wanted to be Wonder Woman they had agreed to be Amazons and not fight but work together to defeat evil.
- There is one girl that refuses to listen to you unless you address her as Wonder Woman.
- Another girl very seriously asked the teacher if she could ditch her uniform for the Wonder Woman armor bc [sic] she ‘wanted to be ready if she needed to save the world.’ The teacher laughed and said it was okay, and the next day the girl came dressed as Wonder Woman and not a single kid batted an eye.
- They are making a wrap-up dance show, and they asked the teacher if they could come as superheroes, they are going to sing a song about bunnies.
- This kid got angry and thew a plastic car over his head and a girl gasped ‘LIKE IN THE MOVIE’
- A boy threw his candy wrapping on the floor and a 5-year-old girl screamed ‘DON’T POLLUTE YOU IDIOT, THAT IS WHY THERE ARE NO MEN IN TEMYSCIRA [sic]’
- On Wednesday, a girl came with a printed list of every single female superhero and her powers, to avoid any trouble when deciding roles at recess.
- I was talking to one of the girls that hadn’t seen the movie, and the next day she came and very seriously told me ‘you were right, Wonder Woman was way better than Frozen.’
Consider this your friendly reminder that if this movie completely changed the way these girls and boys thought about themselves and the world in a week, imagine what the next generation will achieve if we give them more movies like Wonder Woman.”
This list is incredible, and we’re sure this kind of thing is being seen in schools and homes across the country. It makes us want to weep reading about little girls who now, thanks to this movie, see “warrior” as a female character trait. The fact that little boys, who not too long ago would have been shamed out of seeing this movie let alone been allowed to buy a Wonder Woman lunch box, are also allowed to openly admire this character is — and we don’t say this lightly — life-changing.
We love the little girl who won’t answer anyone unless they address her as Wonder Woman, and adore the one who printed out a list of all of the female superheroes and their powers to use at recess. Of course, our favorite item on the list is this one: “A boy threw his candy wrapping on the floor and a 5-year-old girl screamed ‘DON’T POLLUTE YOU IDIOT, THAT IS WHY THERE ARE NO MEN IN TEMYSCIRA [sic]!'” Yes, girl. That is why there are no men on Themyscira. There are also a hundred other reasons but we’ll talk to you about that when you’re a little older.
Thank you, Wonder Woman! And thanks to everyone who has seen it with their children — due to its success, this won’t be the last female superhero movie we’ll see, and that changes the media landscape for our kids in a deeply important way.