The United Nations has chosen a fictional female icon to be honorary ambassador for gender equality.
DC Comics’ Wonder Woman appeared for the first time in time for Pearl Harbour and went on to become one of the best-loved comics creations, the first super-heroine to get her own title in 1942. It spawned a 1970s TV series and, next year, a big-budget movie.
Actresses Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot attended the launch, as did a group of protesters who say the scantily-clad Amazon queen is an inappropriate role model. Some 1000 people have signed a petition asking UN boss Ban Ki-moon to reconsider.