Faith and Prayer

Wonder Woman and the Wonder of Women

While most of the world hails the blockbuster movie, Wonder Woman, as a new box-office record for a film directed by a woman, the devoted mother who starred in the movie and who was five months pregnant while filming parts of it is a stark reminder to all of us that embracing authentic femininity can put the heroine in all of us.

According to NPR, Wonder Woman raked in more than $100 million domestically on its opening weekend which shatters the record of $85.1 million set by female director Sam Taylor-Johnson of Fifty Shades of Grey.

But that benchmark pales in comparison to the real story of Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, a former Miss Israel and Israeli Defense Forces veteran who actually filmed parts of the movie while five months pregnant with her second child.

As she told Entertainment Weekly, her baby bump was quite conspicuous when she was…

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About the Author

Susan Brinkmann

Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., author and award winning journalist is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She is the staff journalist for Women of GraceĀ® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's Women of GraceĀ® television show. She formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In addition to two historical fiction novels published by HarperCollins, she is also the author of a book on Carmelite prayer, "Lord Teach Us to Pray," published by The Catholic Standard and Times. Her book, "The Kinsey Corruption," which details the fraudulent research of Alfred C. Kinsey was published by Ascension Press. Susan also published "The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age?" with Simon Peter Press which has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She recently published the story of her conversion entitled, "We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl," published by Liguori Publications. Her most recent publication, which she co-authored with Johnnette Benkovic, is the "Young Women of Grace Study Program" which teaches girls ages 13-17 about what it means to be authentically feminine. Her national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O'Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services, and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Philadelphia Press Association.