The award, chosen by the Association of National Advertisers, honors women who challenge societal norms and advocate for women on- and off-screen, something Gadot has consistently done through her strong work ethic, representation of a strong woman character, and through a variety of philanthropic efforts. According to the #SeeHer site, Gadot will be the second woman ever to receive this award, following in first recipient Viola Davis' footsteps.
While a seemingly small gesture, the award is so much more than a trophy or plaque Gadot can hang in her home; it's a testament to the resilience and worthiness of hard-working women and non-binary folks everywhere who deserve equal opportunities and pay. Wonder Woman, with the help of Gadot and director Patty Jenkins, changed the entertainment world for the better. The film, the #SeeHer site reports, garnered more than $5 billion worldwide (we're talking record-breaking numbers here, people), making Jenkins the most successful, and highest-paid, woman director.
These successes have forced Hollywood to recognize that women-led stories not only draw people to the box office, but that they also do extremely well. Jenkins broke the glass ceiling in the entertainment industry, proving that marginalized groups — including women, those who are gender non-conforming, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community — are worthy and capable of telling their stories. (We have a few suggestions on who to look out for here.)
It can sometimes take a while for real progress to be made in any industry, but thankfully, Jenkins isn't slowing down. A Wonder Woman sequel is in the works and is set for release in November 2019.