Gal Gadot’s 'Wonder Woman' Scholarship Speech Emphasizes That All Superheros Don’t Wear Capes — VIDEO
In an effort to support the aspirations of women in education, Gal Gadot presented a Wonder Woman scholarship to a well-deserving candidate who will receive a four-year full-ride to Loyola Marymount University, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The event signals another defining moment of the actor's dedication to serving as an inspiration of young women.
On the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 6, Gadot took the stage at The Hollywood Reporter's 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast to present the first-ever Wonder Woman award from Warner Bros. Addressing the crowd about the importance of the supporting the leaders of tomorrow, Gadot explained,
"I’ve had the privilege of portraying a superhero onscreen, but the young women here today are the real superheroes. They’ve overcome so many challenges in their lives, and they’re driven to do more. They’re the true leaders of tomorrow."
The studio's first-time award was bestowed upon a young woman named Carla, who Gadot indicated would not be able to continue attending the university without the help of financial assistance. Amidst her speech, Gadot praised Carla's tenacity and work ethic, while reminding the audience that the moving story is one that has become all too familiar. Per Huffington Post, she continued,
"She’s strong-minded, opinionated, and gutsy. She wants to be a screenwriter, and she’s already impressed everyone who knows her — her fellow mentees, her professors, and everyone in this room who’s met her. But she won’t be able to continue at LMU without this funding. Similar to many other great young women in this program, her education is hanging by a thread."
The award apparently came as a complete surprise to its recipient who took the stage, bringing Gadot and the rest of the audience to the brink of emotion by sharing a quote from Frida Kahlo, "Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" the student questioned, while explaining that she was lucky to "be told from a young age that I have wings."
The entire ceremony, which was centered around the empowerment of women, placed emphasis on uplifting and building a society of strong and powerful women across the world. In addition to this award, three other scholarships were presented to women at LMU by Justin Timberlake, according to THR. Both Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Pascal were honored at the event with reports indicating that Sarah Silverman served as the ceremony's opener while Angelina Jolie took on the role of the morning's keynote speaker.
The show of support amongst women in the entertainment industry has become a crucial element, now more than ever, in light of the increasing number of sexual assault allegations, which have been lodged against powerful men in Hollywood in recent months. And although the enduring abuse and discrimination against women is, by no means, a new concept for the many who have suffered through a lifetime of inequity and injustice, the recent revolution of whistle-blowers, supporters, and game changers has seemed to help to strengthen the relationships that women have with one another.
It's a movement to which Gadot has seemingly dedicated her voice as an entertainer, ever since breaking into the mainstream spotlight with her portrayal of Wonder Woman. She once told Rolling Stone:
"People always ask me, 'Are you a feminist?' And I find the question surprising, because I think, 'Yes, of course. Every woman, every man, everyone should be a feminist. Because whoever is not a feminist is a sexist.'"
The commitment to uplifting and promoting the success of women has become an imperative issue that everyone must get involved in, so that our next generation does not have to suffer any longer. Thanks to "wonder women" like Gadot and Carla, change is on the horizon.