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Amazon feminism is a branch of feminism that emphasizes female physical prowess as a means to achieve the goal of gender equality. Adherents are dedicated to the image of the female hero in fiction and in fact, as expressed in the physiques and feats of female athletes, martial artists and other powerfully built women in society, art and literature.

Historical criticism may hope to uncover more examples of Amazon feminism in the pre-1990s literature. An obvious example of this is Wonder Woman, who was conceived in the early 1940s and based partially on the Amazons in Greek Mythology.

The origin of the term "Amazon feminism" can be traced to several sources, including Thomas Gramstad.[1] The name itself makes reference to the Amazons, a nation of warrior women from Greek mythology.


  1. Gramstad, Thomas; Mimi Reisel Gladstein and Chris Matthew Sciabarra (eds) (1999). "The Female Hero: A Randian Feminist Synthesis" in Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand, Pennsylvania State University Press.
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