Wonder Woman inspires a generation...
It was like watching Gal Gadot's Amazon superhero punch out a succession of foes, as this summer's Wonder Woman broke one record after another: best opening weekend for a female-directed film! Highest-grossing live-action, female-directed film! The DC blockbuster finally landed on being the highest-grossing superhero origin movie ever, no "female" qualifier needed.
Gadot's performance wowed audiences and film critics alike in the first major comics movie with a woman protagonist, bringing gravitas, humanity, and humor to the role (whose origins were later explored this fall in the also female-directed Professor Marston and the Wonder Women). With her insistence that she'd only participate in a sequel if noted sleazeball Brett Ratner was no longer attached (and he no longer is), the star is a real-life crusader for justice, too.
...while Patti Jenkins makes strides for female creators
The director of Wonder Woman -- whose previous movie was the critically-acclaimed Monster 14 years ago -- is on track to become the highest-paid female director in Hollywood history after lengthy negotiations to be paid as much as a successful male director of a franchise would be (specifically, Batman v. Superman director Zack Snyder).
Women are making comedy’s biggest moves
The biggest breakout star in the comedy world this year was Tiffany Haddish, whose daffy and profane role in Girls Trip generated Oscar-nomination buzz and earned her a gig hosting SNL -- where the outspoken comic thanked her social worker for pushing her into comedy. SNL also continued to showcase the formidable Kate McKinnon, whose bottomless talents make her the must-see star of the show.
Surfing the channels, Issa Rae, Pamela Adlon, and Rachel Bloom all continued to rule the small screen with second seasons of their shows Insecure, Better Things, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, all of which put their own innovative new spins on the sitcom format and the portrayal of single women on TV.