Katharine Hepburn, modern woman

by JordanL on March 17, 2014 - 11:39am

Hollywood is one of the few industries where there is little to no discrimination between men and women. However, it was not always like this. Barely a century ago, male stars were the main focus of the film industry and women were relatively ignored. It was in this era that Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) began her career. However, having been raised by parents who encouraged her to think for herself, she was outspoken and refused to conform to the Hollywood publicity machine. She was married once, but, after her divorce, decided to live independently and never remarried. She wore trousers despite the fact that it was not considered acceptable for women to do so. Also, she was known for playing strong, independent characters on-screen. Despite this, she won four Academy Awards for Best Actress (a record) and is now considered to be an important icon of feminism. Her influence goes from the film industry to fashion and she is known as a pop culture icon. Without her, North American women would not necessarily have the same status as they have today.

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Coming from a family of five and being the middle child, I have learned to always be independent and that you cannot always rely on people. Especially being a woman I have learned that there are still ways that men believe they are better than you and that you are still not equal in their eyes. For me, it usually is seen in sports. Boys will sometimes not let me play in there games because “I cannot compete and keep up with them” or I am allowed on the team but I am just a bystander in the game, as they do not pass the ball to me. It is all nonsense to me, yes sometimes it is harder to keep up with a boy or it is a more challenging game, but what the boy does not understand is I can handle it. All I ask for is a chance, a chance to prove I am worthy to play on the same team and work just as hard. Yet, I know that this cannot always happen when it comes to sports because there are leagues and teams based solely on sex and it is something I cannot change and do not have a complete problem with it. There are situations when sports need to be separated, but not all the time. I have been fighting for myself since day one, as I was taught the only person that can let you down is yourself and you cannot take no as an answer.
I like the way you talk about Katharine Hepburn, as you say she did things that were not acceptable for women in her time period. She challenged society and questioned the rules which all followed and did not think to break during the 1900s, so she stood out to many. We all have the ability to relate to Katharine Hepburn as it is important to be yourself, to not always rely on people, and be an individual. It’s very interesting the way you believe she has influenced women and their status, as I believe she has had some part in this, but more in the image of women and as a famous actress in Hollywood films. Your article is very well written and intrigues me as I question what makes me an individual and what qualities I bring to the table as I show who I am because we all have the ability to stand out in a crowd. However there is not enough information backing up Katharine Hepburn and all that she has accomplished, so there are many questions that the article leaves you with as I am not sure what you are completely trying to say. It would be helpful to provide the reader with more information and facts which shows that you have a connection with the topic and can relate to Katharine Hepburn. This post is really great, just try to bring your reader in more and make them see how Katharine is an individual and why this is important to women and important to you.

Coming from a family of five and being the middle child, I have learned to always be independent and that you cannot always rely on people. Especially being a woman I have learned that there are still ways that men believe they are better than you and that you are still not equal in their eyes. For me, it usually is seen in sports. Boys will sometimes not let me play in there games because “I cannot compete and keep up with them” or I am allowed on the team but I am just a bystander in the game, as they do not pass the ball to me. It is all nonsense to me, yes sometimes it is harder to keep up with a boy or it is a more challenging game, but what the boy does not understand is I can handle it. All I ask for is a chance, a chance to prove I am worthy to play on the same team and work just as hard. Yet, I know that this cannot always happen when it comes to sports because there are leagues and teams based solely on sex and it is something I cannot change and do not have a complete problem with it. There are situations when sports need to be separated, but not all the time. I have been fighting for myself since day one, as I was taught the only person that can let you down is yourself and you cannot take no as an answer.
I like the way you talk about Katharine Hepburn, as you say she did things that were not acceptable for women in her time period. She challenged society and questioned the rules which all followed and did not think to break during the 1900s, so she stood out to many. We all have the ability to relate to Katharine Hepburn as it is important to be yourself, to not always rely on people, and be an individual. It’s very interesting the way you believe she has influenced women and their status, as I believe she has had some part in this, but more in the image of women and as a famous actress in Hollywood films. Your article is very well written and intrigues me as I question what makes me an individual and what qualities I bring to the table as I show who I am because we all have the ability to stand out in a crowd. However there is not enough information backing up Katharine Hepburn and all that she has accomplished, so there are many questions that the article leaves you with as I am not sure what you are completely trying to say. It would be helpful to provide the reader with more information and facts which shows that you have a connection with the topic and can relate to Katharine Hepburn. This post is really great, just try to bring your reader in more and make them see how Katharine is an individual and why this is important to women and important to you.

I think that your article is interesting in that it draws attention to the fact that it was not too long ago that women were discriminated against in the film industry. Katharine Hepburn went against the norm and did not dress the way that she was expected to and stood up for her rights and the rights of other women. If she had not demanded equality, who knows when other women would have in the film industry. It is safe to say that this was the beginning of the feminist movement in film. I was raised, like many others, being told that everyone is equal. We grew up in a time that this was the case. The thought of it not being that way is crazy because equality is all we ever knew. It is easy to forget that it was a difficult road to get there for those involved. Even when one watches old movies, the inequality isn’t necessarily portrayed which also allows it to be easily forgotten. Overall, interesting article.

I really enjoyed reading your article about how the status of a modern women was so heavily influenced by katharine Hepburn. It was interesting how much Katharine Hepburn went against all social constructs on how a women is supposed to be and is supposed to act like. I agree with the fact that she did create a catalyst in pushing forward the modern women. In today's society I would have to say the majority of women and men are influenced heavily on films and social media. Given this I think Katharine Hepburn held more power than she thought she did in that women all around the country looked up to her and were no doubt influenced by her new take on what it is to be a non-traditional women. Not only did she give this whole new perspective on the modern women to women but also to men as well.I think in her time gender stereotypes were almost set in stone so for her to go against the norm was a great jump start into establishing what it is to be a modern women.

I really enjoyed your post because I think that sometimes we forget the efforts that women such as Katherine Hepburn made to change the norms of society that have ultimately shaped the changes in our modern times. It is crazy to think that not so long ago the media was dominated by men and was shaped by the ideas of men that was portrayed through this media. With Katherine Hepburn's mentality of non conformity, her efforts helped to change the way that women were portrayed in the media and throughout society altogether. Though the valiant efforts of women such as Katherine Hepburn have brought about many changes, there are still more obstacles to overcome to bring about true equality for women. In our current times, women still face the problem that is known as the glass ceiling. This idea of a glass ceiling represents the reality that even though women are just as qualified to obtain higher positions within the workforce there is a unseen barrier that keeps them from these positions just because they are women and this is also the same for the unequal pay that women receive in comparison to men as well. It is also sad to say that the way that women are portrayed in pop culture are also a result of the ideas of men who are in charge of these industries. With all of this aside Katherine Hepburn did play a strong role in opening the doors for women into the media spotlight and she did help to change the norms of society for the better.

Katherine Hepburn was truly an icon for many ages. She was able to stand out and show how solidifying her own identity became her success. Many women before her and many women after her were able to break through the strains of society to become an idol for women everywhere. For me, this was mostly my mother. She raised my sisters and I, as well as my brother, to be strong and independent and as best as we could be. My mother has been this modern women to me.

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