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.