Despite efforts and contributions of women like Pickford, Hollywood has remained largely male-dominated. However off-screen, women have continued to fight for equal pay, challenge “casting couch” policies and make advancements in male-dominated behind-the-scenes jobs, blazing trails for the women who follow. Onscreen, actresses have portrayed real-life women who fight for causes and women who have impacted the world, as well as fictional women who inspire and generate laughter, tears and sisterhood.
Despite the struggles women have faced bringing their stories to the big screen, there are many triumphs to be celebrated. In the Golden Age of Hollywood, the male-dominated studio system recognized the value of “women’s pictures” and actresses such as Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland,