Women With Attitude

Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve
Bette Davis as Margo Channing; a successful Broadway actress seen as past her prime, in All About Eve

Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada
Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly; powerful Editor-in-Chief and demanding “boss from hell” in The Devil Wears Prada


Admired or despised, these women pursue their ambitions in ways that deviate from society’s norms.   

Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Aliens
Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley  – a strong, determined lieutenant bucking patriarchal traditions – in Aliens.

Women With Attitude is a nod to characters who disregard gender roles and female stereotypes and live the lives they create.  

Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Elizabeth Taylor as the nasty, spiteful title character in  the film adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Conversely, if it’s a life not of their making,  they take action to free themselves regardless of society’s expectations.  Doing as they damn well please.

Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine; unflinchingly bold in her strategies against her husband King Henry II in The Lion in Winter

Countless other Women With Attitude have been portrayed in movies and other media over the years.  These are a handful of my personal favorites.  

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