Evolution of the female roles in the US (Case study: The Hollywood movies in the late 1970s and early 1980s)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD Student in North American Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 MA in British Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


Prior to the 1980s, numerous charges of discrimination were noteworthy among women in Hollywood. In those years, women were in uncertain situations, so they seemed aimless and vulnerable. In the period that this article focuses on, the female characters are or have become intelligent and therefore open-minded and potentially independent. Although, they are still vulnerable and unsure of themselves in the new environment created by feminism. The main question this paper seeks to answer is how the change of women’s roles in America was depicted and how it can be explained through feminism. Through the use of cultural and media studies, it would be concluded that the Hollywood descriptions of the women of 1980s are the women who have been highlighted out of their previously uncertain situations. A number of movies for that specific decade have been studied and the results have been used to prove the claims.


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