Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Mona Lisa Smile

Mona Lisa Smile tells the story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school who leaves her boyfriend behind, to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Ma ssachusetts, because she wants to make a difference and influence the next generation of women. In 1953, Watson encourages her students to study to become career professionals. She uses modern art to suggest that they need not conform to female stereotype, even introducing the students to the work of Jackson Pollock. She feels that women can do more than solely adopt the roles of wives and mothers.
In this video we can see what the advertisements said about the future of women who had studied a degree.


1 comment:

Patricia Bou said...

Very interesting, Miriam, thank you. Definitely, food for thought! And the clip ties in well with Betty Friendan's description of white, middle-class, suburban wives that we discussed in class.