Culture Archive: The Greatest Working-Women in Pop Culture History

From I Love Lucy's namestake to Girls' Hannah, we compiled the gutsiest, hardest working, and stereotype-defying ladies throughout the big screen.

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October 3, 2012 12:15 PM
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NORMA RAE (1979)

Cotton-mill worker Norma Rae organizes a union walkout to protest working conditions — and she refuses to bow to management: "It's going to take you and the police department and the fire department and the National Guard to get me out of here."