5 Old Hollywood Roles That Empower Women

These silver screen stars boast the one thing every woman should have — gumption.


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    Barbara Stanwyck in Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

    Barbara Stanwyck stars as Elizabeth Lane, a famous columnist who writes about her domestic life at her farm in Connecticut for Smart Housekeeping, a magazine for aspiring homemakers. Funny thing is, none of it's true — it's a product of her imagination as a means of forwarding her career. Lane ends up having to put on a charade convincing everyone from her love interest (played by Dennis Morgan) to her boss that she is a domestic goddess, without blowing her cover. You'll fall in love with her quick wit and cunning intelligence.

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