Howard Hawks: A Feminist Director

How did Howard Hawks imply modern day feminist ideals in his films? How did he emphasize the importance of friendship between man and woman, rather than implying all relationships between opposite sexes must be romantic? How did he use symmetry to show equality of the sexes? How did Howard Hawks prove he was a feminist director?

In the 1930s, women were seen as inferior to men. In most movies, they only played supporting roles – most often as the love interest only. Hawks gave women their own character development – their own problems, struggles, achievements, strengths, weaknesses, and love interests. Women in Hawks’ films were not afraid to speak up. Interested in learning more? Watch this short clip covering the basics!

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