This two-volume encyclopedia details the lives and accomplishments of women from various aspects of popular culture, including film, television, music, fashion, and literature. In addition to profiles, the encyclopedia also includes chapters that provide a historical review of gender, domesticity, marriage, work, and inclusivity in popular culture as well as a chronology of key achievements.
This reference work is an ideal introduction to the roles women have played, both in the spotlight and behind it, throughout the history of popular culture in America. From the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age to the chart toppers of the 2020s, author Laura L. Finley documents how attitudes towards these icons have evolved and how their influence has shifted throughout time. The entries and essays also address such timely topics as feminism, the #MeToo movement, and the gender pay gap.
- Offers a detailed review of the history of more than 300 women in American TV, film, and music, including influential fictional depictions of women
- Includes a chronology of important achievements relevant to women in popular culture
- Includes five introductory chapters detailing such topics as domesticity, motherhood, representation, and misogyny
- Offers a glimpse into how women of different races, ethnicities, and gender and sexual identities have shaped the modern entertainment industry