• JP

Did Donna push boundaries?


Donna Reed studies her script.

Feminism Through Fashion Series

-by Kajal Kapoor, Donna Reed intern.

Donna Reed was many things including an amazing actress, mother, and empowering feminist. With her tv show, she was able to subtly poke holes in society's way of thinking, adjusting this to a new vision she had of equality and a banishment of the egotistic and centrally man-dominated world. Even in the smallest actions, she shows her strength such as wearing this casual pant and jacket outfit. Back in the 1950's women mostly wore dresses and high heels, feeding into this perfect housewife illusion. Donna Reed, in comparison, is a model of a great mother as well as a modern woman as she paved the way for women in our society to wear sweatpants and jeans without being questioned. Girls who grew up watching her show would see these clothes and model their icon, and even if she alone didn't spark this cultural revolution, she certainly helped its progression.

GET IN TOUCH

Donna Reed Foundation  

1305 Broadway
Denison, Iowa 51442  USA

 

PHONE: 712-263-3334

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

© 2020 Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts

All Materials Copyright Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts © 1998 - 2020 - Oscar® and Academy Awards® are copyrighted © registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®.  DRFPA - Promoting excellence in education and community since 1986.  The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EID: 42-1285098).