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StuntwomenThe Untold Hollywood Story$
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Mollie Gregory

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166223

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166223.001.0001

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The Women’s Movement and Female Action Heroes

The Women’s Movement and Female Action Heroes

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(p.93) 6 The Women’s Movement and Female Action Heroes
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Stuntwomen
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Mollie Gregory

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813166223.003.0007

Could women break the barriers of Hollywood sexism? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Title VII, and Title IX facilitated change. But most important was the prevalence of new TV action shows starring women: The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, Charlie’s Angels. Stuntwomen still had to fight men’s urge to protect them, which was sometimes used as an excuse to give the job to a man. Their often tight-fitting wardrobes prevented stuntwomen from padding up when doing falls and other physical stunts, making the work more dangerous.

Keywords:   Molly Haskell, action TV shows starring women, Wonder Woman, Charlie’s Angels, women’s wardrobe, EEOC, Title VII, Title IX

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