The Rise of Female Action Heroes

Pam Grier, Hollywood's original action heroine. © Bureau L.A. Collection/Sygma/Corbis

In the 1970s, Pam Grier became Hollywood's first female action lead, debuting a new type of strong, fierce woman on screen. Following a slow and highly sexualized evolution of the female action hero, or superheroine, there appears to be a resurgence of butt-kicking women at the box office, and Cristen and Caroline explore the modern plight of the superheroine.

Topics in this Podcast: television, Film, strong female characters