"Bryn Mawr isn’t plastic, it isn’t nylon, it’s pure gold."

"I came here by the skin of my teeth; I got in and by the skin of my teeth I stayed. It was the best thing I ever did. Bryn Mawr was my springboard into adult life. I discovered that you can do anything if you work hard enough. I feel that I was enormously lucky to come here. I am very proud when I see the name, very proud."

Katharine Houghton Hepburn '28
20th-Century Screen Legend

Majors: History and Philosophy

Note: Katharine Houghton Hepburn, who won four Academy Awards in an acting career that spanned more than 60 years, has long been a symbol of women’s independence and autonomy. In 2006, Bryn Mawr launched the "Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center" to honor Hepburn and her mother, Katharine Houghton Hepburn of Bryn Mawr's Class of 1899.

Katharine Hepburn '28
photo by the Bryn Mawr College Libraries