Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center -- Flim and Theater, Civic Engagement, Women's Health
Katharine Houghton Hepburn, Class of 1899

Katharine Martha Houghton and her sisters Edith (Class of 1901) and Marion (Class of 1906) attended Bryn Mawr College to fulfill a lifelong ambition of their mother Caroline for her daughters to be independent, self-reliant and exceptionally well educated women. After reading newspaper accounts of the appointment of M. Carey Thomas as president of the College in 1894, Caroline was determined to prepare her daughters to meet Bryn Mawr’s high standards...more »

Katharine Houghton Hepburn, Class of 1928

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. While her mother was a militant public crusader for woman suffrage and birth control, as well as other rights for women, the younger Hepburn was more private and less outspoken about civic matters. It was in her acting career that Hepburn gave character, depth and stunning immediacy to an array of the social issues of her own and other times...more »