The Katharine Hepburn Medal is awarded every four years to a leader in the arts and activism.
It recognizes women who change their worlds: those whose lives, work and contributions embody the intelligence, drive and independence of the four-time Oscar winner and her trailblazing mother. The Hepburn Medal is endorsed by Katharine Hepburn’s family and estate to commemorate two Bryn Mawr College alumnae, Hepburn (class of 1928) and her mother, activist Katharine Houghton Hepburn (class of 1899). The medal recognizes exceptional women in order to inspire young people to make a meaningful impact in the world.
Recipients include actors Lauren Bacall and Blythe Danner; musician and poet Patti Smith; international muralist Jane Golden; humanitarian Helene Gayle; and, most recently, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.