Marilyn Monroe was known for playing dumb blondes, but historian Lois Banner argues she also played a key role in the development in the women's movement.
In her new book, Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox
, Lois Banner
points out that the movie star was a powerful career woman, at a time
when that was very unusual. Monroe was also one of the first public
figures to reveal that she had been sexually abused as a child. And
Banner argues that the way Monroe used her sexuality as a source of
power anticipated third-wave feminism.