She writes editorials for the college paper, exposing campus nurse Amanda Armstrong Juliet Stevenson as a supplier of contraception, which results in Amanda being fired; other editorials attack Katherine for advocating that women should seek a career instead of being wives and mothers as intended. She admires Katherine for encouraging the students to be independent. Retrieved from " https: Within six months of the wedding Betty's marriage falls apart as Spencer has an affair and failing to find solace with her mother, she visits Katherine. She tells Katherine that choosing to be a wife and mother does not make her any less intelligent. Eventually, influenced by her, Betty files for divorce and looks for an apartment in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
Rather than being a fascinating exploration of a much more constrained time in our social history, the film simply feels anachronistic.
Retrieved July 15, In a message to Wellesley alumnae concerning the film, Wellesley College president Diana Chapman Walsh expressed regret, given that many alumnae from the s felt that the film's portrayal of Wellesley was inaccurate. The relationship progresses but when Katherine learns that Bill spent the entire war at the Army Languages Center on Long Island, she decides to break up with him because he is not trustworthy. Katherine's course is highly popular, so the college invites her to return but with certain conditions: During the filming of Mona Lisa Smilethe Wellesley College campus broke into controversy surrounding the casting of student extras with use of the phrase "not too tan" in a casting call for current Wellesley students, sparking a fear that casting directors were using race to discriminate against potential extras.
Retrieved July 10, Retrieved August 19, Times, Stephen Holden - "Mona Lisa Smile" A star-watcher's guilty pleasure, the movie rubs together three of Hollywood's brightest younger stars -- Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal, all playing Wellesley seniors -- and throws in an appealing newcomer, Ginnifer Goodwin. In other projects Wikiquote. Bill is charming and full of stories about Europe and his heroic actions in Italy during the war. Producers claimed that they were merely stressing the importance of finding women that reflected the time period.