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Meryl Streep: "...When Women Got Better Chances in Life"

In Steven Spielberg's seventies media drama "The Post", Meryl Streep play the Washington Post publisher Katharine "Kay" Graham, who had to prove herself in the masculine world of the 1970s.

"She more than just the self-confident Katharine Graham who made a name for herself as the first woman to lead one of the 500 most important companies", says Meryl Streep. "At first, she was very insecure – she was a child of her time, where women were limited to volunteering, good parenting and household duties. If you have not experienced it yourself, you can hardly imagine it today. I experienced this. I was there when women got better chances in life, and of course I benefited from it myself. But Kay Graham was still in the vanguard, so didn't feel 100% when she took the reins of the publishing house. She asserted herself when that was still very difficult for her to do, because it wasn't just her opponents expressing doubts – it was also her friends. She must have felt very lonely at the time to take this position in that context. This applies to everyone involved in this story. Every single person risks something. And this is, in my opinion, the most important aspect of this film: ordinary people can really make a difference and change the course of history. A small person can achieve great things." Because of her imposing stature, Graham was often more dominant than she felt she was. That also played a key role for Streep when she was playing the part: "I didn't think it was important to look exactly like her – it was more important to capture her personal grace, the hesitation that was behind all her decisions. That was a very interesting job".