Outstanding women in the arts

March is Women's History Month, and CNN is highlighting women who've shined in their fields--historically and today. Earlier, we looked at <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/08/living/gallery/women-pioneers-stem/index.html'>standouts in science and technology</a>. Here's a gallery of women who've stormed the world of fine arts. The stunningly beautiful and unconventional actress Katharine Hepburn, right, was also a talented artist who refused to be pushed around by Hollywood studios in the 1930s and '40s. Her 60-plus year career included 12 Oscar nominations and four wins. Today, Meryl Streep, left, has built the same kind of uncompromising career. Streep has been nominated for an Oscar 17 times, and won three.

March is Women's History Month, and CNN is highlighting women who've shined in their fields--historically and today. Earlier, we looked at standouts in science and technology. Here's a gallery of women who've stormed the world of fine arts. The stunningly beautiful and unconventional actress Katharine Hepburn, right, was also a talented artist who refused to be pushed around by Hollywood studios in the 1930s and '40s. Her 60-plus year career included 12 Oscar nominations and four wins. Today, Meryl Streep, left, has built the same kind of uncompromising career. Streep has been nominated for an Oscar 17 times, and won three.