Hello, Kitty

On NPR's All Things Considered, Alison Keyes discusses Catwoman. Although the DC comics character has become, Keyes writes, "a symbol of feminine power," she started out as a villain, foil and whip-carrying burglar for Batman to battle in 1940. Later, in the campy '60s TV series Batman, Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt turned the Catwoman character into a fierce, gorgeous, smart woman who happens to be a bad girl. Catwoman has had her own comic for 15 years, and if you don't follow these things you may not know: She's changed from the saucy minx we once knew. Although she's still stacked as hell and not afraid to flaunt it, she no longer wears high heels. Plus! Selina Kyle (Catwoman's real name) has a backstory: She's an orphan, has a sister, and used to be a prostitute. This past was created for her in 1986. What happened between 1940 and 1986 that forty years later a woman needs to be a hooker in order to be a thief? [NPR]