Actress Jodie Foster brandished a ceremonial brass pot Tuesday as Harvard University's Hasty Pudding theater group honored her as its 1992 Woman of the Year.
Foster also paraded through Harvard Square in an open 1950s-era Lincoln surrounded by male students in drag.
Members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will toast actor Michael Douglas, named this year's Man of the Year, in a ceremony next week.
Hasty Pudding, the nation's oldest undergraduate drama group, said in a statement that Foster was being honored for confronting important social issues.
"I feel a responsibility to create human characters for women," said Foster, 29. "Most of the scripts that you read, it's amazing how inhuman and object-like women's roles are.
"Feminism is the best form of humanism that I know."