Representation is so incredibly important. Young girls deserve to see themselves as the main protagonists of their stories, not just as love interests or damsels in distress. We must amplify and highlight the stories that demonstrate how capable, intelligent, and powerful women truly are.
March is International Women’s History month, so this is a great opportunity to kick it inside and have a movie night to commemorate all of the progress and history of womankind. Celebrate the stories of strong women, both real and fictional, with our picks of movies.
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Olivia Wilde’s film follows the adventures of two best friends and academic overachievers on the eve of their graduation. It is both hilarious and heartwarming to see these two best friends unapologetically celebrate one another’s amazingness. There are so many fun scenes scattered throughout the film (like the stuffed panda!). Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.
This documentary explores Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and career. It goes in depth about her legal legacy as well as her transformation into a pop culture icon. This movie allows viewers to remember the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and appreciate the hardships and trials she overcame to reach her success.
3. On the Basis of Sex
On the Basis of Sex is also about Ruth Bader Ginsburg—but it reenacts the beginning of her career as a struggling attorney and new mother. Learn more about the woman behind the robe and her personal journey to success.
4. Little Women
Greta Gerwig’s take on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel chronicles the lives of the March sisters in the 19th century. This beautiful story centers around sisterhood and love in this family-friendly celebration.
This provocative story celebrates three women who risked everything to take a stand against sexual assault at Fox News. This film is based on a true story, and the cast fantastically and delicately retells what happened in a way that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
1. Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce
It’s a film by Beyonce… Need we say more? Follow her inspiring, culture-filled performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Beyoncé was the first black woman to headline Coachella and was set to be the second woman to headline ever (the first in a decade) until she dropped out due to her pregnancy.
2. Knock Down the House
Knock Down the House follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vielta, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin on their 2018 congressional primary campaigns. In hindsight, this film is nearly prophetic; these women would continue to make history and make noise long after they were elected.
In this film, former first lady Michelle Obama discusses her life, hopes, and connections with others.
4. Feminists: What were they thinking?
This documentary goes through a 1977 book of photographs, displaying women shedding cultural restrictions.