It doesn’t have to be Women’s Month for you to crave some strong, brave, incredible female characters on the screen. Maybe you need some empowerment or inspiration for the next two hours. The following movies will give you just that.
Hidden Figures (2016)
Not only does this movie feature intelligent women, but it also tackles the issue of racial segregation in the United States back in the 1960s. What’s more, is that this movie is based on a true story.
Back in 1961, the American-Soviet space race was in the global spotlight. It was a race on technological advancement and space exploration between Cold War enemies United States of America and the Soviet Union. During this time, three female African-American friends had massive contributions to the programs at NASA.
Mary Jackson was the first-ever NASA Black female engineer. She worked as an aerospace engineer and calculated the flight trajectories of the Project Mercury and the Apollo Program.
Dorothy Vaughan was the first black NASA supervisor. She also made significant contributions to the first programming projects for the agency.
Katherine Johnson was part of the space team. She was responsible for calculating the path trajectory of the rocket that carried Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space, in 1961. In 1962, her calculations made it possible for John Glenn to orbit the Earth.
These are all fantastic feats in themselves. However, at a time of racial and gender discrimination, these must be the sweetest victory for Black women.
In 2021, you can say that society’s view and treatment of women have improved considerably. Women can now work and excel in industries perceived only for men, just like construction and transportation. Don’t you love it when you call for an electrical safety checkf or your house and a female inspector comes in? Or when you get a female driver when you book for an Uber or Lyft?
From NASA space engineers and mathematicians, next on the list is a high schooler. Although, fair warning, she’s not your ordinary high school girl.
In Vivian’s high school, girls are ranked. Every year on social media, the list gets published. She hates this to the core, but she does nothing because she’s not a troublemaker.
A new student transfers. Lucy is unlike any other student. She questions the summer reading list then reports a bully to the principal for harassment. This kind of fearless attitude sparks something in Vivian. Fuel was added to the fire when she found an old zine that belonged to her mom.
She decides to put out her zine and anonymously spread it in the school. The zine, which she calls Moxie, calls out the sexist school administration and the crass behavior of the boys at school. One thing leads to another, and the school sees a movement led by teenage girls and some boys.
The movie takes inspiration from the riot grrrl era of the 1990s. It was during this era that zines took popularity and spread all over the country.
Little Women (2019)
This adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s book gave birth to the famous line, “Just because my dreams are different than yours doesn’t mean they’re less important.”
If you wholeheartedly agree with this, you should watch the movie adaptation of the book from 2019. This book has been adapted as a movie and a play multiple times before. However, it’s the 2019 adaptation that equally shone the spotlight on the March sisters.
The story is set during the height of the American Civil War. It follows the life of the three March sisters, their different personalities, and their equally different ambitions in life.
Meg is gentle, poised, and has an eye for luxury. Jo, on the other hand, is tomboyish and has a fiery passion for literature. Meanwhile, Beth has a motherly demeanor and loves music.
This movie is filled with dialogue that pertains to the glories and sorrows of being a woman. Amy, who has always seemed immature and keen to marry rich, reveals a bitter truth about marriage for most women. According to her, marriage is an “economic proposition” because women cannot make money for themselves.
Despite her fiery personality and unbreakable resolve, Jo shows vulnerability when she says that women have souls, minds, ambitions, and talents. She disagrees that the only thing women are capable of is giving love. However, in a moment of real vulnerability, she also feels lonely despite her beliefs.
You will relate to one of the March sisters-be it the practical views of Amy, Jo’s fiery but vulnerable personality, or Meg’s definition of a happy life. This movie is a fantastic display that women may have the same general struggle. Still, each experience of womanhood is different.
The fight for women’s representation and gender equality is a long one. No matter how far the end seems, it’s worth celebrating that these fantastic movies about incredible women exist. The fight for gender equality is far from over. However, you can see some progress in the way these movies represent strong and incredible women.