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Get Inspired: 8 Films And Series That Tell Stories Of Female Entrepreneurs

For a long time, movies represented women as fragile human beings who spend the entire plot looking for the ideal man and give up their dreams in the name of “love”. I got nothing against romantic comedies, but it is always good to watch films that show a more empowered and enterprising side of women. 

Cinematographic representativeness is about having girls on screens playing different roles in all professional areas. There is nothing wrong with being ambitious and that’s what these films portray. We can be anything we want: from leading a large company, creating our own business, or, why not, revolutionizing an entire industry.

We selected some incredible films and series that show the journey of successful women entrepreneurs for you to be inspired and have even more desire to make your dreams come true!

“Coco Avant Chanel”

This film tells the real story of Coco Chanel, founder of one of the most famous luxury brands of all time. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Chanel challenged the beauty standard of her time and revolutionized women’s fashion. Tired of flowery hats and tight corsets, Coco used her lover’s clothes as a starting point to create an elegant and sophisticated female clothing line that took her to the top of the Parisian fashion scene.

“Erin Brockovich”

Based on real events, this film tells the story of Erin Brockovich, a mother of three who works in a small law firm. She faces several professional and personal challenges and, on top of that, suffers a lot of prejudice due to her way of speaking, behaving, and dressing. But nothing stops her. When she finds out that the water in a desert city is being contaminated and spreading disease among its inhabitants, she convinces her boss to let her investigate the case. This results in an unprecedented judicial battle against powerful rivals.


Joy, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is a brilliant young woman, but her personal life is extremely complicated. Divorced and a mother of two, she lives with her parents and ex-husband. Her life then has a twist: Creative since childhood, Joy invents a miracle cleaning mop that quickly turns into a sales phenomenon and makes her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United States.

“The Post”

Meryl Streep plays Katharine Graham, the first woman to hold a leadership position in the American newspaper The Washington Post. The movie narrates the real episode in which the journal had to face the doubt of disclosing or not data of secret reports of the American government. The plot shows Katharine’s journey to face this important challenge, in an environment still dominated by men.

“Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam Cj Walker”

With Octavia Spencer in the lead role, this original Netflix mini-series based on a true story, tells the journey of Madam CJ Walker, an African American woman who overcame poverty, built an empire of beauty products, and became the first self-made millionaire.

“Coisa Mais Linda”

In the 1950s, Malu moved to Rio de Janeiro with her husband to open a restaurant. However, he steals all her money and runs away. Instead of suffering, she decides to stay in the city and, after meeting the singer Adélia and the writer Thereza, the young woman decides to open a bossa-nova-inspired nightclub.

“Girl Boss”

“Girl Boss” is an original Netflix series based (very loosely, as they say at the beginning of each episode) on the life of Sophia Amoruso, creator of the Nasty Gal brand. She made her fortune on eBay by selling vintage clothing, which turned into an empire. Although the series has not been renewed for the second season, you still find the first on Netflix and it is worth especially for those who like fashion and want to see something lighter about it.

“The Baby-Sitters Club”

In this contemporary version of Ann M. Martin‘s book series, five friends launch into the business world with a nanny agency. Light and fun, this series shows that young women can also succeed in the entrepreneurial world.


The article above was edited by Camila Nascimento.

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Fernanda Valente

Casper Libero '21

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