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Movies Featuring Female Empowermet for Women’s History Month

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As Women’s History Month continues, it’s a great time to reflect on the countless contributions and accomplishments of women throughout history. What better way to celebrate and empower yourself than by watching movies that celebrate and highlight the strength, resilience, and perseverance of women? Here are 10 movie recommendations that will inspire and uplift you during Women’s History Month:

Hidden Figures (2016)

This powerful film tells the story of three African American women who worked as mathematicians at NASA during the space race of the 1960s. The film showcases the perseverance and intelligence of these women as they fight against the discrimination and sexism they face in the workplace. The performances of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe are unforgettable.

erin brokovich (2000)

Based on a true story, this film tells the story of a single mother who becomes an unlikely hero when she uncovers a corporate cover-up involving contaminated water. Erin’s determination and bravery in fighting for justice against all odds is a testament to the power of a single person to make a difference. Julia Roberts delivers a powerhouse performance, and the film serves as a reminder of the impact that individuals can have in their communities.

a league of their own (1992)

This beloved classic follows the story of the first professional all-female baseball league during World War II. The film is a testament to the strength and resilience of women, as they prove that they are just as capable as men in a male-dominated sport.

Suffragette (2015)

Set in early 20th-century England, this film follows the members of the British women’s suffrage movement and their fight for the right to vote. The film is a reminder of the hard-won battle for women’s rights and the importance of continuing the fight for gender equality.

Frida (2002)

This biopic tells the story of the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The film explores Kahlo’s tumultuous life, her struggles with physical and emotional pain, and her groundbreaking art. Salma Hayek gives a captivating performance in the lead role.

The Color Purple (1985)

Based on the novel by Alice Walker, this film follows the life of Celie, an African American woman living in the early 20th-century South. The film tackles themes of racism, sexism, and abuse, but ultimately celebrates the strength and resilience of black women.

On the Basis of Sex (2018)

This biographical drama tells the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court justice in U.S. history. Felicity Jones gives a powerful performance as Ginsburg, and the film is a reminder of the importance of fighting for equal rights under the law. The film depicts Ginsburg’s early struggles as a lawyer fighting for gender equality and celebrates her legacy as a champion of women’s rights.

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Set in the 1950s, this film follows a progressive art history professor played by Julia Roberts as she challenges her conservative, all-female college students to think for themselves and question the societal expectations placed upon them. The film highlights the importance of education, and the power of women to break free from traditional gender roles.

Wonder woman (2017)

This superhero film features Gal Gadot as the iconic character, who fights for justice and equality in a male-dominated world. The film is a powerful representation of female strength and the ability of women to be leaders and heroes in their own right.

Mulan (1998)

This Disney classic tells the story of a young Chinese girl who disguises herself as a man to fight in the army in her father’s place. Mulan’s bravery, strength, and intelligence show that women are just as capable as men, and that gender should never limit what a person can achieve.

These movies not only entertain us but also inspire us to be our best selves and to fight for what we believe in. They remind us that women have been making history for centuries and that our voices and actions can make a difference. This Women’s History Month, celebrate the incredible women who have paved the way for us all by watching these powerful films.

Vanna Chen

Texas '23

Senior Computer Science Major Sleepy, Funny, Addicted to Kombucha