International Women’s Day: inspiring movies to watch

Whether you’re feeling up or down, watching a movie can give you that adrenaline kick you need. And sometimes, we need to see our fellow females at the top of their games to get some inspiration, to have someone to look up.

Hidden Figures

An incredible story of three young African American women that served a vital role in NASA’s early years of the USA Space Program.  It’s the untold story of Katherine Johnson, a pioneer in mathematics who broke barriers of race and gender, Dorothy Vaughan  and Mary Jackson, who were the brains behind astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit. Imagine being a girl in 1961 America, but imagine being an African American woman in 1961 America with all the racial laws. This is one inspiring movie that whill give you goosebumps.

Mulan

Old habits die hard. And if there’s one timeless movie, even if it’s an animated one, it’s Mulan. A girl who impersonates her father to save him from dying in war is the ultimate hero and role model. But she doesn’t just impersonate a soldier, she becomes a soldier, the bravest of soldiers. As the Emperor said: “You don’t meet a girl like that every dynasty”. Eternal love for you Mulan.

The Help

An amazing, inspiring movie that will make you fall in love with the female characters. Set in 1960s America during the Civil Rights movement, a young aspiring journalist decides to go on a mission to document the lives of African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work for. Against all odds and hardships, African American  women open up and decide to tell their stories.

Joy

This is one great movie that shows something that we all need to learn: to never give up. Joy is the story of Joy Mongnano, inventor of what we all know as the Miracle Mop. A story of gender, a story of perseverance and a story of a women who became the founder of a powerful business dynasty. With all the hardships she faces, including people close to her trying to steal her ideas and designs, she finds it in her to keep fighting for her ideas and talents.

The Devil Wears Prada

This is a classic. No matter how many times you watch this movie, you will never get tired of it. Miranda Prisley, editor of Runway and the story of her assistant, Andrea. We could have an eternal discussion on the Miranda character. Evil? But like Andy says, “what if Miranda were a man?” Exactly. Miranda Prisley is fearless, sure she’s a bit mean at times but she’s tough, and she didn’t get where she was because she was smiling every day. That woman is inspiring, period.

 

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