International Women's Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It is also a day to raise awareness about the challenges that women continue to face, including gender inequality and discrimination. In honour of this special day, here are eight of the best films to watch that celebrate and empower women.
Hidden Figures (2016)
Hidden Figures tells the true story of three African American women who worked at NASA during the early years of the space program. Despite facing racism and sexism, they made important contributions to the success of the program. This inspiring film showcases the strength and resilience of these women and their determination to achieve their goals.
Little Women (2019)
Little Women is a modern adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. The film tells the story of the March sisters as they navigate their way through life in the aftermath of the Civil War. The film is a celebration of the bond between sisters and the strength and resilience of women.
A League of Their Own (1992)
A League of Their Own is a sports comedy-drama film that tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II. The film showcases the strength and determination of the women who played in the league and the challenges they faced in a male-dominated sport.
The Help (2011)
The Help is a drama film set in the 1960s in Mississippi during the civil rights movement. The film tells the story of a young white woman who writes a book about the experiences of black maids in the South. The film is a powerful exploration of the experiences of women of colour during a difficult time in American history.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Erin Brockovich is a biographical film based on the true story of a single mother who fought against a California energy corporation accused of polluting a city's water supply. The film showcases the strength and determination of this woman as she takes on a powerful corporation to fight for justice.
Frida is a biographical film that tells the story of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who overcame personal struggles and physical challenges to become one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century.
Suffragette is a historical drama film released in 2015 that tells the story of the British women's suffrage movement in the early 20th century. The film follows the fictional character Maud Watts, played by Carey Mulligan, who works in a laundrette and becomes increasingly involved in the suffragette movement after witnessing police brutality against peaceful protesters.
Miss Potter (2006)
Miss Potter is a 2006 biographical film about the life of the English children's author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. The movie chronicles Potter's life from her early struggles as a female artist in Victorian England to her eventual success with the publication of her beloved children's book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Along the way, the film explores Potter's romantic relationships, particularly with her publisher, Norman Warne, as well as her passion for nature and conservation. Miss Potter stars Renée Zellweger as Beatrix Potter, Ewan McGregor as Norman Warne, and Emily Watson as Potter's mother. The film received generally positive reviews for its charming performances and gorgeous scenery.