5 Different Empowering Movies To Celebrate International Women’s Day
on 06-03-202003:43 PM - last edited on 08-03-202012:18 PM by Milkbox
On 8 March 2020, women’s rights and gender equality are taking centre stage this International Women’s Day! Let’s all come together and reflect upon inspiring women in our lives and how they empower each other and all of us to do better and be better.
Check out our list of movies that not only empower women but inspire us to appreciate the women in our lives!
Nominated for the Best Picture in 2017, Hidden Figures is based on the real-life story of how 3 African American women literally took humanity to the next frontier in space. An inspiring moment in history set in a time where women were not looked at when it comes to STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs.
The fact that many don’t even know who these women are shows how often women are sidelined in our history. Thanks to this Oscar-nominated film, we’ll never forget them again.
Gone are the days of the typical Disney ‘damsel-in-distress’ princess. With Moana, Disney gave us a strong-willed girl that defies the expectation of her family and tribe to sail out alone on a dangerous mission to save her people. Not only does she fulfil her ancestor’s ancient quest to return the heart of Te Fiti, but she discovers who she really is and her own identity.
The Hunger Games
One of the most successful film trilogies in the history of cinema, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a brave and strong-willed character who takes her younger sister place in a competition where contestants fight to the death. And if that seems brave, that’s only the first movie. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th movie follows her fight against an institution and a system that created the competition. Talk about inspiring.
When it comes to Asian countries, patriarchy is still a system held in many cultures. That’s why when Dangal was released, it had a huge impact in spreading the message of women empowerment.
The story follows Mahavir Singh Phogat, a Pehlwani amateur wrestler who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become India's first world-class female wrestlers. What’s more impressive is that the story is loosely based on a true story.
What’s more impressive than a superhero that can literally single-handedly defeat the most powerful villain in MCU history (Looking at you, Thanos)? Captain Marvel follows the story of Carol Danvers as she gets caught up in the centre of a galactic conflict between two alien civilizations.
One of the quotes from the movie itself has Captain Marvel saying, "What happens when I'm finally set free?". It’s a representation of the power that women have in a society that seems to suppress the abilities and skills of the women all around, that when Captain Marvel does, in fact, pushes her powers to her maximum limits, she is literally unstoppable.
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