Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny. – Andrea Dworkin
Every woman has been told at some point in her life that she can’t do something because she is “just a girl”. Unfortunately, that message is one that women encounter every day – from both men and women. When you’re sick of the constant negative messages based on an outdated stereotype, these movies will lift your spirits. Get your movie fix!
Bend it Like Beckham – Jess is obsessed with soccer although her parents forbid her to play because she is a girl. She and a friend secretly join the local soccer team and train rigorously for a tournament well-attended by college scouts. When she wins a scholarship to a university, Jess struggles to maintain a good relationship with her family while pursuing her dream.
Queen of Katwe – Phiona Mutesi was a 10-year old Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe, who was encouraged by a local coach to learn to play chess. She sees chess as a path to escape the poverty of the slums and begins to compete in chess tournaments. She, along with a teammate, become the first titled female chess players in Uganda’s history. Based on a true story.
Whale Rider – A young Maori girl in New Zealand wants to become chief of her tribe. She would ordinarily inherit the title from her grandfather, however she has one problem – she is a girl. She and her grandfather have a close bond but differ in their view of her ability or right to lead. Watch how she manages to persuade her community that she’s the best man for the job.
A League of Their Own – When World War II threatens to shut down Major League Baseball, a women’s league is created. The movie follows team members as they pursue their love of the game, and face pushback from fans who assume “throwing like a girl” is a bad thing.
Little Women – My favorite movie version of this classic Louisa May Alcott book is the one starring Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder. The story follows Jo March, who yearns to break free of the gender roles in which she is expected to follow and pursue her dream of being a writer. She and her sisters follow their own unique paths amid the changing landscape of the American Civil War.
Hidden Figures. At a time when women and minorities were assumed to be uninterested and incapable of excelling in math and engineering, three African-American women at NASA were the brains behind launching John Glenn into orbit. Katharine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson broke gender and racial barriers to propel the U.S. into the Space Race. Based on a true story.