The International Women’s Day is an ode to women no matter what shape, size, and color. It’s the day to appreciate all women that strived to make a name in the world dominated by men.
This year, it’s going to be on a Saturday. And, if you’re not doing anything today, here’s a very diverse list of women empowering movies–like all the women in our lives, you can binge.
Belle is the illegitimate, half-black daughter of an admiral raised by her great-uncle. She is surrounded by great privilege, yet is forbidden to join in on certain traditions because of the color of her skin. The film, which is based on a true story, follows the heroine as she overcomes marginalization and helps to end slavery in 18th century England.
THE HELP (2011)
The Help tells a 1960s story of how college graduate Skeeter, played by Emma Stone, comes home and decides to tell the stories of three different black women and how they raised the children of wealthy white families. It’s a funny, reality slapping story.
And did I mention, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer’s in the movie?
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000)
With China’s beautiful sceneries in the background, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon tells the story of a woman goes against tradition and refuses an arranged marriage to become a martial artist.
HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). Three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
THE BABADOOK (2014)
The Babadook is a dark fairytale that oddly tells a story of grief, love, and pain. It starts by Amelia (Essie Davis) who is a widow that lost her husband in a heart-breaking stroke of shit luck: he was killed in a car accident while driving to the delivery of their first son. Amelia discovers an ominously-covered, never-before-seen pop-up book called The Babadook on Sam’s shelf; she decides to immediately debut it as a bedtime story.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot’s five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland.
In this movie, women are raw and portrayed equally. Women caring for each other, lifting each other and fighting hard for what is right.
Legally Blonde (2001)
Who in 2019 hasn’t watched Legally Blonde? If you have or haven’t, it stars Reese Witherspoon in teenager coming of age in 1950s rural Louisiana, an underestimated sorority girl who graduates Harvard Law School and goes on to become a successful lawyer.
A truly entertaining movie, at the same time shows how a woman can turn stereotypes around.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Kat Straford (Julia Stiles) is smart, unapologetic and blunt. She won’t take trash from petty little boys. Unfortunately for her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), house rules say that she can’t date until Kat has a boyfriend, so strings are pulled to set the dour damsel up for a romance.
CLUELESS. Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school’s pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give hopelessly klutzy new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd) was right about how misguided she was — and falls for him.
This Disney movie is definitely a classic. Pocahontas, aside from its classic songs, is a movie about saving her homeland from foreign invaders.
Miss Congeniality (2000)
Sandra Bullock plays a “just one of the boys” FBI agent but suddenly needs to go undercover when someone plans to bomb the Miss USA pageant. It’s funny, exciting and empowering for all women, no matter what career they choose to trek in life.
Kill Bill (2003)
They know they did her wrong or they made a mistake of not killing her properly.
Kill Bill is a movie about a girl who quit her assassin group to live a simple life. But her friends decided to crash the wedding and kill everyone on sight. All except for one. Now it’s time for her to seek revenge on her former team and boss, Bill.