March 8 is hailed as International Women’s Day around the world. It is a day to celebrate being a woman and to recognize and remember the hard struggle fought by countless women throughout history to bring women to equal status with men. What should have been the natural order of things was in fact an uphill struggle and we mark March 8 on our calendars every year to salute the efforts of all who have fought for equality.
As we celebrate this day, let’s look at some Hollywood movies that gloriously celebrate women.
Based on a true story. It’s about 3 black women working for NASA and the women who shaped America’s race in space. This is the untold story of Katherine Jonson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan who were the masterminds behind astronaut John Glenn’s orbital launch. The synopsis does not do justice to the story of courage, determination and perseverance displayed by women in the face of discrimination not only against gender but also against color.
Revenge of a Blonde
It might come as a surprise, as it’s a lighthearted watch, but ‘Legally Blonde’ with its offbeat comedy did a brilliant job of aiming for ‘blonde stereotypes’. It’s a story that reminds us all not to judge a book by its cover and inspires us to believe that if you work on it, no dream is hard to achieve.
A southern society girl returns to her small town and decides to write a book about black women who have cared for white families for generations. The film is engaging, entertaining, heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once.
For those who have read the book, this one needs no explanation. “Little Women” is an inspiring ode to women who, after the Civil War, broke free from stereotypes and stood up unashamed of their thoughts and feelings.
A flawed character, a desperate single mother, a hard-working, smart worker – ‘Erin Brokovich’ is all of these and more and Julia Roberts has outdone herself playing the lead role in this film. ‘Erin Brokovich’ was based on a true story and this story will inspire women everywhere to dig deep and hold on no matter what.
Play it like Beckham
It is about a Sikh girl living with traditional Indian Sikh parents in the heart of London. Parents who expect their daughter to “be a girl”. But the girl in question only dreams of playing football and bending the soccer ball like David Beckham. This is a funny and charming story by Gurinder Chadha that will warm your heart.
There are so many more movies like this that will fill your heart with hope, joy and inspiration. And while we’re at it, as a special mention to all women who love animated movies, put ‘Moana’, ‘Brave’ and ‘Frozen’ on your bucket list. Inspirational stories of queens and princesses who don’t need a man/prince to save them. These girls are the ones we need to talk to our little girls about.