International Women’s Day was held on March 8th around the world and this year’s theme was “Each for Equal” which signified equal access to opportunities for both women and men. It is important to understand and acknowledge the struggles that women face in order to be taken seriously and make their mark in a largely patriarchal society.
Here are our top five feminist films that you need to watch this weekend that will make you think, laugh, cry and feel inspired:
Julia Roberts starred in one of the most path-breaking films of that time as a strong, assertive young woman with a burning ambition to get justice not only for herself but for all the women around her. She played this independent mother of three with so much abandon and conviction, it is bound to inspire you. You can stream Erin Brockovich on Netflix.
Spearheaded by a trio of immensely talented actors like Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson, and Janelle Monáe, the film narrates the little-known story of African American women working at NASA who play a pivotal role in launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit, while battling crucial issues such as racial and gender discrimination at the workplace. This achievement paved the way for bigger, more confident projects by NASA. Hidden Figures is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix.
Isn’t it Romantic
Rebel Wilson is one of the current generation’s most relatable icons. Whether it is her body positivity, nonchalant attitude or her witty candour, Wilson has channeled the voice of millennials across the globe. Her character is dead set against romantic comedies for the impossibly high standards they set until she’s magically transported to this alternate universe where she’s in a cheesy movie. Through the course of the movie, Wilson’s character realizes that the most important thing is to love yourself. Isn’t it Romantic is a Netflix original movie.
Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic navigates us through the familiar lives of Joe March and her sisters post the Civil War with such timelessness that the narrative seems so relevant even in today’s day and age. Little Women is streaming on Amazon Prime.
Mona Lisa Smile
This may be considered a gender-bender rendition of Dead Poet’s Society. Set in the 1950s it has Julia Roberts at the helm of affairs as this empowered art teacher who wants her students to challenge their traditionally-hardwired notions and lead lives that are more meaningful. Mona Lisa Smile is also available on Netflix.