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6 Empowering Movies & Shows Every Woman Should Watch

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7 Empowering Movies & Shows Every Woman Should Watch

Want to celebrate International Women's Day? Or maybe you just need the inspiration to help you through a tough day. Then you should check these six empowering movies and shows every woman should watch to feel inspired and get her groove back.

  1. Hidden Figures (2016)
  2. Erin Brockovich (2000)
  3. Mulan (1998)
  4. Miss Scarlet & the Duke (2020)
  5. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)
  6. Funny Woman (2023)

Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures tells the story of a team of female African American mathematicians who played a vital role in the early years of the NASA United States space program. 

Each faced challenges in their department, dealt with condescending superiors and coworkers, worked hard to break the system and change the rules, and proved how they were better than society's perception.

It's hard enough to be a woman in a male-dominated environment in the 60s, much more for women of color. But these empowering women didn't surrender, so their names went down in history.

Lessons I learned from Hidden Figures 

  • Persistence pays.
  • The team is as good as their mentor.
  • If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. 
  • Don't settle for a dead end when you can make a detour.
  • Advocate for and support other women.
  • Believe in your abilities even when others don't.

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Based on the true story of a single mother who becomes a legal assistant and helps to win a landmark case against a major corporation, this film inspires every woman struggling. You may call it the desperation of a single mom who wants to feed her kids that got Erin Brocovich's foot inside the door. But her wit, heart to help the victims, and grit made her the millionaire she is today. 

Lessons I learned from Erin Brockovich

  • Be unapologetically you.
  • Follow your instincts.
  • Use what you have because what you have is enough.
  • The goodness you give will come back to you a hundredfold.
  • Behind every woman's success is herself - and an understanding partner.
  • Look at everything as an opportunity; to network, learn, and move forward.
  • Let the people in your life know how much they mean to you before it's too late.

Mulan (1998) 

This animated film tells the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man to take her father's place in the army and save China from invaders. 

Following tradition and family rules is difficult when your heart tells you otherwise. Mulan was only 16 when she left to join the army. You can only imagine her fear, knowing what lies ahead. 

She could get persecuted by her own people if they found out who - or what - she was and could die in the battle. But that did not deter her from protecting her father and her family.

Lessons I learned from Mulan

  • Work smarter, not harder.
  • Do it afraid.
  • It's okay even if you don't feel like you belong. You are meant to create your own path.
  • Faith it til you make it.
  • Don't let your gender, age, or present situation define your destiny.

Miss Scarlet and the Duke (2020)

This series is about Eliza Scarlet, a female detective who wants to keep her father's legacy alive and follow her passion for solving crimes at a time when women who spoke up or had their own careers were still taboo. 

But, because of her limited resources and polite society's rules, she has to work double, resort to unconventional and sometimes unlawful methods, and seek her childhood friend Detective William Wellington's help to keep her business afloat and help victims find justice. 

You'll love Eliza's mischief and wit, her love-hate banter with William, the thrill of her next case and career move, or where their complex friendship will lead them.

Lessons I learned from Miss Scarlet and the Duke

  • Have gumption even in the face of those who don't believe in you.
  • Don't sacrifice your happiness and passion for following society's standards.
  • Things will not always go as always have a Plan B.
  • Be humble enough to ask for help.
  • It pays to be observant and patient.
  • If the door closes, climb through the window. (Literally is the case for Eliza in the show)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)

Miriam "Midge" Maisel was accidentally discovered in a comedy bar after her husband left her. A female standup comic was unheard of in the 50s. But she gets sexist comments and unfair treatment because she's not only pretty but also funnier and wittier than the men in the industry. But, of course, that doesn't stop Midge from being the marvelous force that she is.

Lessons I learned from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

  • Don't dim your light for others to shine.
  • Embrace who you are and use your strength to your advantage.
  • Don't run after someone who doesn't see your value.
  • Keep the people who believe in you.
  • Know when to prioritize yourself.
  • Be open to change.
  • Break the mold, even when your own family doesn't support you.

Funny Woman (2023)

Another series about a woman breaking the mold, Funny Woman, is based on Nick Horby's Funny Girl book It is about Barbara Parker, a girl from Blackpool who's got her future lined up for her, a beauty queen working in her father's factory, and a fiance who adores her. 

But that's not what she wants. Instead, she wants to build a career doing comedy. Fighting sexism and finding her own voice, Funny Woman is a delight to watch. 

Lessons I learned from Funny Woman

  • Don't settle for the good life when you can have a great one.
  • Don't let rejection discourage you from moving forward.
  • Be tenacious with your dreams.

What empowering movies and shows about remarkable women who dare make a difference do you watch to inspire you? 

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  1. I loved Erin Brockovich and Hidden Figures. I want to check out Funny Woman

  2. Thanks for sharing this list! I've seen a few of these but not all. I love media that empowers women.

  3. Thanks for listing these. Some I've seen but others are new to me and I'd like to check them out! Also, thanks for coming by Marmlade Gypsy. It's lovely to meet you!

  4. I've never heard of the "Hidden Figures" movie, but it sounds pretty interesting.