It is the month of March. This month is Women’s History Month here in the United States of America. Women’s History Month is an important time to remember strong and capable women who effect America.
Sometimes it may seem like this world is controlled by men. Men control politics. Men control Hollywood. Men control Wallstreet. But the truth is this: men need to make space for women out there. Women are smart. They are driven. They can achieve anything that a man can achieve… all before five o’clock when dinner needs to be set on the kitchen table.
Here is a list of five movies that are about strong women. These movies are something to inspire you to believe in women as they try to make their place in the world… regardless of the gender-norms and pitfalls that may be out there:
- Little Women (2019)
“Little Women” is a wonderful movie for any young woman out there. “Little Women” is based-off of a book of the same name. The book is written by the author named Louisa May Alcott.
“Little Women” is about four young woman who grow-up during the Civil War era. The four girls are named Meg March (or Margaret March), Jo March (or Josephine March), Amy March (or Amelia March), and Beth March (or Elizabeth March.) The four women struggle to live and to thrive without their father. Their father is a soldier in the War. The fours’ mother, who they call “Marmee,” is the center of the family’s lives at home.
Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth are smart, thoughtful, and determined girls. They have big dreams. They have big hopes. The question is whether or not the world is ready for them all.
“Little Women” is an enjoyable movie to watch. I think many women will love this movie if they give-it-a-shot.
2. Blue Crush (2002)
The movie named “Blue Crush” is very different from the previous movie that I mentioned above. However, it does have one thing in common. It is a movie that stars strong, fierce, and passionate women.
“Blue Crush” is about a young woman named Anne-Marie Chadwick. Anne-Marie loves to surf. She loves to surf with her two best girl-friends named Eden and Lena. She also has a younger sister who is named Penny Chadwick. Anne-Marie takes care of Penny.
Anne-Marie hopes to surf at a surfing contest that may be exactly what she needs to turn her life around. But can Anne-Marie do what she wants to do at the surfing contest despite trauma from a past fall off of her surf board?
This is a great movie that showcases a woman’s ability to lead in sports… despite what anyone else says or thinks.
3. A League of their Own (1992)
“A League of their Own” is an older movie that was made in the 1990’s era. However, it is still a great classic movie that high-lights what women can do.
“A League of their Own” is about two women: Dottie Hanson and Kit (Katherine) Hanson. Dottie and Kit are scouted for a new baseball league. This league will be for women only. Kit is excited to be a part of the baseball league… Dottie is hesitant to join. After some convincing, Dottie agrees to join the league with Kit.
In the end, Dottie and Kit’s lives diverge from one another. Kit loves to play baseball for the women’s league. However, Dottie wants to focus on having a family and on starting a home.
This movie high-lights different paths that women’s lives can take if they so choose. It is also a great movie about baseball.
4. Bend It like Beckham (2002)
“Bend it Like Beckham” is another movie that focuses on women and on sports. “Bend it Like Beckham” is about a British-Indian girl. Her name is Jess. Jess loves soccer (though the sport is named “football” in Great Britain.) Jess is asked to join a women’s soccer league that is only for women. Jess is excited for the opportunity.
However, Jess’ family are not. The idea of Jess playing for this women’s soccer league goes against her family’s wishes for Jess.
A girl on the team who is named Jules convinces Jess to strike-out despite her parents’ wishes for her. Jess makes her way on the women’s soccer team. And it is everything that she could dream of.
This movie is another great one that showcases the fact that women can do what men can do… if they are just given the chance to do so.
5. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
“Mona Lisa Smile” is a different movie than “Blue Crush” and “Bend it Like Beckham.” It is about women in academics… not women in sports. However, it has a similar idea behind it. “Mona Lisa Smile” is about women doing what they need to do to win out there in the world.
“Mona Lisa Smile” is about three women. First, there are two women who are students at Wellesley College. Wellesley College is a women’s only college. There is Joan Brandwin. Next, there is Bettie Warren. The two are driven women who are students at Wellesley College.
Finally, there is the two’s professor. She is new to Wellesley College. Her name is Katherine Anne Watson.
Katherine Anne Watson hopes to teach at Wellesley College to mold and to shape the minds of young ladies. Joan and Bettie are two such students. However, Bettie wants a traditional path after college. She hopes to get married and to set-up a home with her husband.
Joan has the opportunity to make-it at Harvard Law School if she chooses to apply. However, that means that her life with her new husband will have to be put on hold.
Both Joan and Bettie are shaped by Katherine Anne Watson’s teachings. And the two’s lives are changed forever.
I hope you check-out some of these movies in this month of March. These movies are strong female-centric movies that can inspire you to achieve great things. They are also movies that can help to break-down old stereotypes that place women in a box.
The fact of the matter is… women can do it all. They always could… and they will continue to do so.