Women’s International Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, and cultural achievements of women. On this day to be proud to be a women and to look back at how far we’ve all come. Here is a list of films to watch on women’s day that will motivate, inspire and empower you.
A motivational biography starting Salma Hayek who plays Frida an internationally recognized icon that suffered through tragedies, including health disabilities and infidelity by her husband Diego Rivera, was able to surpass it all and succeed through her art. She is known for all her beautiful dark paintings that are worth a lot. This film is inspiring to watch on women’s days because it portrays all of Frida’s life from the beginning until the end and will make you proud to be one strong resilient woman.
“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly – Frida Kahlo”
An ambitious, recent college graduate “Andy” (Anne Hathway) lands a job working for a famous and vicious editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) of a New York fashion magazine. She faces challenges about her appearance and lack of fashion knowledge but proves everyone wrong, including Miranda. This is the film to watch on women’s day because it will motivate you not to give up and pursue what your heart desires regardless of other peoples opinions.
“A million girls will kill for this job – Miranda Priestly”
3. Legally Blond
Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) a girl who won many beauty pageants, president of her sorority and pursuing a fashion career gets suddenly dumped by her longtime boyfriend Warner, because she is “too blond”. She wants to win Warner back by applying for Harvard University but later realizes that regardless of her hard work and dedication he doesn’t believe in her. Through obstacles she achieves her goal to attend Harvard and become a lawyer, but most importantly gains her self-worth. If you want to feel empowered this film will motivate you to believe in yourself and not let no man make you feel otherwise.
“Most of all you must always believe in yourself – Elle Woods”
A brave young girl Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) who was limited to the world because she was born a girl saves her father by taking his place in war. She disguised herself as a boy and fights through war proving to everyone that she is strong and capable. She encounters challenges through war and even falls in love, but at the end she brings honor to her family and nation when she saves them all from the enemy. If you’re looking to feel proud to be a women this film is the one to watch because it will motivate you to be brave and take chances.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all”- Mulan
5. Mona Lisa Smile
In the 1950’s a progressive teacher Ms. Watson (Julia Roberts) in an all-female college motivates and gives the female students empowerment to pursue a career and be more than just a wife. She builds a strong relationship with a group of girls Betty Warren (Kristen Dunst), Joan Brandwyn (Julia Stiles), Giselle Levy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and Connie Baker (Ginnifer Goodwin). She influences them about gender equality, independence and self-value. This film is about women empowering one another which is essential to watch on women’s day.
“They had everything. She showed them more.”
6. Wonder Women
We all know her as Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) but before she was Diana, princess of the Amazons and trained to be an unbeatable warrior. She was raised on a sheltered island paradise, she meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who informs her about the immense conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, she leaves her home for the first time. She fights alongside men in a war to end all wars, finally discovers her full powers and true destiny and becomes Wonder Women. This film will make you feel stronger and confident to be a women on women’s day, it is a must to watch.
“I’m willing to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. -Wonder Women”