One of the things that my girls and I have in common is the fact that we love movies. Not just any movie, we love excellent, inspiring films. Now that they are getting older I have created a bucket list filled with some of my favorite inspirational movies that I will be sharing with them. Here is a list of 5 Empowering Woman Movies For Young Girls and I hope that you do too.
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5 Empowering Woman Movies For Young Girls
Some of these movies are old school, but still bring out that strong feminine vibe and others are even animation movies that they watch on a weekly basis, but watching a movie sometimes is not enough. Being able to sit with my girls and experience them, while explaining the realism behind each story and the character’s belief is important for me. I also think it’s important for them to learn the meaning of these stories.
1998 Disney’s Mulan (G)
Disney brings an ancient legend to life in this animated tale of the brave Mulan, a tomboyish girl who disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns.
Disney’s Mulan not only shows a girl dressed up as a boy but one who fights in the Imperial Chinese army to do so. She believes in her heart that she too has the right to fight for her county and is standing up for the right to do so. In the process, she’s eliminating gender roles of what she is “suppose’ to do as a woman. She not only trained the same as all the men in her army but found solutions to problems no one else could, almost losing her life in the midst.
2016 Hidden Figures (PG)
In the race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, three black female mathematicians play a key role in launching astronaut John Glenn into outer space, making him the first American to orbit Earth.
I want my girls to see how these black women defeated all the odds against them in a time where not only a woman but black woman were not allowed to become more than a person behind a desk or mother. They were brilliant, inspiring, and knew what they were doing, but they did it during segregation and a male dominated work space. I want my daughters to take inspiration from these women and know that if they believe in themselves the way Katherine, Dorothy, and Mary did, they also can conquer the world.
1992 A League Of Their Own (PG)
Two small-town sisters join an all-female baseball league formed when World War II brings professional baseball to a standstill. As their team hits the road with its drunken coach, the siblings find troubles and triumphs on and off the field.
A League of Their Own is not only one of my favorite movies, but it’s a movie about following your dreams. Both of my girls love to play sports, and I want them to be able to pursue their dreams no matter what others tell them and no matter what that dream may be. The movie also shows how woman come together and stand up for something they love, even when others do not. Staying true to who you are is what will make the world a happier place, even if not everyone agrees.
2014 Belle (PG)
This period drama based on fact traces the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a biracial girl born in 1761 to a British admiral father and an African mother. Raised by her great-uncle, Dido finds her place in society despite her mixed ethnicity.
Not only is this movie based on real life events, but it gives light on how a biracial woman finds her place in society. We are a multicultural family, and at times people are surprised that my oldest daughter is mine. The fact that my husband is caucasian and I Hispanic gives both of our daughter’s unique features. One of our daughters has darker skin, dark eyes, and dark hair. While our other daughter has fair skin, light hair, and brown eyes. You can easily see the difference when they are next to each other. I want them to see how other women in history had overcome their differences, even when others didn’t accept them as they were. While still keeping their heads up high and paving the way for other women.
1988 Hairspray (PG)
Ample teen Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” — and when her dream comes true, her lively moves and bubbly personality meet with unexpected popularity. But after witnessing firsthand the terrible state of race relations in 1960s Baltimore, Turnblad becomes an outspoken advocate for desegregation. John Waters’s comedy inspired the Broadway musical of the same name.
Another favorite that is on my top movie list! There have been several versions of Hairspray done recently, such as the 2007 version with Michelle Pfeiffer and the 2016 Hairspray Live!, but although they all touch on the same subject of segregation and to love yourself no matter what size you are, my favorite is still the original. My oldest daughter has already dealt with bullying because of the way she looks and because of the things she enjoys the most. The perfect movie that every girl, no, every kid in the world should watch! Hairspray touches on how your size shouldn’t determine who you are as a person and a critical topic going on nowadays, Love is Love! It doesn’t matter what color, size, religion, gender preference, or nationality you are. The important thing in life right now is for us to treat each other with respect and love.
There are many more movies that I can think of to add to this list, but for now, we will begin with these. They are age appropriate and as my girls become a bit older I will add a few more to this list. Until we have watched as many empowering woman films as possible, because in all honesty, they are the future! We need some strong and positive woman to make a change.
All of these movies are available on DVD Netlfix!
What other movies would you add to this list?