Girl Tribe Recommends: Movies

By Eliza Fogel


40 Essential Feminist Movies

Earlier this year, Harper’s Bazaar put together a list of the top 40 feminist movies every women should see. Here are a few of amazing options. First off we have Hidden Figures which was released in 2016. Hidden Figures reveals the experiences of black women working for NASA. These women tirelessly spent their days crunching numbers and performing calculations for the United State’s first space launch, and due to this movie, Katherine Johnson, Dorthoy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson have gained the recognition and praise they deserve. Next we have the Disney Pixar animated film, Moana, which tells the story of an ambitious polynesian princess who is seeking to find a demigod. Moana differs tremendously from traditional Disney movies as Moana is a strong and powerful princess on her own, and is not reliant on a man. Released in 2014, the movie Wild shares the story of Cheryl Strayed who made a solo 1,100 mile trek up the Pacific Coast Trail, one of the country’s longest and toughest trails. Wild is a great movie highlighting female determination and independence as Cheryl Strayed treks along the Pacific Coast Trail with just herself, her persistence, and a heavy backpack. Another great modern feminist film is Wonder Women, released in 2017. Played by Gal Gadot, Wonder Women is a warrior princess who fights against the shackles of man with strength and courage. Wonder Woman was such an amazing film that it made $100 million in the box office. The popular 90s classic, Clueless, is another great feminist film. Clueless celebrates the importance of female friendship as well as female sexuality. There are many scenes throughout the movie that highlights Cher,the main character, sense of self, specifically when her male friend, Elton, tries to hit on her. She puts herself and her fulfillment above finding a man, and in the end is rewarded with love and happiness. Lastly, the 1991 film Thelma & Louise tells the story of two female friends and their journey on a short fishing trip. This movie emphasizes the importance of female friendship, and both Thelma and Louise defy gender norms as they ruggedly travel through the West. 

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