Battle of the Sexes
By Charlotte Madden
In light of current events, many empowering movies have been produced in order to spread awareness of the rights and treatment of women. Battle of the Sexes, a movie recently produced in 2017, is an incredible take on the inspiring story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Billie Jean King is an American tennis player who was advocating for equal pay between men and women in the world of tennis. Bobby Riggs disagreed with her, stating, “Billie Jean King is one of the all-time tennis greats; she’s one of the superstars. She’s ready for the big one, but she doesn’t stand a chance against me. Women’s tennis is so far beneath men’s tennis; that’s what makes the contest with a 55-year-old man the greatest contest of all time.” When King finally challenged Riggs to a match and defeated him, proving him wrong, thousands of girls and women were inspired. The hope and determination of Billie Jean King will never be forgotten. The movie is a modern twist on the true story and is a must-see. This uplifting story is reassuring for girls trying to make it big in the athletic field or any girl in general.
By Chloe Cornell
A story about a mother-daughter relationship over the course of the daughter’s senior year in high school, the movie was an awards show favorite, receiving Academy Award nominations for best picture, best director, best original screenplay, best actress (Saoirse Ronan), and best supporting actress (Laurie Metcalf). It received the Critics Choice award for best comedy as well as many awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes. Written and directed by Greta Gerwig who is an outspoken supporter of Times Up.
By Chloe Cornell
The perfect women’s empowerment movie to highlight this moment in history, Wonder Woman embodies strength and independence and shatters the concept that women need men to save them. Although it was shut out of the Academy Awards, Wonder Woman was the highest grossing superhero origin film of all time, and the most successful movie directed by a woman. Female director Patty Jenkins secured a history-making salary (equal to what a male director would make) to film Wonder Woman 2. Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, is an outspoken campaigner for women’s equality and empowerment.