Top 5 Movies with Strong Leading Women

March 8th is International Women’s Day. Even though women’s rights can be fought for year-round, International Women’s Day is recognized as a day to reflect upon the progress that has been made and to #pressforprogress in the years to come. So in honor of International Women’s Day, we decided to list our top 5 movies with a strong female lead role!

Posted on Mar 08, 2018 by Sophia Klippvik  | Tags: blog, film, International Women's Day

G.I. Jane (1997)

A powerful movie that shows the amazing physical and mental strength of a woman.

After a female Senator succeeds in enrolling Jane into the Navy in order to fight gender inequality in enrollment, Jane has to prove that she is tough enough to complete the training course where everyone expects her to fail.

Legally Blonde (2001)

The movie that introduced the “bend and snap” and proved to women everywhere that one can accomplish anything even when everyone underestimates you.

Elle Woods has expectations to be proposed to by her boyfriend Warner, only to be dumped by him because she is not serious enough for his political aspirations. After applying to Harvard Law School in order to win him back, she discovers that he is engaged to another woman and doesn’t think she has what it takes to be a law student. Elle changes her ambition from winning back Warner to proving to everyone that she does have what it takes. 

Moana (2016)

A Disney animated film about a determined girl who discovers the strength within herself while on a journey to save her people.

Moana, the daughter of the chief of a Polynesian village, is chosen by the ocean to reunite the mystical pounamu stone with the goddess Ta Fiti after it was stolen by Maui, the demigod, causing a blight to strike her island, rotting the coconuts and dwindling the fish population. She goes against her father’s orders to never sail beyond the reef in order to return the stone to Ta Fiti and restore life back to her island. 

Hidden Figures (2016)

A drama about the amazing true story of three black women who worked at NASA and crossed all gender and racial barriers to inspire millions.

In 1961, Katherine Jonson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were mathematicians who worked as human computers in the gender segregated division at the Langley Research Center in Virginia. Katherine is the first black woman to be promoted to the team after her analytical skills are recognized, and she becomes a huge part behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn. 

Wonder Woman (2017)

A superhero film based on the DC Comics that tells the story of a heroine who really puts the “power” in “girl-power.”

After a WW1 pilot crashes on her island and tells of the conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior, leaves her home to help fight and defeat the “Godkiller” in hopes that it will end the war, discovering her full powers and true destiny along the way.

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