By Tatiana Tait
What are you doing in honor of Women’s History Month to celebrate the women who inspire you? Take the time to indulge in these films, which honor women who have left their mark on the world.
Hidden Figures (2016)
Based on a true story, Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, is a historical depiction of three women who made a lasting contribution to NASA’s space operation. The film takes place in the 60’s civil rights era, touching on the subjects of racial biases and the sexism these women faced in the workplace. In addition, the story highlights the achievements these women were able to make during an unprecedented time.
Former first lady Michelle Obama reflected on her life in her Netflix documentary Becoming. She sought to impact and build connections with people from all walks of life by sharing her past experiences while inspiring the future.
Knock Down the House (2019)
This Netflix documentary followed four working-class women determined to make a difference for their community. It explored the campaigns of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin and Amy Vilela during their run for the 2018 midterm elections. All from different cities, but each has a similar mission to help improve their communities and answer the people’s concerns. The film documents the struggles and the strides taken in their journey to elections.
Suffragette starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan takes place in 1912 London, during the women’s suffrage era. It is the story of women who went through great lengths to receive their “God-given right” to vote in their country. The film showed the volatility between women and the government during this time and the sacrifices made by these women who were willing to get what they deserved by any means.
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Waiting to Exhale, starring Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine, Angela Bassett and Lela Rochon, shows a true depiction of sisterhood and what it means to balance family and relationships. Now 27 years since its release, the film has left an impressionable mark on women from all walks of life. Its relatability makes this film worth the watch.