“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” -Ayn Rand
Happy International Women’s Day! We now live in a unique time when women are celebrated for their achievements in society as well as in the home. Now more than ever we see women being encouraged to participate in higher education and careers that were commonly thought of as male dominate.
Although these accomplishments were great, they didn’t come without their share of hardships. These feats seemed impossible especially for a woman but as most women know, we are too stubborn to give in. I want to highlight 3 films that depict women who overcome astronomical feats and provide a hope for the future generation of women.
- Erin Brockovich
Julia Roberts stars in this Academy Award winning film about a single mother who takes down a 28 billion dollar corporation by rallying the small town of Hinkley, California. Broke, unprofessional, and determined she investigates a case in which she discovers that the small town is being poisoned by contaminated water from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She reaches out to each member of the community, gathers samples, and pushes the odds in order to make PG&E confess their mistake to the people of Hinkley. With no experience and strong interpersonal skills she helps to bring a settlement of 333 million dollars back to the inflicted town. If that’s not empowering, I don’t know what is.
2. The Iron Lady
Margaret Thatcher was strong, inflexible and landed the nickname the “Iron Lady” for good reason. Meryl Streep’s performance exhibits exactly what Margaret Thatcher believed her whole life: strong character can change everything. It was never predicted that a woman would serve as one of the longest prime ministers of the United Kingdom but she ruled with force and grace. It is no secret that her stances conflicted with that of members of her party however, she was adamant in doing what she felt was best for the people she swore to protect. She earned the respect of her people and many rulers of nations all around the world. “We will stand on principle… or we will not stand at all.” Surely Margaret Thatcher’s influence has paved the way for all women who desire to change the world no matter what their challenges seem to be. Nothing was too great to undertake for the Iron Lady.
3. A League of their Own
Women playing baseball? Yes and they are mighty good at it! During the war baseball managers were afraid of losing money while the players were off fighting so they recruited new players from the home and began the All American Girls Baseball League. This movie is a light hearted depiction of the struggles and eventual success of the league and how women gained confidence outside the kitchen. The league continued for nearly 10 years after the war and was a prime example that sports were not just for men.
These are just a few movies that celebrate womanhood and the triumphs that we have seen through decades of hard work. Hard work and strong character made the difference for these women, what will it do for you?