Women-empowering films for International Women's Day

Women-empowering films for International Women's Day

Celebrate International Women's Day tomorrow with these women-empowering films. Bibi Nurshuhada Ramli lists her pick

My Fair Lady (1964)

1 These days, class discrimination isn't apparent but this classic adaptation of the Broadway musical sent a strong message to women back then. Because of a bet, a phonetics professor works on transforming a poor flower girl into a high society lady. Mainly, it tells viewers that misogyny and class discrimination aren't welcome in any day and age.

Mulan (1998)

2 The Chinese legend of a girl who breaks tradition to spare her old father from having to fight in a war, is pictured in Disney's animated feature. The filial maiden impersonates a soldier and replaces her father. With hard work, she finds the strength, intelligence and capability that carries her through the war, and ends up saving China. Mulan teaches young viewers that girls are capable of doing what boys can.

Charlie's Angels (2000)

3 Three hot, sassy and butt-kicking girls - who better to represent Girl Power? The Angels - Natalie, Dylan and Alex - are detectives and martial arts experts who find themselves involved in a criminal plot that eventually sets them as assassination targets. Equipped with knowledge on technology and combat to fight crime, the three are the epitome of on-screen female heroes.

Erin Brockovich (2000)

4 An unemployed single mother with troubles at home becomes a legal assistant without any academic background in law. She, almost single-handedly, fights to bring down a big California power company that is responsible for causing water pollution. Julia Robert's engaging portrayal of the character, based on a real person, engaged viewers to relate to what Erin is going through.

Legally Blonde (2001)

5 Fashion major and sorority queen Elle Woods enrols in Harvard law school to get her ex-boyfriend back. What she ends up gaining is self-discovery, confidence and a new passion for the legal profession. Ex-boyfriend be damned. She shatters perceptions about blondes and proves everyone wrong. Reese Witherspoon helps create a character who inspires.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

6 Hilary Swank earned her second Best Actress Oscar through her portrayal of a struggling waitress who is determined to become a professional boxer.

Swank adds oomph to the character by displaying much strength and determination in her performance.

Her will power and perseverance, despite the many roadblocks that are in her way, are also inspiring to viewers.

Sex And The City (2008)

7 Four friends and fashionistas - Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes - share stories of love, heartbreaks, empowerment and forgiveness in New York. Based on the hit TV series of the same name, the movie version spawned a sequel in 2010.

Precious (2009)

8 Gabourey Sidibe wowed everyone with her performance as a pregnant illiterate teen, set in 1987, and earned nominations at several award events.

The girl, Precious, leads a suppressed life. When she enrols in an alternative school, there is a positive change in her life. Precious learns to follow her dreams and stand up to her abusive mother.

The Help (2011)

9 This award-winning movie with an all-star cast is set in the 1960s, during the Civil Rights movement. It centres on some socially prominent women and their appalling treatment towards their African-American hired help. Aspiring writer Skeeter (Emma Stone) interviews a maid. Soon, more begin to open up about their frustrations and racial equality.

Brave (2012)

10 Headstrong Merida may be a princess but this firecracker does not want to follow age-old traditions. She makes a terrible mistake that requires her to set things right and discovers herself and the importance of family. The film teaches parents to promote individuality in their children, while the children learn that it is okay to be different.


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