10 films to inspire you this Women’s History Month

Experience and honor the achievements of women through cinematic adventure

Sitting down to watch a movie is one of the greatest past-times. Now, in a month dedicated to honoring and remembering the achievements of women throughout history, as well as honoring women making history now, what better way to learn a woman’s story than through a film all about her?

So we’ve put together a list that not only honors strong women, but also looks at some of the struggles women have gone through while working for equality,

9 to 5 (1980)

Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, the comedy follows what happen when three women have had enough of their sexist and egotistical boss.

Working Girl (1988)

Melanie Griffith stars as a frustrated secretary who is trying to get ahead, but has to battle her boss in order to do so.

A League of Their Own (1992)

With an all-star cast, the comedy follows the stories of several women who step in to take the place of men in the world of Major League Baseball when all the men are shipped off for WWII.

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Julia Roberts stars as a rough-around-the-edges but street smart single mother that takes on Pacific Gas & Electric Company on behalf of a neighborhood suffering from cancers.

Legally Blonde (2001)

Reese Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, a rich fashion-obsessed socialite turned successful Harvard law student. Her story proves you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

Frida (2002)

Salma Hayek plays a Mexican artist, who along with Diego Rivera, took the art world by storm.

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Julia Roberts stars as a modern woman teaching art at Wellesley College in the 1950s, trying to help her art students reach their full potential in a time when women seemed to merely be biding time to marry.

Hidden Figures (2016)

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae star as Katherine Gobels Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three African-American mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of NASA’s greatest missions ever.

On the Basis of Sex (2018)

The true story of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her rise to serving as a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice and her fight for equal rights.

Little Women (2019)

The latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, focusing on four sisters in the Civil War-era, all determined to live their lives as they see fit.

Honorable Mentions

These aren’t films, but The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit show the examples of strong women. The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to the monarchy, including the stories of Princess Diana. The Queen’s Gambit follows the story of orphan Beth Harmon and her determination to be the best at chess in the 1960s at a time where women were not regarded as star players.

About the Author:

Tara Evans is an executive producer and has been with News 6 since January 2013. She currently spearheads News 6 at Nine and specializes in stories with messages of inspiration, hope and that make a difference for people -- with a few hard-hitting investigations thrown in from time to time.