Girl Power Movies To Watch With Your Daughters
I must confess we are movie buffs. We watch anything and everything.
Nothing is better than on a Saturday night sitting down with your girls for a good old fashioned movie night. Of course lot’s of popcorn is definitely required.
These days there are so many movies that have strong female characters.
It’s no longer up to the boys or men to save the day. There’s some pretty kick ass “girl power” out there too and movies are the perfect way to introduce your girls to some of it.
I have compiled a list of must see movies to watch with your daughters that have some inspiring and yes, sometimes scary female leads.
My girls encompass a range of ages, therefore I have recommended movies ranging from G to M15 age groups.
Here They Are
Disney’s first movie that proved that the heroine didn’t need a man to rescue her. Anna is a force to be reckoned with all on her own.
As the younger sister she becomes very resourceful and brave when she is called on to rescue her older sister “Ice Queen” Elsa from the evil clutches of Hans and indeed from Elsa herself.
Frozen is a movie that also depicts a great example of a close sibling relationship.
Anne Of Green Gables
Anne is one very outspoken and driven young lady for her time.
In the late 1800’s early 1900’s women were expected to be submissive to their husbands and to toe the line.
Women were not expected to have an opinion on political matters and indeed were considered intellectually inferior to that of men.
Enter Anne who proceeded to throw all those preconceived notions straight out the window and therefore shocking society in the process.
She may have felt self conscious about her red hair but with that awesome hair came a lot of fire and passion for what she believes in.
Another Disney classic that shows the strength of women in a time where it was virtually unheard of.
Mulan is one tough girl, who has to dress like a male soldier and fight in the Chinese army in the place of her ageing father.
Harry Potter 1 – 8
My girls are Harry Potter nuts and their favourite character would have to be Hermoine.
Not only is Hermoine a brave Gryffindor but she is blessed with such intellect that I doubt Harry would have even survived the first movie without her.
She really does save the day every time.
Yes, smart girls really do finish first.
The Hunger Games
Katniss volunteers as “tribute” in place of her younger sister, in a tournament that bids adolescents against one another in a fight to the death.
She shows amazing resourcefulness, intelligence, strength, compassion and loyalty in even the hardest of circumstances.
A League Of Their Own
Set in World War II at a time when the majority of young able bodied men are away serving their country, America is forced to do the unthinkable and shut down the Baseball League for the duration.
In its place they propose to hold a women’s competition to boost morale and keep the sport alive.
As a result these women leave their families and homes for endless months on the road to participate in a sport that was once considered predominantly male.
Against all odds the competition was deemed a success in an obvious anti feminist America.
At the close of the war the men returned home and the women’s Baseball League came to a close.
Baseball once again returned to the domain of the male but not before these women had made their mark.
From a girl who’s only aspiration in life is to get married, what she needed was a swift kick in the pants. Elle receives this from wimpy boyfriend Warner, or perhaps it’s incentive and it’s off to Harvard Law she goes.
After a rocky start, it’s here that Elle begins to dispel all the preconceived notions of what it means to be a “Blonde” in a male dominated environment, with some amazing results.
Legally Blonde shows us we are more than our hair colour and looks can be truly deceiving.
The Avengers/Captain America
This one might have you raising your eyebrows at its inclusion however these movies actually sport a few really kick ass women…literally.
First we have Shield Agent Peggy Carter, one of the founding members of the organisation. Peggy showed her strength and intelligence in the infancy of “Shield”. A lady who made her mark and showed that she wasn’t to be crossed.
Over time she develops a close relationship with Steve (Captain America) based on mutual friendship and respect. Until that inconvenient “freezing” incident.
Then there’s “Black Widow. Man is she scary. Apart from knowing a pretty awesome round house kick, she also shows how tough she is by overcoming a traumatic experience in her youth channeling it into the fight for good.
You can say just about every Avenger holds “Black Widow” with the utmost respect….and fear. She can even tame the wild beast of The Hulk. Is there nothing she can’t do?
Finally there’s “Scarlet Witch” who is able to manipulate probability with “Hex Bolts”. That sounds pretty cool doesn’t it! (I have no idea what they are, I’m sure my 18 year old does though)
She also an excellent fighter after being trained by Captain America and Hawkeye.
Enter a struggling single mum who goes from being unemployed and trying to support her children, to almost single handedly taking down Pacific Gas and Electric in one of the biggest class action law suits every mounted.
Erin is like a dog with a bone once she discovers residents in a nearby town are dying of cancer.
With a tough persona she encourages the victims to come forward and fight for what’s right.
Enduring rather messy breakups, a Los Angeles based movie trailer maker and a Cotswolds journalist decide to swap houses and indeed lives. This therefore leads them both to embark on journeys of self discovery.
Proving that it doesn’t matter how down and out you think you are, inevitably there is always a silver lining and purpose in life.
Indeed a very successful outcome, in becoming the “leading lady of your own life”.
Based on a true story and set in 1950’s segregated America’s “Deep South”, Skeeter embarks on the public and personal journey, to bring attention to the racial issues of the domestically employed households in Jackson Mississippi.
Along the way Skeeter encounters and fights extreme racism and sexism in an effort to get the story told.
A new born little girl is bestowed a “gift” from her Fairy Godmother at birth to make her “obedient” (every parents dream right?). Ella soon discovers how much of a burden this “gift” is, setting out on a mission to find Fairy Godmother “Lucinda” and get her to take the “gift” back.
With the help of dashing Prince Char and encountering trolls, giants, cute entertaining elves and sinister wannabe Kings, Ella takes it all in her stride to find her happy ever after.
It has a great soundtrack too.
Grace Hart is employed in the most male dominated field you can get, as an FBI agent.
When a threat is called in against the competitors of the Miss USA Beauty Pageant (sorry, my bad, Scholarship Program). Grace is the Bureaus only choice to send in as an undercover contestant.
After undergoing some pretty heavy duty “training” from the “Pageant Master” himself, Victor, Grace is all set for “World Peace” and to prove that a woman’s instinct should never be underestimated. Even in a cocktail dress and 9 inch heels.
Ella Enchanted, The Help, Legally Blonde, The Avengers – Age Of Ultron, Harry Potter are all currently screening on Netflix Australia
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