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8 films with empowering women that you need to watch

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Battle of the Sexes is the latest girl power film to be released last month, an American biographical sports film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

The film depicts the events leading up to the 1973 match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), and their personal lives. In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the 'Battle of the Sexes' and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.

Battle of the Sexes is following some of the greatest feminist films and it will be hard to live up to what has already been screened. Take a look at some of the great female empowerment films which have graced the big screen.

1) Kill Bill (2003)
Tarantino had said that the film was a feminist statement: "A film about girl power." The film stars Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Julie Dreyfus, Lucy Liu and Michael Madsen. The film follows one-time elite assassin The Bride, as she wakes up from a five-year coma to get her revenge against Bill, the man who had wronged her, and his murderous associates.

2) Matilda (1996)
An American children's fantasy comedy based on Roald Dahl's novel that was directed by Danny DeVito, the name Matilda means “strength in battle". The film stars Mara Wilson, DeVito, Embeth Davidtz, and Pam Ferris. Matilda teaches children that women can be strong and smart as well as powerful. The most important thing is to believe in oneself.

3) Mulan (1998)
Mulan is an everyday girl with relatable problems. She knows who she is, but all the same wrestles with feelings of inadequacy since that does not conform to the ideals and behavior considered normal for the young women of her village. Mulan provides viewers with a relatable role model whose daring exploits and journey of self-acceptance embody a positive, attainable example of female empowerment.

4) 10 things I Hate About You (1999)
10 Things I Hate About You promotes female independence. The film is a modern take of William Shakespeare's late-16th century comedy The Taming of the Shrew. Following Kat, a feminist's dream, who doesn't conform to anyone's standards, goes from being the most popular girl in school to being a social recluse and proves that you don't have to be anything other than yourself to be accepted.

5) Legally Blonde (2001)
Elle Woods, played by the one and only Reese Witherspoon, proves that she has both beauty and brains in this hilarious film that shows just how powerful female friendships and believing in yourself can be. She maymbe blonde, likes wearing pink, has a chihuahua named Bruiser, but theres more to her than that as she’s a Harvard law student.

6) Bend it Like Beckham (2002)
A film directed by Gurinder Chadha with amstrong theme of female empowerment runs throughout the film. The idea that girls shouldn’t play football is turned on its head in this film about friendship, culture and parental expectations. Not only are the two main characters fantastic sports women and firm friends, they also fight against the female stereotypes that we learn from a young age.

7) Suffragette (2015)
A British historical period film about the women's suffragette movement directed by Sarah Gavron, the film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff and Meryl Streep. Following the story of a young mother who chooses to fight for the movement after growing tired of the injustices suffered by women. It will make you proud to be a woman and grateful to those who fought for the rights we enjoy today.

8) Hidden Figures (2016)
The film tells the untold true story of the African American women mathematicians, who worked at NASA, when racial segregation was in full swing. It shows tightly-knit families, an old-fashioned innocent courtship, loyal friendships and shows its empowered heroines loving their families, going to church, and nurturing each other instead of pulling each other down.

 

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