Women’s Day – 4 Inspirational Movies
Today is a very special day. It’s the International Women’s Day! Not that I think that we need an specific day for ourselves, but it’s an important day that makes everyone remember women’s value and the fight for equal rights!
So for today’s post, I have picked four movies based on true stories that share the life of strong women who made history. I’ll start with one that may be controversial, but which I believe it is an important one!
Vessel is a documentary that tells the story of a Dutch doctor named Rebecca Gomperts. As she didn’t agreed with the anti-abortion laws, she decided to set up a clinic in a sailboat and offer a safe abortion to women world-wide.
In the year 2000, she founded the Women on Waves, a project that aimed preventing unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions. At the age of 49, she still devotes her life and her work helping women to safely terminate pregnancies.
According to WHO, 21.6 million women undergo unsafe abortion every year and 18.5 million come from developing countries. Not to say that from the total number, 47,000 die every year due to complications.
I really support the free will. I believe that every woman should have the right to do what she pleases with her body. I might not agree with all of it, but at the end, each one of us will bear the consequences of living with our own conscience.
Click here to see the trailer!
Suffragette is a movie in the early 20th century were an activist movement in Britain was created to fight for the right to women to vote. This movement was mainly formed by women, but there were men that also supported it.
The film was inspired by the true story of Emmeline Pankhurst, performed by Meryl Streep. She founded the WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union) in 1903 and encouraged militant actions against the government. In six years, she was arrested 13 times and this only ended with the advent of World War I.
Despite Emmeline being the woman who inspired the film, there were others at the role that also made part of this movement. Moreover, the main actress is not Meryl Streep, but Carey Mulligan that plays Maud Watts.
The Hidden Figures is a recent movie and was released in 2016. It tells the story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked at NASA during the space race.
The film shows the inclusion of women to a men dominated work environment and especially of the African-American women in an extremely racist era. Katherine and her colleagues worked with mathematical calculations until they were replaced by computers and redirected to other positions.
An epilogue shows that Katherine was the one who calculated the trajectories for the Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 missions!
She is still alive, turns 100 in 2018 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
To watch the trailer, click here!
This film tells the real story of Erin Brockovich, played by Julia Roberts. It is a drama of a mother who gets involved in a car accident, sues the other driver, but ends up losing.
With that, she starts working at her lawyer’s office. When she receives some files of a real estate case related to the Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), she realizes there are medical reports with it. As her research goes on, she discovers that many employees had their health affected and decides to fight for them.
At the time, she was highly criticized and judged because of the way she dressed and behaved. However, her stronger desire to change those peoples lives, made her gain others respect.
Today, she still works as a paralegal and environmental activist. To watch the trailer, click here!
Let’s never allow people to turn us down just because we are women …
… and I hope these movies inspire you to do and be whatever you want! Our success depends only on ourselves!
Wishing you all a beautiful day!
Happy Women’s Day!
Lili is half Peruvian, half Brazilian, a dreamer Pisces kind of girl, curious, life lover and travel addicted! She`s been to 53 countries, loves to explore different cultures and to travel to the most unusual destinations. Currently lives in Finland, is a monthly columnist for the website Brasileiras pelo Mundo (a Brazilian platform of expat women) and founder of Hey, I am Lili. She believes that the most important things in life are to laugh out loud, a good wine and people she loves always around anywhere in this world!