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International Women’s Day: 8 Must Watch Feminist Films #UnifiedFem

It’s International Women’s Day! Celebrate it with your favourite girls over cocktails and a marathon of movies that ooze that feminist vibe.

It’s March 8, meaning it’s officially International Women’s day. The campaign this year is #PressForProgress, a theme that encourages women to keep working towards gender parity. For the social, economical, cultural and political equality between men and women.

We’ve seen a strong global momentum for change. With movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp circulating all around the media, women are gaining confidence to finally speak up against the misogyny that’s silenced them for so many years.

Sadly, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings, gender parity is still 200 years away. That’s why we need to #PressForProgress as harder than ever by motivating other women to unite in power. Always remembering our rightful place in society, standing up against the worldly evils and never permitting another person to silence our voice.

“International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.” – International Women’s Day Campaign 

Maybe you weren’t able to take part in a IWD campaign today, but we’ve got eight feminist films to remind you about the power of womanhood.

The Help

If a movie stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone – then you know it’s going to be a hit for the ladies.

The Help beautifully depicts how strong sisterhood can make the biggest difference when fighting for change – in this case, fighting for the civil rights movement in the 1960’s.

Clueless

She doesn’t care for boys, she doesn’t care for what others think of her and she is unapologetic ally herself.

In Cher’s words, ‘I’m not a prude, I’m just highly selective.”

But also, every single one of Cher’s outfit in Clueless is. on. point.

Suffragettes 

Get your tissues ready because this one is bound to have you bawling. It takes you to the triumphant but devastating journey of the Suffragette movement.

If you need a crash course about how women got the vote a century ago, this one is for you.

The Color Purple

It’s got Oprah.

It’s all about finding your identity as a woman.

It’s got Whoopi Goldberg.

Nominated for 11 Oscars. 14 wins & 12 nominations.

Gone Girl

Amy Dunne is every man’s worst nightmare because she’s stunningly cunning and wicked that she can ruin every man’s life if she wanted to. A woman on a mission!

People analysed her as a psychopath – we say she’s a heroic genius. Watch Gone Girl to find out who Amy Dunne truly is to you.

Wild

It’s a chronicle of a woman’s 1,000 mile trek to self discovery.

Reese Witherspoon experiences the ultimate life tragedy. Instead of drowning herself in self-destructive behaviour, she decides to confront her worst enemy; herself.

Mulan

Mulan broke the chains that her culture wrapped her in, disobeyed her family to serve her own set of values and lied to the authorities to prove herself worthy.

Matilda

This special little girl proved how intelligence, a kind soul and determination can make extraordinary things happen.

Also, let’s all appreciate the stark character contrast between the feminine Miss Honey and the overly masculine Trunchbull. Kindness always wins!

Pocahontas

This Disney princess teaches us about racial prejudice, social justice and of course, feminism.

Despite romanticising colonialism, let’s focus on Pocahontas holding tight to her feminist identity by staying independent and true to her own moral rules.

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Claisse Opulencia

Editor-in-Chief of Unified. Claisse is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU. Amnesty Media Award Finalist 2018, IRN Awards Runner-up 2018 and nominated for two SPA Awards 2018.

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