When I was younger, I would watch modern cinematic classics like Phineas and Ferb and Harry Potter. With pretty much every single movie and TV show I would wonder: why are guys always the heroes? I want to be the hero! Being a girl is the worst! It’s not nearly as fun as being a guy – they get to build awesome inventions, and we just have to ruin it for everyone by telling Mom!
Well, no longer! Because I watch way too many TV and movies, I have put together a list of my favorite* modern media that makes me PROUD to be a girl! Enjoy!
*this is a very subjective list as it is only shows and movies that I have seen and thought “wow much empowerment” – I know I didn’t include many, and I am sorry!
What, like I wasn’t going to open with this? Let me just tell you: if all guys feel the same way with any superhero movie that I felt after watching this movie, I want to live in their world. I was ready to kill somebody as I walked out of the theater.
Parks and Recreation
Leslie Knope is one cool gal and also should be president and also I love this show.
Mulan saved China. Now China leads the world in exports. You go, Mulan.
Merida is a boss and has inspired a generation of terrible Scottish impressions. That’s all.
Queen of Katwe
Phiona dominated the chessboard and also my heart! This movie deserved way more hype.
Obligatory – they solved space.
Just a warning – this movie is UPSETTING. But all these girls are so strong and amazing and you will cry tears of joy as well as sadness when they share their stories. 10/10 would recommend!
Viola Davis is in this movie, and she is my idol. Another great movie about women sharing their stories and creating change! Plus the cast is nearly 100% female, which is cool.
This time, Sandra Bullock solves space. Also UPSETTING, but for different reasons, namely space and its existence as a deep empty void where no one except a George Clooney hallucination will help you.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Let’s just talk for a sec about how Kimmy Schmidt basically lost her entire childhood while kidnapped by a delusional cult leader and STILL loves life. What a boss.
Game of Thrones
Yes, there is a lot of sexualization of women in this show. No excuses there. BUT, (spoiler alert) at the moment, the two leaders of opposing armies are both women! Plus Sansa is basically a queen! And Arya is the best murderer in the whole land! Women are rocking Westeros!
Liz Lemon is everything I dream to be. She has a great career, great friends (sometimes), and ends the show with a great family – all without sacrificing who she is. We can have it all – relationships and careers and night cheese! Liz is truly an inspiration.
Anyway, this is my not-very-exhaustive list of female portrayals in the media that make me proud to be a girl. I’m sure I missed many. Thank you for indulging me. Now indulge yourselves and watch a good female-led movie!