It’s important we have the gender equality talk with our girls. These Netflix shows and movies could help kickstart the conversation!
Now that we’re in the throes of International Women’s Month, its the perfect time to start talking to our girls about gender equality. And yes, with all that’s happened in the world — COVID-19, Trump — it’s a discussion that’s urgently needed.
Which is why we’re grateful for the folks at Netflix, who’ve released series and films that are all about girl power. From high school girls starting a feminist movement, to a young woman conquering the male-dominated world of chess, to tech start-ups led by female CEOs, these stories will inspire you and your daughters and make you ROAR.
Shows on Netflix you need to watch with your daughters, STAT!
Directed and produced by Amy Poehler, Moxie tells the story of Vivian (Hadley Robinson), a shy 16-year-old who prefers to fly under the radar. Inspired by a brave new friend and her mother’s (Poehler) rebellious past, Vivian anonymously publishes an underground zine called Moxie to expose bias and wrongdoing in her high school — and unexpectedly sparks a movement. Smart, funny, heartfelt, and inspiring, Moxie is every little girl’s perfect introduction to women empowerment. Based on the book by Jennifer Mathieu.
2. Yes Day
Allison (Jennifer Garner) is a woman who is up for any challenge and gives her all no matter what she does. When she and her husband decided to have children, she chose to quit her job so she can be there 100% for their family. And when her family agrees to have a Yes Day one day — when for 24 hours the kids make the rules — she brings her A-game no matter how big or crazy the ask.
3. Space Sweepers
Collecting space debris in the year 2092, when space has been inhabited by quite a huge number of humans, sounds like an immense challenge. Such is the job of the space crew Victory, consisting of a ragtag group of unsung geniuses led by the biggest genius of them all, the super cool, fearless and always dependable Captain Jang (Kim Tae-Ri).
4. Fate: The Winx Saga
Did someone say girl power? This live-action reimagining of the Italian cartoon series WINX CLUB by Iginio Straffi follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, friendship, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence.
Unlike most young ladies in the Regency era, Eloise (Claudia Jessie), the second daughter in the wealthy Bridgerton family, wants more out of life than just balls, dresses, and gentlemen. “Suppose I desire something different,” Eloise confides in her older brother Benedict. “I watched [older sister] Daphne prepare for these balls, with all of those dresses and the many suitors, and I am exhausted… I truly believe I am quite capable of something more.” Lucky for her, her best friend Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) is just as much of a trailblazer, proving that a lady can be just as successful without a gentleman by her side.
6. Never Have I Ever
In her high school freshman year, Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) loses her dad to a heart attack and a week later, her legs suddenly stop working. As heartbreaking as her double tragedy is, Devi does not go through it alone. Her two best friends promise to help her in their own unique ways: Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez), captain of the high school robotics team, promises to build Devi legs if she never walks again. Eleanor (Ramona Young), president of the drama club, tells Viola that, in protest, “I shan’t use my legs again.” With girlfriends like these, who needs a boyfriend, even one as hot as Paxton Hall-Yoshida?
Even without having had training as a nurse, Mildred Ratched (Sarah Paulson) is able to take over Lucia State Hospital. She is a woman on a mission, and she’s willing to do anything to accomplish it. Lucky for her, she eventually wins the trust of two women as capable as she is: Nurse Betsy Bucket (Judy Davis) and Gwendolyn Briggs (Cynthia Nixon).
Seo Dal-mi (Bae Suzy) and Won In-jae (Kang Han-na) are estranged sisters-turned-corporate rivals in this addictive Korean drama series. As CEOs of their respective start-up companies in the fictional Sandbox, Dal-mi and In-jae show that through smarts, hard work, humility, and yes, teamwork, anyone can achieve success.
So tell us, which of these will you be adding to your watchlist?