#Movies & TV
9 Girl-Power Documentaries On Netflix That Will Inspire You
by Maggie Dickman
With stories that are both thought provoking and inspiring, these Netflix documentaries uncover the trials and triumphs of women in the most inspiring way.
“Wherever there’s a glass ceiling, there is an iron woman right underneath it.”
Documentaries like The Women’s List have messages that ring true, and Netflix is rich with documentaries proving that the fight for female equality is far from over, but we are not alone in our efforts for making a change. From women who have paved the path to where we are today, to ladies who are currently on the forefront of the feminism movement, we’ve never felt more empowered.
It’s time to let the Netflix binge-watching ensue in the most important way.
1. The Women’s List
What do Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Betsey Johnson, and Margaret Cho all have in common? They’re all badass women who’ve overcome gender inequality to make their voices heard. The Women’s List introduces 15 women who have overcome gender barriers and talk more about their influences, achievements, and motivation. If you want to feel empowered, give this documentary a watch, stat.
2. Miss Representation
As a culture, women are seemingly brought up to be insecure. Exploring women’s under-representation in positions of power, while challenging the limited and oftent belittling portrayals of women in the media, Miss Representation calls out the BS and encourages women to write their own stories. The need for ladies to find their voice and speak out for change is one of the most powerful things, and this documentary provides the strength young women need to make that happen.
3. The Ascent Of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story
The Ascent Of Woman explores the history of the restraints that have been placed on women’s sexuality and speech, but, even more, it celebrates the women who have confronted these limits and made their own power. The documentary retells the stories of the women, who wrote their own history in an attempt to change the world, and nothing inspires us to make a change even more.
4. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. “You’re not allowed to retire from women’s issues,” the documentary shouts, and showing all the difficulties and accomplishments that arose in the women’s movement at its core is a message we all need to see as we continue to fight for a voice today.
5. What Happened, Miss Simone?
What Happened, Miss Simone? tells the story of a Nina Simone, the artist and activist who found a purpose for the stage—becoming an artist who truly reflected the times. Through telling her story, the documentary exposes the story of the woman who put everything she had into fighting for change during the Civil Rights Movement.
6. Finding Traction
“Women need to take our place in professional sports, and we need to show that we are worth watching,” Nikki Kimball says in Finding Traction. Set out to become the fastest person in history to run America’s oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail, Kimball pushes physical and mental boundaries in her endeavor. Her internal power is inspiring for anyone who is set to fight for their dreams.
7. My Beautiful Broken Brain
With a message surrounding strength, My Beautiful Broken Brain tells the story of Lotje Sodderland’s recovery and response to the challenges she faces after a stroke stripped her of the skills she needed to function day-to-day. Documenting her struggles, setbacks, and breakthroughs, it’s a message of hope for people who may feel as though they’ve lost it all. Sodderland proves that finding the positives — and never giving up — is the most important thing.
8. Audrie & Daisy
Audrie & Daisy takes a hard look at the issues faced by American teenagers who are coming of age in the world of social media bullying and rape culture. This story isn’t easy to watch, but seeing women come together in an effort to bring change to the way the world views sexual assault is one of the most important ways to build a dialogue in society today.
9. A Ballerina’s Tale
“I don’t think that the classical ballet world will ever accept me. I’m black, I have a large chest, I’m muscular,” iconic ballerina Misty Copeland says in this inspiring documentary that explores issues of body image, racisim, feminism, and art. We all know now that Copeland is the first black female principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, but in this documentary, we get to hear her whole story in her own words.
What documentaries do you think should be added to this list?