Women entrepreneurs in 5 inspiring movies about self empowerment
Movies are usually inspiration for many things and today we bring you a list of 5 movies that, either for their history or their symbolism, provide different perspectives and stories on what the entrepreneurial-empowerment journey looks like for women all over the world. So, make yourself comfortable, grab some popcorn and enjoy the ride!
- Baby Boom:
Through this 1987 movie, its writers outline the perennial issues women face in business.
Management consultant J.C. Wiatt (Diane Keaton) is a successful New York business woman whose sole focus in life is her job at Sloane Curtis. She works 80 hour weeks and expects others around her to do the same. On the eve of the biggest business meeting of her career, she finds out that she has been deeded an infant named Elizabeth from a distant relative who has just passed away. A baby does not fit her life plan, but after exhausting all the other options, she decides to keep Elizabeth while still believing she can successfully climb the corporate ladder. As her focus begins to change, J.C. has to decide how best to move on with her life. She also has to figure out her priorities when a business opportunity arises.
It’s definitively a film about how women can achieve anything and find the perfect balance: to become a successful entrepreneur, while playing the admirable role of mother. Here is a really fun scene from Baby Boom:
- Girl Rising
“Girl Rising” is a social-issue documentary, in which a group of girls from all over the world act out stories adapted from their own lives by writers from their own countries, including Edwidge Danticat, Aminatta Forna and Manjushree Thapa. The first tales hit strong, the beauty of the cinematography inspire and the statistical bulletins (presented in a green field by a fleet of kids and Liam Neeson’s voice) overwhelm. In Ms. Danticat’s Haiti story, a stubborn grade schooler keeps going to class after the 2010 earthquake without paying the tuition; in Cairo a rape victim’s account to the police is artfully transmuted by her superhero fantasy, rendered in animated segments. Also covering child marriage, bonded servitude and plain old patriarchal vetoing, “Girl Rising” is didactic in arguing the need for more educational opportunities for girls and its wide-ranging effects.
We believe there are few films as inspiring as this for those who, like us on CadaVida, are committed to the development of women. Definitely not to be missed. Thanks to the Internet, here is the entire documentary:
- Julie and Julia
This is a movie about passion. Julie & Julia features the story of Julie Powell, the blogger who cooked all 524 of the recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in 365 days and documented it, in a very successful way, we may say.
Julie Child had a man she loved, friends and the ability to travel and explore, but she was utterly bored. The only thing she was really passionate about was food. She realized this almost jokingly, but it stayed with her. One day Julia decided she must find something to do related to cooking. Not long after that, Julia started her blogging project and drew the attention of publishers!
So the movie starkly portrays the strain Julie’s blog put on her marriage, as she layered hours of daily cooking and writing onto a full-time job. Often she’s shown asleep on the couch, still in her cooking garb. At one point her husband tells her, “Less food. More sex!”. In the end, everything evolves nicely. Julia found her greatest passion and her ultimate work writing the cookbook: “Mastering the Art French Cooking (for Americans)”, and the really successful blog that preceded it.
This is a film that would make you cry and laugh. Here is a funny scene from it. Enjoy it!
- Coco Before Chanel
In CadaVida we really appreciate the meaning of clothes when we talk about women’s empowerment. Gabrielle Chanel’s story tells us about how a humble girl, from the early twentieth century France, achieved her independence using her skills as a designer and trendsetter. The film is a visual ode to the Chanel universe, her taste for elegance and simplicity, which led her to banish the corsets, hats and recharged extravagant clothes, revolutionizing women’s wardrobes. The film invites to think about the conventionalisms and the courage to break with the established, in the case of Coco Chanel, both in fashion and in social and economic status. An innovative and enterprising woman, like all those that inspire us.
If you like clothes and stories about successful women entrepreneurs as much as we do, you will love this film:
- The Help
This is probably the most touching film of the 5. “The Help” debuted in August 2011 and depicts the story of a recent journalism graduate, Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), as an inquisitive reporter looking to write an exposé on the plight of the black maids as told in their own words. In the southern United States, laws were in effect which constricted the ability of the maids and their sympathizers to raise awareness regarding the social inequalities which were, at that time, culturally acceptable. At the end of the movie, the maids get their voice out and victory is won by scrutinizing their oppressors publicly and, even netter, by the fact that their white employers can’t do anything to thwart it, making the win that much better.
This movie demonstrates the way that the black community was fighting for survival and how this experience was a fraction of the collective fight for equality, made possible in the 1960s. “The Help” demonstrates a life with restricted options for subsisting as it functioned even after the struggles for equality, not only for women in general but black women as well, were first Implemented more than a century before the Jim Crow era came to an end in the 1960s. Here is a memorable sad scene from it: