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Movies About Women’s Rights

For those looking for interesting movies to watch for Women’s History Month, these are a good place to start.

Movies About Women’s Rights

9 to 5: The Story of a Movement

In this documentary, female office workers in ’70s Boston inspire change with a call for better pay, more opportunities, and an end to sexual harassment. | Stream on Netflix

Hidden figures

Hidden Figures
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner (Actors)

Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

Suffragette

Suffragette
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson (Actors)

Suffragettes were members of militant women’s organizations in the early 20th century who, under the banner “Votes for Women”, fought for the right to vote in public elections, known as women’s suffrage.

Norma Rae

Norma Rae
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges (Actors)

Like a lot of her family before her, Norma Rae works at the local textile mill, where the pay is hardly commensurate with the long hours and lousy working conditions.

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But after hearing a rousing speech by labor activist Reuben, Norma is inspired to rally her fellow workers behind the cause of unionism.

Her decision rankles her family, especially her fiancé, Sonny, and provokes no shortage of contempt from her employers

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Filmmaker Mary Dore chronicles the events, the movers, and the shakers of the feminist movement from 1966 to 1971.

Iron Jawed Angels

Iron Jawed Angels
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Anjelica Huston (Actors)

Fiery American suffragette Alice Paul lights a fire under the older women’s leaders in Washington DC. President Wilson refuses to give all women the vote, but Paul is prepared to go to prison for her cause.

The Divine Order

The Divine Order
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig (Actors)

A young housewife challenges the status quo by fighting for women’s suffrage in 1971 Switzerland.

 

Mona Lisa Smile

Mona Lisa Smile
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ginnifer Goodwin, Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst (Actors)

Katherine Watson is a recent UCLA graduate hired to teach art history at the prestigious all-female Wellesley College, in 1953.

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Determined to confront the outdated mores of society and the institution that embraces them, Katherine inspires her traditional students including Betty and Joan to challenge the lives they are expected to lead.

A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna (Actors)

As America’s stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey.

Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan on their way to fame. Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell co-star as two of the sisters’ teammates.

North Country

North Country (2005)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean (Actors)

Single mother Josey Aimes is part of a group of the first women to work at a local iron mine in Minnesota. Offended that they have to work with women, male workers at Eveleth Mines lash out at them and subject them to sexual harassment.

Appalled by the constant stream of insults, sexually explicit language and physical abuse, Josey — despite being cautioned against it by family and friends — files a historic sexual harassment lawsuit.

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Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

Cady-Stanton and Anthony become early activists; the 1848 Seneca Falls, N.Y., rally begins the modern feminist movement.

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