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Inspiring women: film edition

Inspiring women are everywhere. Last week bought you inspiring women on TV and this week brings you inspiring women in film. I love how films allow us to lose ourselves for a couple of hours. Even more so when they give us a strong female role-model to inspire the heck out of us. Here are a few of my favourites.

Elle Woods from Legally Blonde

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, or so they say. Elle Woods, a ditzy sorority girl from California, got herself a place at Harvard Law School and even though everyone doubted her, she put herself to work and proved them all wrong. Everyone laughed at the way she was dressed but she managed to get into the same ivy-league university that they did, so jokes on them. Image result for elle woods gif

What started off as an attempt to win back her boyfriend Warner, who told her she wasn’t good enough for him, turned into this woman falling in love with herself and finding her place in the world. When she successfully wins a court case, Warner decides she is good enough for him after all, but Elle’s self-worth is so much more than this loser. Even better, Warner’s fiancée Vivian dumps him as well and her and Elle, who spent the film fighting for Warner’s attention, become best friends. Empowered women empower women!

Carol Danvers from Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel has only just hit cinema screens around the world and is already inspiring women everywhere. If she isn’t the epitome of inspiring and empowering women, then I don’t know what is. She’s setting the example that we can be whatever we want to be. And when people try to knock you down and tell you that you can’t – because unfortunately, that’s the world we like in – you pick yourself back up and fight a little harder to be what you want to be.

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Captain Marvel is the first woman to star as the main character in an MCU film. It’s only taken Marvel around 11 years, but 21 films later, they’ve not only given us a female main character, they’ve introduced her as the most powerful avenger. She’s also the potential key to stopping Thanos but we’ll see how that plays out in End Game.

Isis from Bring It On

Isis isn’t the central focus in Bring It On but that doesn’t mean she makes any less of an impression. As the captain of the East Compton Clovers, she’s powerful, fierce and incorruptible. The Torros have been stealing her routines for years. Her squad face financial troubles that could derail their chance of becoming champions. But despite that, she still leads her team to victory and wins the respect of her rival.

Shuri from Black Panther

Image result for shuri gifThe bad-ass STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) role-model young girls around the world need today. This 18-year-old princess is responsible for creating much of Wakanda’s modern technology.

In the UK, only 22% of the STEM workforce is female. Shuri shows women that they can thrive and achieve great things in a work force that isn’t traditionally for women and they shouldn’t feel any different about that. She’s unapologetically bad-ass and I can’t wait to see more of her.

Jenna Rink from 13 Going On 30

Jenna always wanted to be one of the cool kids and she couldn’t wait to grow up. When she miraculously wakes up in the body of her 30-year-old self, she realises that her new life isn’t a good one. Having been accepted by the Six Chicks (the cool girl group at school) and leaving behind her best friend Matt, her morals changed which led to grown-up Jenna cheating with a married man and selling out the magazine she loved.

She seeks to make amends by fighting for the future of the magazine and the love of the man she left behind. However, when the magic dust settles and she’s 13 again, she’s a changed girl. She shows us that you shouldn’t lose yourself to fit in and be accepted by others.

Which women in films inspire you?

Photo by Steve Harvey on Unsplash

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25 COMMENTS

  • Kelly cranfield

    Aww I like this post it’s straight to the point I just love Ella Woods . Legally Blonde 😍 have you seen this in the theatre xx

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      I haven’t seen it in theatre but I looooove the soundtrack, would love to go one day! x

      • alisonw30

        I love legally blonde, have watched it many times! I also love a good marvel film so will definitely be checking that one out 🙂

  • Abby

    Loving Carol Danvers and Shuri because I am loving on superhero movies lately!! This is an EPIC list. All so spot on!! I love being a woman! <3

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      YES to bad-ass female superheroes!! x

  • heymamajess

    These are all some of my fav women 💕💕

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Me too! x

  • entermyworldweb

    13 going on 30 was one of my favourite films when I was younger! Alsooo I love bring it on 😊 my mind has gone blank to what films I have seen 😂 i am sure there is one with an inspiring woman in xx

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      I love it, I can’t even comment on how many times I’ve watched it, haha! xx

  • writermeetslife

    I love this post! You’ve picked some inspiring women! Elle Woods remains arguably my favorite of all of these, but each one has their own merits! Thank you for sharing!

  • janice sisemore

    Don’t see many movies but a interesting post

  • Kat

    Yay for strong female characters!! I love Elle Woods. I haven’t seen Black Panther yet, but I need to!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      She’s amazing, isn’t she! Definitely recommend, it’s so good!

  • Geraldine

    I looove legally blonde haha! Elle Woods is amazing and it’s such a great lesson not to give up on your dreams and not to listen to other people! They don’t dictate your future and self worth! <3 I haven't watched the Black Panther but she sounds soo badass!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Definitely a great inspiration! x

  • Laura at Palette of Thoughts

    Yes yes yes!! Elle Woods is so iconic 😍 And Shuri for sure is such an inspiration!! Also I can’t wait to see Captain Marvel and celebrate more amazing females in the Marvel universe!! 🙌

    Laura at Palette of Thoughts//
    http://www.paletteofthoughts.co.uk

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Yay for strong females in the MCU!

  • My 2 favs are
    Shuri…she is female empowerment exemplified.
    And Jenna Rink flashback to my 80’s life. That could a been me.

    Thanks for this fun and interesting post!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Thanks, lovely!

  • Elle is such an icon! And I’m so here for Shuri being on this list. Why is it that when it’s time to think of something the mind just blanks? I honestly can’t think of anything that isn’t animated. Lovely list, Han!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Animated women are still inspiring as heck! Thanks, Alex! x

  • Thesacredspaceap

    I LOVED 13 going on 30 when I was younger. Really need to watch Black Pantha and Captain Marvel!
    Great choices, thank you for sharing with us.
    Alyssa
    thesacredspaceap.com

  • OOOOH I totally Love Elle Woods!!! Best films ever 🙂

    Also 13 going on 30 is one of my fave films from when I was a teen.

    Great list here 🙂
    -Lena
    http://www.lenasnotebook.co.uk

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Still one of my favourite films to this day! Thanks, Lena x

  • Chloe Chats

    This is a fab list! I cannot wait to see Captain Marvel, I’m so excited to see what it’s like and how cool Captain Marvel is heheh, and omg I love Shuri in Black Panther, she is honestly so cool, smart, inspiring, I can definitely see how she inspires others and is a great role model. Great post Hannah!

    Chloe xx

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