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.
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.
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
The 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?