Five inspirational films with female leads
Some say that films echo reality; some say that they foreshadow it. Women have grown, slowly, but very surely, to occupy a stronger presence in film culture; their journey on the silver screen acts as a marker of how loud their voice has grown in the real world. Cinema continues to inspire millions across the world, and of late, films have begun addressing burning issues to create awareness and build motivation. One such area of interest is women in business. If you’re a budding woman entrepreneur and need a push in the right direction, these films are exactly what you need.
1. Joy (2015)
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, this film brings to the light the story of Joy Mangano, the inventor of the self-wringing Miracle Mop. There are plenty of things that make this movie unique; perhaps the fact that Mangano was a struggling single mother when she conceived the idea, or the many times she got swindled by male business partners. This movie serves as an ode to the female entrepreneur long before the concept was popular; it speaks of the hardships women endure in a male dominated world, and more importantly, it tells us that success is possible for women with dreams.
2. The Intern (2015)
Starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, this film was initially an instant success as a moving drama that explored the friendship between a successful CEO of an online fashion company and a man who re-enters the workplace at the age of 70. While their unfolding relationship took the forefront of the film, it also reminded us of the struggles a powerful, prosperous female CEO faces while in the midst of running her business. From her duties as a working mother to marital problems with her spouse, it spoke of the uneven playing field between men and women in the entrepreneurship world, and that women must work twice as hard if they want to ensure consistent success.
3. Baby Boom (1987)
Billed as a rom-com, Baby Boom gives women an important insight into the ups and downs of the business world, how to deal with unseen challenges, and how to bounce back stronger than ever. It revolves around Diane Keaton as J.C Wiatt, a typical power-suit businesswoman who finds her professional life turned upside down when she ‘inherits’ a baby from her deceased cousin. This results in her launching a new business, one that takes her back to the world she came from. Its most enduring lesson is one of perseverance; that new opportunities can take you places if only you let them.
4. Coco before Chanel (2009)
Female entrepreneurs have shaped the course of fashion as we know it today, and it remains to be one of the most flourishing sectors in the business world. Coco before Chanel narrates the legendary story of the iconic fashion designer who changed the industry in an unforgettable way. Hailing from an orphanage, her journey to French high society as a designer is one that continues to inspire hundreds. It also reminds
us that sometimes, outside help is not only welcome, but instrumental in your own success.
5. Dream, Girl (2016)
Dream, Girl is one of its kind; a documentary that arose from a newsletter called Feminist Wednesday, it was almost entirely funded by Kickstarter, an online funding platform for creative projects. Created by Erin Bagwell, it explores the story of five female entrepreneurs in New York, and was created for very aim of highlighting issues women face in the male-dominated field. Its secondary aim was to actually directly inspire young women to to dive into the world of business by representing the five aforementioned entrepreneurs, who were living the dream. Dream, Girl premiered at former President Obama’s White House in 2016. Cinema often inspires us in ways we cannot notice immediately; but these films, overtly and subtly, remind us of the many miles to go in order to bridge the gap between men and women, especially in the world of business, and simultaneously assure us that no goal is impossible if we put our mind to it.