Women’s rights have had a long and arduous history. On this day, we honor people who have fought for women’s rights, fostered the spirit of equality, defied societal barriers, and set an example for future generations. March is designated as Women’s History Month to honor women’s accomplishments. From the ability to express oneself and vote to the most basic human rights of equal pay for equal work, the situation has altered dramatically in the twenty-first century. Nonetheless, there are a number of situations and cultures that continue to prohibit women from following their hearts.
- The Iron Lady: The Iron Lady, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, stars Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister. She gives an outstanding performance as an elderly politician who has lately lost her husband and is still reluctant to accept the fact. Thatcher is haunted by his visions and dreams while she goes about her political tasks. Margaret Thatcher’s journey from a girl to womanhood, including her ascension to the powerful office, is chronicled in this real account about the remarkable woman’s life.
- The Devil Wears Prada: The Devil Wears Prada, directed by David Frenkel and based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel, is a renowned American drama featuring a superb star ensemble. Meryl Streep takes on the role of Miranda Priestly, the dictatorial and severe editor of the high-end fashion newspaper Runway Magazine. Anne Hathaway plays Andrea Sachs, aka Andy, Miranda’s second assistant, while Emily Blunt plays Miranda’s chief assistant with the same name.
- Little Women (2019): Little Women is a children’s novel based on Louisa May Alcott’s hugely acclaimed novel of the same name. It belongs to the family-centred genre of children’s literature. The work was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, and it is still relevant and inspiring to filmmakers today. Greta Gerwig’s 2019 version has taken the book in a more enthusiastic direction, ringing in the emotions clearly and drawing the characters as they were originally depicted.
- Hidden Figures: The incredible untold stories of Katherine Jonson (Taraji P Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit, a stunning achievement that turned around the space race,” according to 20th Century Studios. “The innovative triumvirate influenced generations of people across both gender and racial boundaries.” It’s a fantastic viewing since it tells the ultimate story of female power via these three women.
- Parched: Women face cultural oppressions such as marital and familial rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and poverty, among others. Gulab (Riddhi Sen), Rani’s son, tries to marry a gorgeous young girl, but he has his own lecherous intentions. Lajjo, on the other hand, is childless and tries but fails to conceive. Bijli is an exotic dancer who is coveted by all of the men in their hamlet, but she is about to be replaced by a young, attractive new girl, while Janaki becomes Gulab’s wife but is rejected by him. Away from the prying eyes of society, the four friends share their goals, desires, and even enjoy fun in their own manner.
- 20 30 40: Chang portrays Lily Zhao, Rene Liu portrays Xiang Xiang, and Angelica Lee portrays Xiao Jie at various stages of their lives in the film. Each person has their own set of problems and difficulties. Xiao Jie, the youngest, is a 20-year-old Malaysian woman who has relocated to Taipei to pursue a pop career. Next up is Xiang Xiang, a flight attendant in her thirties torn between her affair with a married guy and a youthful lover. The eldest is Lily Zhao, a middle-aged woman who recently left her spouse after discovering his infidelity and is looking to re-enter the dating scene.
- The Call: Young-sook (Jeon Jong-seo) lives in 1999, whereas Seo-Yeon (Park Shin-Hye) lives in the present. A phone call weirdly connects the two. What happens next is perplexing, and it’s fascinating to witness a horror film with two strong female leads. Seo-Yeon has recently relocated to her childhood home due to her mother’s cancer diagnosis. At this point, she gets a call from Young-sook, pleading with her to save her from her stepmother. The Korean horror thriller is a perfect mix for a heart-pounding experience, and Chung-Hyun Lee delivers, making it a unique picture to watch on International Women’s Day.