Women’s Equality Day 2022: From bombshell to hidden characters, 8 feminist films that challenge widespread sexism in society

Why do we celebrate Women’s Equality Day? Well, for that, we’ll have to go all the way back to August 1920. That’s the day the vote for women was officially incorporated into the constitution of the United States of America. A glorious day for equality and a huge step forward for women’s rights, it was a day of celebration and progress. Pride Month Special: Top 6 gay movies that address important issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

Since then, our society has strived to create an environment where women can function without any discrimination and be considered equal to men. Although progress has been made, sexism still prevails in today’s world, which is quite discouraging. So, as Women’s Equality Day approaches, let’s take a look at eight films that have challenged the sexism prevalent in today’s society.

Bomb

Inspired by real events where three women set out to expose Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, Bomb features a stacked cast of really big names. Featuring the talents of Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, the trio lead this drama with utmost confidence as the supporting cast around them help bring this disturbing story to the screen.

Northern country

Another star of Charlize Theron, Northern country centers on a woman working as a miner and fleeing her abusive husband. The film gives a fictionalized account of the first successful sexual harassment case in the United States where Josephine Aimes confronted Eveleth Mines, where she was subjected to a ton of abuse. With a powerful performance and message, it’s a truly inspiring story. Charlize Theron Birthday Special: From Monster to Mad Max Fury Road, 5 powerful performances from the Oscar-winning star!

Selma

Whereas Selma focuses primarily on Martin Luther King’s fight to ensure African Americans had the right to vote, his appearance in this list is still relevant today. Featuring strong African American women with the powerhouse performances of Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo and Tessa Thompson – Selma also pushes them to fight for their right to vote.

Battle of the sexes

Marking the second collaboration between Steve Carell and Emma Stone, Battle of the sexes focuses on the 1973 intergender tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. With a dramatic nature, it is a film that is a treat not only for tennis fans, but also for those looking for a good review and parallels with today’s society. Happy Birthday Billie Jean King: Lesser known things to know about the American tennis legend.

9 to 5

Released in 1980, 9 to 5 was a comedy that foregrounded the themes of workplace sexism and bigotry to fantastical effect. Starring three female workers played by Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, the film is a complete riot as they all get to live out their dreams of kicking the sexist boss out of their company. Funny and with a stacked cast, it’s a movie that sparked some interesting conversations.

A league apart

The film tells the story of the All-America Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s. With the men off to fight in World War II, the sport of baseball had to be kept alive. In an effort to bring a spark to the sport, women were then brought on board to play the sport. The film is a fairly simple sports tale, but the basic concept of it is wonderfully executed with great underlying tones. Not to mention that the recent reboot of Amazon Prime is quite the watch too. A League of Their Own series review: Abbi Jacobson, D’Arcy Carden’s sports drama packs into a comedic punch in well-represented social commentary! (Last exclusive).

Based on gender

An inspiring biopic and moving tale that details the early life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the film is a beautiful portrait of this inspiring woman who dedicated her entire life to doing the right thing. Felicity Jones gives a powerful performance on her and elevates this film to great levels. Also, an interesting trivia: it’s written by Daniel Stiepleman, who happens to be Ginsburg’s actual nephew.

hidden numbers

We finally end this list with the 2016 version Hidden numbers. Based on the 2016 biographical book of the same name, the film follows three African-American female mathematicians working at NASA during the space race. With Traji P Henson, Janelle Monae and the always awesome Octavia Spencer, hidden numbers is a watch you should not be without. Taraji P Henson’s Birthday: From Hidden Figures to What Men Want – Here’s a look at some of the actress’ performances that really wowed us.

The impact of these films on those who have watched them has been enormous, and we hope many more will watch them as well. With that, we wrap up the list and celebrate this inspiring day by watching cinema that is sure to make an impact.

(The story above first appeared on LatestLY on August 25, 2022 at 12:30 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and fashion of life, log on to our website latestly.com).