International Women’s Day 2017

Happy International Women’s Day!

by Chara and Rali

We believe that today is a celebration for everyone (not just women) who have a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a girlfriend, a friend – a female role model or support system in their lives! Thus, we encourage you to take this opportunity and let them know how much they really mean to you! As for our blog, here is a compiled (according to our preferences) list of five books and movies by or about inspirational female figures:

Books[1]

  1. Nights at the Circus’ by Angela Carter for her magical and intricate character Sophie Fevvers
  2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ by Truman Capote for the lovers of ‘wild things’ like Holly Golightly
  3. The Bell Jar’ by Silvia Plath for her honest portrayal of Esther Greenwood
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou for her inspirational and moving style
  5. We The Living’ by Ayn Rand for her conflicting but undoubtedly brave character of Kira Argounova

Films

  1. Hidden Figures for the untold true story of the African-American mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Kathrine Johnson who worked for NASA during the Space Race. Starring the incredible Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali.
  2. Volver’ for the eccentric character of Raimunda that brought Penelope Cruz an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress, making her the very first Spanish woman to be nominated in this category.
  3. Anywhere but Here’ for the moving and engaging story of a passionate mother and her daughter and their complicated relationship. Starring Academy Award Winners Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon.
  4. The First Wives Club’ for the witty, funny and empowering story of three wives who take their own lives in their hands. Featuring Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” and starring the amazing Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.
  5. The Help’ for the powerful story of a journalist trying to expose the racism faced by the female coloured Help in the American South during the 1960’s. Starring the now Academy Award winners Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer.

 

Let us know about your favourites in the comments section below!

[1] The numbers in the list are randomly assigned 🙂

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