12 TV Shows and Movies Featuring Inspirational Women for a Motivated 2024

December 17, 2023

By Angie Black

Category: Inspiring Women

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Dear sisters, 

As the new year approaches, there's no better time to get inspired and reflect on empowering stories about the remarkable strength of women. Whether you seek motivation, empowerment, or simply a dose of inspiration, these ten TV shows and movies celebrate the resilience, determination, and achievements of extraordinary women. From real-life trailblazers to fictional characters who defy the odds, these narratives are bound to ignite your spirit and set the tone for an inspired 2024.


So, make some popcorn, get comfy and enjoy these productions!


Based on real life:

Nyad

I didn't know the story of Diana Nyad until I came across this documentary in Netflix. If you don't know it either, I'm not gonna spoil it for you, but even if you do, this is a must watch!


In a world where women are often underestimated for their age and physical abilities, this documentary showcases how Nyad shattered barriers. She achieved what everyone called 'the impossible' and until today, she has been the only person in the world who has done it. Her determination and courage challenge the notion that women are limited by their age or gender. I personally find her "stubbornness" admirable. It's a powerful reminder of female empowerment and an inspiration for women seeking to defy stereotypes and achieve extraordinary goals in a male-dominated world.

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

I watched this tv show a couple of years ago and I loved it. "Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker" is a series that chronicles the remarkable journey of Madam C.J. Walker, an African American entrepreneur who became the first female self-made millionaire in the United States. The show beautifully portrays her determination and resilience in the face of racial and gender-based barriers during the early 20th century.


This series delves into Madam C.J. Walker's inspiring story, highlighting her entrepreneurial spirit and the challenges she confronted as a Black woman striving for success in a deeply prejudiced society. It sheds light on her relentless pursuit of her dreams, overcoming not only gender inequalities but also the systemic racism that pervaded the business world and society at large.


"Self Made" offers a compelling narrative that showcases the importance of representation, gender equality, and racial justice. Madam C.J. Walker's legacy serves as a testament to the strength and resilience of Black women, emphasizing the crucial role they played in history despite facing tremendous adversity.

True spirit

I believe, sometimes what exists between a dream in your mind and making it real, is just a journey to face all your known and unknown fears. "True Spirit," follows the story of Jessica Watson, an Australian sailor who set out to become the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop, and unassisted around the world at the age of 16. And, as someone who's afraid of open water (me), I must say her story is just WOW!


Jessica's incredible determination and courage to challenge herself in a predominantly male-dominated field, highlighting her passion for sailing and her desire to achieve an extraordinary feat is definitely inspiring. Her journey becomes a testament to breaking gender stereotypes, showing that young women are capable of remarkable achievements in traditionally male-centric domains.


This documentary celebrates Watson's resilience and the support she received, underscoring the importance of empowering young women to pursue their dreams regardless of societal expectations. It inspires audiences, especially young girls, to follow their passions and overcome obstacles in pursuit of their ambitions, echoing the message that gender should never limit one's aspirations or accomplishments.

My Unorthodox Life

I'm not a fan of reality tv shows, but I grew up in an extremely religious environment and I had my own journey of setting myself free of all those beliefs, so I liked this story a lot.


"My Unorthodox Life" is a Netflix reality series that follows the life of Julia Haart, a former member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community who transitioned into the fashion industry and became the CEO of Elite World Group.

The show depicts Julia's journey as she navigates the fashion world, asserting her independence and challenging societal norms. It highlights her determination to break free from the constraints of her past and create a new identity, showcasing her strength and resilience as a woman in a male-dominated industry.


Additionally, the series touches upon themes of empowerment and liberation, emphasizing Haart's pursuit of her career ambitions while balancing her personal life. "My Unorthodox Life" provides a platform for discussions around female empowerment, self-discovery, and the importance of embracing individuality, encouraging audiences to challenge traditional expectations and celebrate personal growth and authenticity.

Hidden Figures

"Hidden Figures" is a film based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. It tells the inspiring true story of three African American female mathematicians -Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson- who worked at NASA and played crucial roles in the success of astronaut John Glenn's historic orbit around Earth.


The film sheds light on the challenges these women faced due to racial and gender discrimination in the 1960s, showcasing their extraordinary intelligence, resilience, and determination in the face of adversity. It celebrates their significant contributions to the space program while highlighting their struggles against systemic racism and sexism prevalent during that era.


"Hidden Figures" is a powerful and uplifting portrayal of these remarkable women, emphasizing their resilience, intelligence, and pivotal role in American history. It underscores the importance of recognizing the often-overlooked contributions of BIPOC women in STEM fields and society as a whole.

Wild

This movie recounts Cheryl Strayed's real-life journey of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) alone, covering a significant portion of the U.S. West Coast. Cheryl undertook this journey as a way to heal from personal struggles, including the loss of her mother, a failed marriage, and self-destructive behavior.


The film portrays Cheryl's physical and emotional challenges during her hike, showcasing her determination, resilience, and inner strength as she navigates the demanding terrain and confronts her past. It explores her encounters with nature, the people she meets along the trail, and the self-discovery that comes with such a transformative journey.


"Wild" highlights Cheryl's independent spirit and her quest for self-redemption, breaking away from societal expectations of women and illustrating the power of perseverance and self-reliance. The story celebrates her courage and serves as an inspiring narrative of personal growth and empowerment.


Fiction:

Cable Girls

Also known as "Las Chicas del Cable", is a Spanish period drama series set in 1920s Madrid. The show follows the lives of four women who begin working as switchboard operators at a modern telecommunications company.


Set against the backdrop of societal changes in post-World War I Spain, "Cable Girls" explores themes of friendship, love, LGBTQI+, empowerment, and the challenges faced by women in a male-dominated society. The main characters navigate personal and professional struggles while dealing with societal expectations and evolving roles for women during that era.


As the series progresses, the women confront various obstacles, form deep bonds, and strive to find their own paths in a rapidly changing world. "Cable Girls" offers a compelling narrative that intertwines the characters' individual stories with broader themes of feminism and social change in a captivating historical setting.

Anne with an E

A Canadian television series based on the classic novel "Anne of Green Gables" by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The show follows the adventures of Anne Shirley, an imaginative and outspoken orphan girl, who is mistakenly sent to live with siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert on Prince Edward Island in the late 19th century.


The series explores Anne's journey as she adapts to her new surroundings in Avonlea, faces challenges, and discovers her place in the world. Anne's vivid imagination and distinctive spirit bring color to the lives of the people around her. The show delves into themes of identity, acceptance, friendship, and the power of imagination while addressing social issues prevalent in the era, such as gender roles, bullying, and prejudice.


"Anne with an E" resonates with audiences through its heartfelt storytelling, strong performances, and its ability to capture the essence of Montgomery's beloved character while also adding depth and modern relevance to the narrative. The series received acclaim for its portrayal of Anne's resilience and its exploration of important societal issues within the context of a period drama.

Grace and Frankie

I love this TV show so much, I've watched it a couple of times. This American comedy-drama series revolves around the lives of two women, Grace Hanson and Frankie Bergstein, who find their lives unexpectedly intertwined when their husbands announce something unexpected.


Grace, a retired cosmetics mogul played by Jane Fonda, and Frankie, an eccentric artist portrayed by Lily Tomlin, initially have little in common except for their husbands' decisions. However, as they navigate the complexities of this new situation, they form an unlikely friendship and begin to support each other through life's ups and downs.


The series delves into themes of friendship, aging, family dynamics, LGBTQI+ community, and self-discovery. It portrays the challenges and humorous situations the two women face while dealing with their unexpected marital circumstances and embracing a new chapter in their lives.


"Grace and Frankie" is praised for its engaging storytelling, strong performances by the lead actresses, and its blend of humor and heartfelt moments, making it both, entertaining and thought-provoking.

Insecure

American comedy-drama television series created by my queen Issa Rae -who is also a lead actress on the show-, follows the lives of two African American women, Issa Dee and Molly Carter, who navigate the complexities of their personal and professional lives in Los Angeles.


Issa Dee, played by Issa Rae, is a young woman who works at a non-profit organization and is dealing with dissatisfaction in her relationship and career. Her best friend Molly Carter, portrayed by Yvonne Orji, is a successful lawyer facing challenges in her love life and struggles with self-worth.


The series delves into various themes such as race, relationships, friendships, and career aspirations. It authentically portrays the experiences of young African Americans, exploring their identities, insecurities, and the cultural nuances of contemporary life.

"Insecure" is praised for its realistic portrayal of the characters' experiences, its sharp humor, and its willingness to tackle social and personal issues with depth and authenticity. The show received acclaim for its writing, performances, and its representation of the complexities of modern-day relationships and self-discovery. I must say this show is on my top 3 and I've also watched it more than once.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Another one from my top 3, this American comedy-drama television series set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, revolves around Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a young Jewish housewife living in New York City.

Midge, played by Rachel Brosnahan, leads a seemingly perfect life as a devoted wife and mother, -what was expected from women back then- until her life takes an unexpected turn when her husband leaves her, prompting her to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. 


With the support of her manager, Susie Myerson, portrayed by Alex Borstein, Midge navigates the male-dominated comedy world while balancing her personal life and aspirations.

The series explores themes of female empowerment, identity, and the challenges faced by women in a patriarchal society. It captures the spirit of the 1950s era while shedding light on the societal expectations imposed on women and the journey of self-discovery and resilience.


"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" has been acclaimed for its witty writing, compelling performances, vibrant period setting, and its portrayal of a woman breaking societal norms to pursue her passion and independence in the world of stand-up comedy. The show has received praise for its humor, character development, and its depiction of the evolving role of women in society.


As we wrap up this journey through 12 incredible TV shows and movies spotlighting remarkable women, I want to invite you to join the conversation. Which story resonated with you the most? Whose journey left a lasting impression? Share your thoughts, reflections, and personal experiences in the comments below. Let's continue to celebrate and amplify these empowering narratives, inspiring each other as we step into a new year filled with determination and possibility. Remember to spread the inspiration - share this list with friends and family, igniting the fire of empowerment and encouragement as we embrace 2024 together.


Xo,

Angie

About

Angie Black

I was born in Colombia and I'm a proud Latina. I've always been a curious person and I got possessed by the wanderlust goddess since I was little. When I was 26, I moved to the United States by myself without knowing any English. In 2015 my desire to explore the world had me looking for a way to take my creative skills to the online world and be free to travel wherever I want. That's how my journey into the internet universe began and in 2020 I started traveling full-time as a digital nomad and website designer.
I'm feminist, queer and a great friend. I firmly believe women are the present and the future of the world. I love winter so much, I wish I could live in a place with snow all year round. I'm now a proud member of Host A Sister team and I'm the person behind this website, online presence, PR and marketing.
 www.byangieblack.com

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