Feminist Movie Roll Call

Girls Can't WHAT? Softball PlayerToday marks the beginning of summer vacation for my daughters ages 10 and 13. We already have a schedule full of softball games, basketball camps among other activities. I know eventually we will all want to crash in front of the tv with a good movie.

My last trip to the rental yielded pathetic results, so I’ve been pondering what older movies might be of interest to my girls. I’m looking specifically for chick flicks that empower, so post your ideas in the comments below.

First on my list is A League of Their Own. What else would you recommend?


  1. Alixx on May 25, 2010 at 5:35 am

    There’s a tv movie called Pancho Barnes (don’t know if you can find it on dvd). It’s about a pioneer aviator who taught the men how to fly!

    More recent is Legally Blonde – as a tomboy I’m amazed I like it, but beneath the pink fluffiness is the message that you can achieve your dreams, and girls are as clever and important as boys :)

  2. gretchen on May 25, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Cool – I’ll look for it.

  3. Memi on June 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I would add to your list “Fried Green Tomatoes” (1991) with Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates, which is suitable for teenage girls. Also, a wonderful movie that went straight to dvd is the one that tells the story of tyoung women who became famous in the drive for women to get the vote. “Iron-Jawed Angels” is actually a TV movie but can be ordered on amazon or ebay. Another extremely hilarious movie that I saw with my niece a long time ago is “9 to 5” which has a strong message but manages to stay action-packed and funny throughout. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda star in this office politics type of movie with a message that refuses to fade….

    • gretchen on June 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      I’ve actually never seen Fried Green Tomatoes. I guess I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for the suggestions!

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