KULALA P.C Club: Raise Your Glass To Girl Powerby Candice Chua
What a time to be alive, what a time to be a woman. Over the weekend, thousands upon thousands from New York City to Paris took to the streets to march in the name of rights for women and girls all over the world. While we weren’t part of the walk ourselves, we couldn’t help feeling riled up from all the coverage. Dior’s haute couture show last night, which was creative director Maria Grazi Chiuri’s first since joining the house and the second after her feminism-centric Spring/Summer 2017 collection, only served to up the feels even more.
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass,” the late writer and activist Maya Angelou once said. Women haven’t had it easy and we’re still fighting for our place in this mayhem of a world. Kick some ass, that we shall gladly continue to do. In celebration of all the women’s rights movements taking place all over the world and in celebration of you, you and YOU, we’ve rounded up films that raise a glass to fierce and formidable girl power.
It doesn’t tell the whole history of the suffragette movement, but it works a primer. Seen through the eyes of young mother Maud Scott (Carey Mulligan), Suffragette is a look at the women who laid the groundwork – and made the sacrifices – in the name of gender equality and women’s right to vote in early 20th-century Britain.
The Help (2011)
Heartbreaking, hilarious and hopeful all at the same time, the Academy Award-nominated piece is a tale of three women who come together to shed light on the prejudiced lives of African American maids amid the civil rights movement in 1960s United States.
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The space opera classic makes the list for this very scene. As Luke Skywalker figures out how to be a Jedi and Han Solo tries not to get carbon-frozen and punked by Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is right there giving commands to a whole crew of rebel pilots like the badass boss she is.
Legally Blonde (2001)
It’s a chick flick, but one with an important message. When sorority queen Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is dumped by her hoity-toity boyfriend who think she isn’t smart enough for him and his family, she works her way to Harvard to win him back. There, she discovers what a complete trash person he is and strives to prove to everyone that she is more than just pink suits and rhinestones.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Based on a true story, a single mother (Julia Roberts) of three takes it upon herself to expose and take down a gas and electric company that has been pumping carcinogenic pollutants into a local community’s groundwater supply. She’s got little to nothing to her name and nothing to gain, but she goes ahead with the colossal task anyway.
The Dressmaker (2015)
Kate Winslet plays Tilly Dunnage, a dressmaker who returns to her childhood town to exact revenge on the people who have wronged her. She was accused of murder as child, but there’s something about the whole affair that doesn’t sound quite right. A lot of investigating, dressmaking and other stuff happens, but Winslet does it with so much flair and ferocity that one can’t help feeling intrigued despite the overdose of plot elements.