Are you a new business owner looking for her next step? Or an established CEO mentoring women in your field? Maybe you have a dream job that’s still in its idea stage? Or maybe you just love films about badass women?
If you answered yes to any of these, you might enjoy this month’s movie marathon. It’s all about fictional and real-life entrepreneurs who chase their dreams, shatter glass ceilings and give “girl power” a brand new meaning.
Dream, Girl (2016)
What do you get when you cross an up-and-coming filmmaker with an all-female crew and a cast of entrepreneurs? A documentary that gets real about women in business. From finding your inner leader to balancing work with self-care and family responsibilities, you can find inspiration from 10 different women – including a 20-something 3D-printing leader and an 80-year-old founder of a publishing company.
Where to watch: dreamgirlfilm.com
The Intern (2015)
Of course, fictional entrepreneurs can be just as inspiring as real-life ones. Take Jules Ostin. She’s the CEO of a rising online fashion platform, juggling back-to-back meetings while personally involved in everything from customer service to shipping. Although she reluctantly takes on 70-year-old Ben Whittaker as an intern, their growing friendship adds an adorable touch to this feel-good comedy about two people finding their place in the world.
This biopic shares the story of Joy Mangano, the inventor of the self-wringing Miracle Mop – and the thin velvet hangers in your wardrobe. Like the soap operas Joy’s mother obsessively watches, this film is full of family drama, betrayal and a dose of blackmail. But it’s a powerful testament to what a creative entrepreneur can do with a few crayon drawings and a 300-foot loop of cotton.
Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel) (2009)
Abandoned by her father at an orphanage, then rejected as a cabaret singer, a young seamstress named Gabrielle starts making hats and dresses for the Parisian gentry. Her no-frills, corset-free, black-and-white style would soon define women’s fashion post-World War I. Whether you love Maison Chanel or Belle époque period dramas (or you just want to brush up on your French), this biopic is a must-see.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker (2020)
Technically, it’s not a film. But this 4-part mini series is an epic journey into the life of Sarah Walker, a self-made millionaire who revolutionized African-American hair care in the early 1900s. Self Made is a controversial series that unfairly demonizes Sarah’s real-life mentor, Annie Malone (called Addie Monroe). Still, the quirky modernisms and Octavia Spencer’s stellar performance make it a largely fictional, but entertaining watch.
Where to watch: Netflix