I love going to the movies. The snacks, the popcorn, the films, I love all of it. One part I don’t like about it, though, is the lack of female-led films. Especially in 2019, there so many films that are very male-centric and focus so little on their female characters. We may be doing slightly better than in the past, but the numbers speak for themselves.
According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, women made up only 45% of all speaking characters in 2018-19. This is an increase from 2017-18 when women made up only 40% of all speaking characters on television. Women and Hollywood reports that only 9% of the movies that came out during 2017 and 2018 had gender-balanced casts.
Statistics like these are disappointing, to say the least.
Thankfully these upcoming movies feature quite a few female leads in them:
1. Charlie’s Angels, November 15
A new version of the classic television series, Charlie’s Angels features stars like Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Banks, and many more. These women work for the mysterious Charles Townsend in his expansive investigative agency. They fight crime with new technology and the support of each other. I’m looking forward to seeing what the new film brings to the table as opposed to the one we grew up watching.
2. Margie Claus, November 15
Margie Claus is about Melissa Mccarthy’s character Margie, who must save the day when her husband, Santa Claus, goes missing. Since Santa Claus went missing while delivering presents, Margie must put together a team to rescue him. She then leaves the North Pole for the first time in decades to save both Santa Claus and Christmas.
3. Frozen 2, November 22
“Come on, Frozen 2? That is for kids and definitely not empowering at all.” Think again!
Not only was the first film about two sisters fixing their estranged relationship, but it was also about them coming together to fight evil and save their kingdom. The sequel sees the two sisters, Elsa and Anna, team up again with Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven to take on an adventure far from their home, the kingdom of Arendelle. Plus, who’s not excited about all the new songs that will be stuck in our heads for months?
4. Bombshell, December 20
Based on the true scandal, this drama film is about the story of several women that set out to expose Fox News executive and founder Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. This film stars Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman, who play characters committed to doing more than just exposing the truth about Ailes. They are taking down the toxic male culture that exists in their workplace. This film also shows just how much women are trained to censor themselves as a result of workplace sexism.
5. The Rhythm Section, January 31, 2020
Ok, this one has to be one of my favorites out of these seven films. Not only is it about a badass woman getting revenge, but it stars the incredible Blake Lively. This film is essentially about her character who is seeking to get revenge on those who set up a plane crash that killed her family.
6. Birds of Prey, February 2020
All of you super villian lovers and DC fans get ready for Birds of Prey. This film is about Harley Quinn after her split from the Joker. She then teams up with Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to save a little girl, Cassandra Cain, from the evil crime lord in Gotham City, Black Mask. This film is also the eighth film in the DC Extended Universe Series, and is definitely going to be worth the wait!
7. Mulan, March 27 2020
A live-action version of the timeless Disney classic, this movie is sure to wow crowds with its special effects and high definition technology. So, despite the many controversies surrounding the movie, we can at least all look forward to watching our favorite Chinese badass save China once again.
These films not only have female leads but also tell stories of women overcoming challenges and taking on adventures. Some go out on their own while others have a sister by their side.
What female-led movie are you most excited about?