You’ve got one kickass daughter, and you can see that she’s well on her way to becoming an even more kickass woman. But in a world full of supermodels fighting giant robots and women running away from dinosaurs in high heels, what are some movies you can show your budding feminist that will really speak to her?
Thankfully, there are tons. Here are just 13 classics you can watch together that will make her feel empowered and can help her realize the awesome person she wants to become.
13 films to watch if you’re raising a fearless feminist daughter
Alien (1979)Despite being part of a strong, capable group of people, it's Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) who ends up defeating the alien and becomes the sole survivor.
Lesson for the ladies: You could be the most kick-ass member of your group of friends and you don't even know it.20th Century Fox
Broadcast News (1987)Jane (Holly Hunter) is a driven, slightly neurotic TV news producer, torn between her platonic love for her male best friend (Albert Brooks), her attraction to a handsome-but-dumb news anchor (William Hurt), and her dedication to her job.
Lesson for the ladies: Don't compromise your desires or ideals just because the men in your life want you to.20th Century Fox
Working Girl (1988)When Wall Street secretary Tess (Melanie Griffith) discovers her powerful female boss (Sigourney Weaver) has been stealing her ideas, she pretends to be a high-powered executive in order to get the deal done herself.
Lesson for the ladies: Don't be afraid to go after what you want, and don't let anyone make you think you're unworthy of success.20th Century Fox
What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)This Tina Turner biopic chronicles Turner's (Angela Bassett) rise to fame and her toxic, abusive relationship with Ike Turner. She ultimately finds the strength to leave him and achieve real success on her own.
Lesson for the ladies: Abuse can even happen to strong women. But no matter what, you can get out of the situation and find happiness on your own.Buena Vista Pictures
Little Women (1994)During the American Civil War, Jo March (Winona Ryder) and her sisters struggle with poverty and the low expectations and opportunities offered to women at the time.
Lesson for the ladies: You will face many obstacles in your life, but you can figure out how to overcome them.Columbia Pictures
Clueless (1995)Cher (Alicia Silverstone) has a rich, privileged life of clothes, parties, and meddling in her friends' love lives. But she begins to realize that not only is there more to life than that, there's more to her, as well.
Lesson for the ladies: There's a whole world outside of what you experience every day, but you can still make a difference.Paramount Pictures
Erin Brokovich (2000)Single mother of three Erin (Julia Roberts) begins working for a low-level legal case, and unexpectedly uncovers that a utility company has been knowingly poisoning the local residents.
Lesson for the ladies: People may underestimate you, but sometimes that can be used to your advantage.Universal Pictures
Legally Blonde (2001)Elle (Reese Witherspoon) is dumped by her boyfriend for not being serious enough, so she decides to go to Harvard Law School to get him back.
Lesson for the ladies: You are capable of things that perhaps nobody even considered before. You never know unless you try.MGM
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook) and her bandmates (Rosario Dawson, Tara Reid) are offered a recording contract but must decide if success is more important than friendship and integrity.
Lesson for the ladies: Don't be a follower. Make your own decisions.Universal Pictures
Whip It (2009)Bliss (Ellen Page) secretly joins a roller derby team, where she discovers strength and sass she never knew she had.
Lesson for the ladies: Don't waste your time on people who make you doubt yourself. Surround yourself with badass, supportive people.Fox Searchlight Pictures
Easy A (2010)Olive (Emma Stone) agrees to pretend to have sex with a gay classmate so he'll stop being bullied, but it backfires when rumours spread that she'll sleep with anyone.
Lesson for the ladies: Your sexual preferences are nobody's business but your own — and you shouldn't focus on the private lives of others, either.Screen Gems
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Max (Tom Hardy) is pulled into a violent struggle when a female truck driver (Charlize Theron) helps five captive women escape their tyrant captor.
Lesson for the ladies: Don't live your life for anyone else, but align yourself with decent people, regardless of gender.Warner Bros.
Inside Out (2015)Inside the mind of pre-teen Riley, the personified emotions of Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) are accidentally put out of commission — meaning that the only emotions Riley can feel are Fear, Anger, and Disgust.
Lesson for the ladies: It's okay to feel sad — or any other emotions you experience. Give yourself permission to feel how you want to feel.Pixar