Wednesday, 7 March 2018

International Women's Day

Thursday March 8, 2018 is International Women's Day. This year the theme is Press For Progress. International Women's Day was organized to promote gender parity, including wages, opportunities, and education. To that end, here are some of my favourite movies to get you thinking and talking with your learners about the considerable challenges that women around the world, and here in Canada face. This list was compiled with input and help from our #HyphenProject students!


  1. Hidden Figures is a movie about 3 women at NASA in the 50's and 60's. Specifically a supervisor and computer programmer, an engineer, and a mathematician. These women overcame both gender and racial barriers to fulfill their life's work. 
  2. Moana is a Disney movie about a future chieftess of her Polynesian island. Moana feels that she is called to a much bigger future: sending her people back to the sea they once navigated with ease. Disney filmmakers collaborated with Polynesian peoples to tell a story that explained why there was a significant chunk of time in which the Polynesian peoples stopped navigating, and then started again. Here is more information about that.
  3. Queen of Katwe is another Disney movie, live action this time. Phiona comes from the slums of Kampala, Uganda to becomes a chess master. 
  4. Whale Rider is a book and movie about a young Maori woman who is struggling to fit into her role, despite women not traditionally being welcomed into leadership positions in her family. 
Do you have other movies you'd recommend to our families and learners? Add a comment and I'll keep the list updated!

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