Planning a girls’ night this International Women’s Day? From Little Women to Encanto, here are the top shows you must watch with your girlfriends.
International Women’s Day is approaching and we’re excited to celebrate! If you’re not vibing with any of the events, or you don’t feel like getting out of the house for drinks and good food, we’ve got just the thing. Hunker down at home with your best girlfriends and watch these shows that’ll make you feel like a powerful woman (even in your jammies).
Shows to watch on International Women’s Day 2022
1. Self-made: Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker
We love trailblazers and game-changers, all the more so when they’re women. This rags to riches story is based on the life of Madam C.J. Walker, an African American washerwoman who defies the odds and builds her own hair care empire – becoming the first female self-made millionaire.
Self-made: Inspired by the life of Madam C.J Walker, stream on Netflix
Mirabel lives in an enchanted house with her enchanted family, the Madrigals. But unlike her siblings and relatives, Mirabel isn’t blessed with a magic gift. As you can guess, this can sometimes be, well, lonely. However, when things start to fall apart, and the magic mysteriously starts to fade, Mirabel finds that the fate of the Encanto lies in her hands. Trust Disney to tug on your heartstrings!
Encanto, stream on Disney+
3. The Woman in the House Across The Street from the Girl in the Window
Ever looked out of the window and thought you saw something you’re not supposed to? That’s kinda what happens to Anna, except what she thinks she witnesses is a gruesome murder. Is it too much wine, or just an overactive imagination? We’re not sure. But even if this show is satire, we think Anna’s courage to push forward and find the truth even when the town doesn’t believe her is pretty inspiring.
The Woman in the House Across The Street from the Girl in the Window, stream on Netflix
4. Little Women
This 2019 coming-of-age drama, based on the well-loved book of the same name by Louisa May Alcott, is one show you definitely have to watch this International Women’s Day. It follows the story of four sisters as they navigate life during and after the Civil War. Based on the author’s own early life, you’ll find yourself swept up in themes of love, war, peace, and family responsibilities.
Little Women, stream on Amazon Prime Video
5. Turning Red
Premiering on 11 March, Turning Red tells the story of Mei Lee, a confident, dorky teenager who navigates the chaos of adolescence, whilst trying to remain dutiful to her mother. Sounds normal? Oh, but she also finds out she can transform into a giant red panda when she gets too emotional (whaat). Follow Mei as she learns to control her gift and transitions into her next phase of womanhood.
Turning Red, stream on Disney+
6. The Book of Boba Fett
Okay, we know what you’re thinking – Boba Fett isn’t a woman! But in this Star Wars series, the tough Fennec Shand is just as great as the most fearless bounty hunter in the galaxy. Plus she’s played by Asian American, Ming-Na Wen, and we’re always up for representation.
The Book of Boba Fett, stream on Disney+
7. The Joy Luck Club
Based on Amy Tan’s best-selling novel, The Joy Luck Club follows four first-generation Chinese-American women in San Francisco. They share stories of the turbulent relationships they have with their immigrant mothers and explore the cultural differences and conflicts that arise from growing up in America. We love the relatable tales in this show, and how it highlights the importance of family.
The Joy Luck Club, stream on Amazon Prime Video
8. The Queen’s Gambit
We know the craze is over, but we’d totally watch The Queen’s Gambit again. This show follows orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon on her journey to stardom in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. You’ll want your own chess set after this.
The Queen’s Gambit, stream on Netflix
9. Inventing Anna
Yes, she’s a criminal. But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t in awe of Anna Delvey (or Anna Sorokin). Sure, she’s a con artist and a fraudster, but at the young age of 26, she fooled New York’s top socialites and biggest banks and worked her way up a male-dominated industry with plans to open up a luxury social club. She almost succeeded, too! Trust us when we say she puts the infamous Tinder Swindler to shame.
Inventing Anna, stream on Netflix
Directed by Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderberg, this original thriller follows Angela Childs, a tech worker with agoraphobia. One day, she stumbles upon a recording of what appears to be a violent sexual assault. Despite meeting with resistance when she reports it, she proceeds to seek justice while doing the one thing she fears most – leaving her apartment.
Kimi, stream on HBO Go
11. Trafficked with Mariana Van Zeller (Season 2)
Mariana van Zeller knows no fear. This award-winning journalist dives headfirst into the underworld’s most dangerous black markets. From the inner workings of romance scams to the dark corners of black market plastic surgery — she meets the players, learns the business, and emerges with a better understanding of the world’s multi-trillion dollar shadow economy.
Trafficked with Mariana Van Zeller (Season 2), watch on National Geographic, Singtel channel 201 or StarHub channel 411
12. Playing with Sharks
Did you know that Valerie Taylor’s documentaries on sharks inspired Steven Spielberg’s iconic thriller film, Jaws? This fearless lady is a trailblazer in the underwater filmmaking and shark research field. Follow her journey as she seeks to learn more about these misunderstood creatures.
Playing with Sharks, stream on Disney+
Put these shows on your must-watch list for International Women’s Day!