Maybe Hollywood is finally getting that women can make powerful and relatable leads (we are 51% of moviegoers after all). In 2019, about 40 percent of highest-grossing films featured female protagonists, a historic high, according to the most recent research by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. But there’s still little progress behind the camera, as women make up only 20 percent of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers of the top 100 films, and women of color are still deeply underrepresented.
With International Women’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect time to keep reminding people that girls and women can do it all. We’ve picked 16 ceiling-smashing films with strong female leads to watch with the kids. From characters with superpowers to examples of everyday bravery, we’re proud to call these super-heroic folks positive role models.