Maybe Hollywood is finally getting it that women can make powerful and relatable leads (we are 51 percent of moviegoers after all). In 2019, about 40 percent of the 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 17 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 characters positive role models.
Use the arrows above the image to see our picks for different age groups.