Celebrities kicked off the new year with a series of rousing speeches on political topics like climate change, abortion and even escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran—and some women in the crowd even made history.
2019 was a banner year for awesome films and television shows written, created and fronted by women—it was the year that female-empowerment productions broke records and that women showrunners and directors changed national perspectives on critical matters, such as abuse and mental health, and made us heartily laugh.
As states continue to obstruct access to abortion, Hollywood spent 2019 taking a different approach—including abortion in plotlines that convey both the political and personal nature of the procedure and help demystify the issue for audiences.
The launch of Disney+ raised a critical question: To what extent can a multinational conglomerate further social equality when it has so much prejudice in its past? (And why isn’t “The Proud Family” available to stream?)
“The Kingmaker” is a fascinating story of behind-the-scenes power and corruption. “Back to Life” gets really dark—and really funny.
On HBO, “Mrs. Fletcher” enlists an all-women directing team to tell the story of a woman’s sexual awakening and “Saudi Women’s Driving School’ explores how the right to drive has impacted women’s lives. In theaters, “Netizens” shines a light on digital harassment—and on Netflix, Jenny Slate takes to the stage to tell her story.
“Catherine the Great” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” take us to fantastical new heights—while “Greener Grass” shows us the subversive horror in our own backyard. “Chez Jolie Coiffure” and “The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman,” also out now, instead illuminate the complexities of women’s real lives.
“Nancy Drew” brings familiar stories to the small screen, and “The Sky is Pink” brings a moving and true tale to big ones.
“Transparent” comes to a musical end, “Judy” tells a harrowing true story and “Sister Aimee” takes us on an adventure.
The 71st Primetime Emmys on Sunday honored the best of television—but the night’s real winner was feminism.