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11 Music Documentaries About Strong Women

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While they’re always good for a dose of escapism and entertainment, movies are never short on inspiration — especially when it comes to biopics. On January 28, Janet Jackson will finally give longtime fans an intimate glimpse of her life that they’ve never seen before. Her self-titled documentary, Janet, premieres on Lifetime and A&E on the same days as the 40th anniversary of the pop icon’s self-titled album. But before you dive deep into the life of Janet Jackson, why not take a glimpse at some of the women who followed in her trailblazing footsteps and even walked alongside her?  If you’re coming up short, we think these music documentaries about strong women are the perfect way to go — here’s why. 

While this genre has traditionally been dominated by male artists (save for Madonna’s 1991 Truth or Dare and the posthumously released AMY for Amy Winehouse in 2015), since 2019 we’ve seen the it’s-about-darn-time expansion of the category to include female heavyweights  and this writer can assure you they are all must-sees. From Pink to Tina Turner to The Go Go’s to Billie Eilish to Dolly Parton and more, these trailblazers are not only sharing their stories but telling their stories, and the results are powerful and fascinating. 

A version of this article was published in July 2021.

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