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8 Empowering Movies About Real-Life Black Women Who Changed History

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History doesn’t just happen; it’s carved out by the rebels and trailblazers who incite change and leave the world a far better place than they found it. This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating women from all walks of life and the stories that changed the course of history. Black women have been at the forefront of leading the movement toward progress, and there are, thankfully, films that capture their resilience and courageousness so that we may never forget their names and stories.

Let’s take it back to the early 1960s with our first film. Hidden Figures relays the story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn, all of whom worked at the Langley Research Center for NASA. Over the course of the film, we bear witness to the racism and sexism the women faced as they endeavored to play integral parts in the Space Race. Through it all, Katherine, Mary, and Dorothy support one another, and we see the will and bravery they possessed that led to their accomplishments. Hidden Figures ensured their stories were no longer cliff notes in the history books.

Beyond the women of Hidden Figures, there are so many films that capture Black women’s stories and those who made and changed history. Take a look at our roundup and do yourself a favor — check out these films as soon as you can!

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