5 Netflix documentaries that help you understand the fight for women’s rights
As a society, we still have a lot of work in order to achieve gender equality. Consider the gender gap, which still stands at 16% difference in wages in Europe. Therefore, we picked out five Netflix documentaries that clarify the ongoing and important fight for women's rights.
Article by Giulia Latinne
'FEMINISTS: WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?' (2018): REVELATIONS OF WOMEN FROM THE SEVENTIES
If you want to get a better picture of why women's rights are important, you should check out 'Feminists: What Were They Thinking?'. This documentary looks back at the seventies and collects stories of women, such as actress and activist Jane Fonda. Director Johanna Demetrakas shows us how women fought for their rights back then, and how they still fight against the stigmatization of feminism today.
'WHY WOMEN ARE PAID LESS' (2018): HOW BEING A MOTHER SEEMS TO CAUSE THE GENDER PAY GAP
Many discuss the gender pay gap problem. But what is the actual cause of the difference between wages? In the mini-series 'Explained', Vox searches the answer in the episode 'Why Women Are Paid Less' with American politician Hillary Clinton and international lawyer Anne-Marie Slaughter. According to them, getting a lower wage than a male colleague is not because of being a woman, but because of being a mother. A shame, because one of women's rights is equal pay.
'WHAT THE F* IS GOING ON?' (2019): SPANISH WOMEN ON FACING VIOLENCE
In the Spanish documentary 'What The F* Is Going On?', directors Marta Jaenes and Rosa Márquez give a voice to women raising many problems in their country. They are afraid of going outside and often face violence, rape, and people using them to give birth to children. With this powerful collection of in-depth interviews, Jaenes and Márquez hope to address the current gender inequality in Spain as the feminist movement now wants to see change.
'SEEING ALLRED' (2018): FEMALE ATTORNEY FIGHTING ASSAILANTS INCLUDING WEINSTEIN
You can certainly call Gloria Allred the protector of women's rights. In 'Seeing Allred', we meet the American women's rights attorney known for competing against big names such as the controversial American actor Bill Cosby and the American producer Harvey Weinstein recently. This documentary shows the public and personal side of Gloria Allred, an expert in the field of combatting sexual abuse and a revolutionary feminist.
'LADIES FIRST' (2018): FORBIDDEN TO DO SPORTS, YET BECOMING THE BEST FEMALE ARCHER
Deepika Kumari is an impressive role model for young people who want to achieve women's rights. In 'Ladies First', we follow the Indian girl who grew up in the poor village Ratu where residents told her that women could not play sports. However, Kumari became the best female archer in the world in just four years. For our rights to take effect, we need Kumari's willpower and believe in ourselves.
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