13 Best Netflix Shows To Watch About Women in 2021
From the latest show Bridgerton to the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative report Unbelievable
Hollywood has been well known that its utmost priority is not having a conversation about a man onscreen rather than a woman. Maybe it’s because we still live under the crushing thumb of the patriarchy. This might land you stuck in a doom-scroll, scouring through Disney plus and Netflix for shows about women.
The statistics for women working in films and TV is still depressingly low and even lower for women of color. Thankfully some executives have discovered the problem and have seen the profit potential in the women’s film sector.
Over the last few years, there has been a marginal improvement, where Hollywood has come around that they can’t keep making films about straight, white men. They are now acknowledging the other half of the population and making stories catered to them. This has led to the increased number of TV Shows for women on Netflix. Here are 13 of the best to watch this weekend.
1. The Queen's Gambit
The tale of a woman who rises from discovering the game of chess in an orphanage basement to the pinnacle of the chess world. Beth Harmon faces many challenges before reaching the top such as struggling with emotional problems, drugs, and alcohol dependency. This show is based on the Queen’s Gambit book by novelist and story writer Walter Tevis. This show was acclaimed by 62 million Netflix account viewers within the first month and has caused a recent boom in increased chess players.
Bridgerton explores the power dynamics of London’s competitive market. The story follows a young Daphne, the eldest daughter of the Bridgerton family, who refuses to wed a man she doesn’t love and take matters into their own hands. Things get saucy and better when Lady Whistledown writes a high society ‘scandal sheet’ casting aspersions on Daphne and others.
Crashing is more of a sitcom “property guardians” where young professionals are spread out in a disused hospital. They live in big empty rooms and keep the building safe in exchange for cheap rent and a strict set of rules. Some of the rules are that they are not allowed to cook meals, light candles, having parties, having sex, and smoking, – it’s a riot.
4. Good Girls
This show follows three suburban Michigan mothers who are having a hard time trying to make ends meet. They are tired of how things are working out for them so they decide to pull off an unlikely heist by robbing a supermarket. Their successful robbery attracts attention from the store manager and they get themselves more than what they had bargained.
5. Derry Girls
This Irish Netflix sitcom follows four girls and their teen guy accomplice growing up under English oppression in the 1990s during the Troubles of Derry. You’ll come across an Irish accent, which may take you some few episodes until you admit defeat and turn on the subtitles. Derry Girls hits the emotional intersection of earnestness, cringe, and slapstick.
6. Dead to Me
Dead to Me is a story about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow who is Jen a real estate agent in California and a free spirit, Judy. Jen comes across Judy in her grief support group, and there is a catch where Jen has some shocking secrets that Judy should not know.
7. Anne With an E
Follow the adventures of a young orphan girl living in the late 19th century adapted from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. This live-action TV premiered on CBC and Netflix which is a story of an outsider girl who is fighting for acceptance, for her place in the world, and love.
8. Grace & Frankie
Jane Fonda “Grace” a retired cosmetic mogul and Lily Tomlin “Frankie” a hippie art teacher star as two women whose two lives are turned upside down when their husbands Robert and Sol reveal they are in love with each other and leave their wives for each other. Both Grace and Frankie form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together.
9. Russian Doll
Russian doll is an American comedy-drama television created by Nadia “Natasha Lyonne” who tries to investigate the spiritual significance of her ongoing deaths, having already considered the idea that she is simply having a bad drug trip. She has no clue how to solve the problem until she meets someone experiencing the same thing. This masterful Netflix mystery will knock you for a loop.
Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) is set in `80s Los Angeles where Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress who is attempting to save her career, auditions along with many other women in a fledgling wrestling promotion. She reunites with her best friend and a smart fun story emerges of women who are both mentally and physically strong.
11. Self Made
Self-made is an inspiring story about the life of Madam C.J. Walker an African American entrepreneur who built a hair-care empire that made her the first self-made female millionaire. The four-part limited series brings her story played by Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer to life.
12. The Crown
The Crown follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century. The Crown is more of an exploration of the pressures and challenges of being a ruling woman.
Unbelievable is an American true crime television miniseries inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative report that revisits a string of rapes that took place in Colorado and Washington between 2008 and 2011, focusing on a woman named Marie who was charged for lying about her assault. The Colorado cases of 2011 tied back to that of Marie in 2008 and shows that Marie had been telling the truth.
John Paul is an editor, writer, commentator and founder of Scholar Swap. He is also a university student with a passion for side hustling, coding and GIS. He is a fan of the Oxford comma, but will adapt if you aren't.
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