Modern Day Female Politicians and Trailblazers Who Deserve Their Own Films
No, Hillary didn't tweet us the big news (though we so wish she did). The Hollywood Reporter just released the news that Lionsgate is in talks to pick up Rodham , the Hillary Clinton biopic written by Young Il Kim and to be directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). No one is yet slated to play the Yale graduate, former first lady, Secretary of State, and presidential candidate, though Ponsoldt was in talks this summer with Carey Mulligan. In a perfect world, we'd cast our girl Meryl Streep. Because, HEAVEN IS REAL.
The project isn't 100% confirmed and still might fall through, we really REALLY hope this happens. Biopics have been a major trend in film-making of the last decade and very few feature women. That nonsense needs to stop. And we think Hillary would agree since she also demands there needs to be more women in power all over the world. Here are a handful of Modern Day women, who, like Hillary, have changed the course of history in very major and intimate ways.
As the first African-American first wife in American History, Michelle Obama has already made a huge impact on our politics and our culture. A commanding presence, a loving mother, and the definition of the old "behind every great man" adage.
Who could play her: Do I even need to say it? KERRY WASHINGTON.
The groundbreaking grass roots feminist, theorist, author, philosopher and all-around inspiration that is Gloria Steinam...oh, I'm verclempt just thinking about her. If, "We are becoming the men we wanted to marry," then we ought to be making more films about women.
Who could play her: A young Gloria? Lizzie Caplan, please.
The playwright turned major activist made The Vagina Monologues into a cultural phenomenon and a global movement. Her work now serves women all over the world and helps them to find safety from abuse and poverty and raise awareness about the horrible crimes committed against women every single day. The woman knows how to tell a story, so give her a film already.
Who could play her: Oh, Julianne Moore, of course.
Nancy Reagan was a most-beloved first wife, a Hollywood actress, a fashion icon, and an incredibly kind spirit who fought for many causes, including the founding of the "Just Say No" campaign in the '80s to keep young people away from drug abuse.
Who could play her: Annette Bening, all the way.
A transgender author and artist who transformed her battles with mental health and writing on gender awareness and queer theory into a movement to help young people discover their identities. In her own words, "How to make life worth living when you're a teen, a freak, or any other kind of outlaw."
Who could play her: No one could play Kate Bornstein. Only Kate Bornstein can do that.
Texas Forever? More like Wendy Forever. Her groundbreaking filibuster to protect women's rights to healthcare in Texas was a major moment for women in 2013. With a memoir in the works for 2014, a biopic might not be too far off.
Who could play her: Connie Britton FOR THE WIN.
At the age of 16 Malala Yousafzai was a finalist for a Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy and outreach to improve education for girls around the world. Yousafzai was shot in the head in Pakistan by the Taliban when she was 14 for her campaign to encourage girls to go to school. She was thankfully flown and treated in the UK, where she now studies. She spoke to the UN on July 12, 2013 which was officially dubbed Malala Yousafzai Day. And the world is such a better place with her in it.
Who could play her: Everyone in the whole wide world should try her philosophy and life's work on for a day. Period.