13 Feminist Documentaries On Netflix All Women Should See


Twenty-four hours after Donald Trump's historically mediocre inauguration, the global Women's March movement made U.S. history as the most attended protest in the country. Women and men turned out in the hundreds of thousands at major protests in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, etc., to show their opposition to the new president and voice their support for women's rights. As the post-Trump women's movement continues to gain steam, issues of privilege and intersectional feminism have come to the forefront. It's important that modern feminists be exposed to all different kinds of feminists and issues facing women worldwide, and to help in this endeavor, I have compiled a list of 13 feminist documentaries on Netflix every woman needs to watch.

There are a lot of feminist docs on Netflix, something that's made especially notable when taken alongside the relatively few female-driven fiction movies we seen in our daily lives. Netflix's documentary selection ranges from biographical films to investigative filmmaking, and the feminist documentaries are no different. Whether you want to learn more about the history of feminism or modern injustices and current political events affecting women all over the world, there is a feminist documentary for you. Here are the 13 feminist documentaries on Netflix every woman should watch and embrace going forward.

1. 'She's Beautiful When She's Angry'

Music Box Films on YouTube

She's Beautiful When She's Angry paints a passionate picture of the history of the women's movement and its leaders, focusing on 1966 to 1971.

2. 'Audrie & Daisy'

Netflix US & Canada on YouTube

On the surface, online bullying doesn't really seem like a feminist issue, but the mistreatment of women in real life and online is a very real threat, as Audrey & Daisy shows.

3. 'Growing Up Coy'

Still Point Pictures on YouTube

Being a feminist means being a champion for all women, which means that LGBTQ issues are feminist issues, too. Growing Up Coy, a documentary about a transgender girl and her parents' decision to launch a civil rights case, makes this clear.

4. 'Hot Girls Wanted'

Netflix US & Canada on YouTube

Hot Girls Wanted explores the world of amateur porn and how it exploits young women. If you want to be a champion for young women and girls in the internet age, Hot Girls Wanted is definitely a good place to start.

5. 'Queen Mimi'

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

Need a reminder that you are your beautiful self no matter what society says a woman should be? Queen Mimi is for you.

6. 'A Ballerina's Tale'

IFC Films on YouTube

Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater. Check out A Ballerina's Tale and get inspired by Copeland's feminist achievement.

7. 'Finding Home'

Flying Treasure on Vimeo

Living in the United States, it's all too easy to be blissfully unaware of the harsh realities of human trafficking going on in the world, especially as it affects women. Finding Home tells the story of three Cambodian women, all victims of sex trafficking.

8. 'What Happened, Miss Simone?'

Netflix US & Canada on YouTube

Nina Simone is a cultural icon, and a hero to many feminists. What Happened, Miss Simone? tells her story.

9. 'The Hunting Ground'

RADiUS on YouTube

The Hunting Ground sent shockwaves through the country, exposing the epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. Feminists are all too aware that they are still fighting for one very simple thing: safety in their bodies, and The Hunting Ground explains why.

10. 'Miss Representation'

The Representation Project on YouTube

Feminists are probably always going to need to challenge the sexist portrayals of women in the media, and Miss Representation will give you the information to do so.

11. '13th'

Netflix US & Canada on YouTube

Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th focuses on the U.S. prison system and explores the idea that the prison industrial complex came directly from the 13th Amendment. It's not solely a feminist documentary, but to be an American feminist means to understand the various historical oppressions of this country.

12. 'The Testimony'

The Testimony on YouTube

The Testimony, a documentary short, will help feminists get a global look at women's issues. The film takes a look at the largest rape tribunal in Congo's history.

13. 'The Women's List'

PBS on YouTube

Need some new feminist heroes? Look no further than The Women's List, which features interviews with a handful of women breaking barriers in their fields.

There are a lot of different ways to be a feminist, and these documentaries only represent a few. What's important is that they inspire you to take action and embrace your feminist identity. So, go forth, ladies, and conquer the Earth.