8 Empowering Movies About Young Women Of Color That You Should Watch ASAP

Representation matters, everyone. When you grow up not seeing realistic depictions of your life and identity in popular media, it has an effect on how you see yourself and how you’re perceived by others. While good representation of women beyond romantic interests and bombshell babes is already pretty, well, pathetic, it’s even worse for women of color. And queer women of color? Pfft, forget about it!

But every now and then those movies come across that are actually pretty empowering for young women of color. I recently–or should I say, finally–took a look at Beasts of A Southern Wild and I was blown away by how amazingly powerful and inspiring the story of its young, black, female protagonist, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis). There are definitely some other movies out there that invoke the same burst of power as a woman of color, just with different tales and different cultures. If you’re looking for that in a movie, check out these eight empowering movies for young women of color.

What other movies are empowering for young women of color? What about TV shows and books? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Barbara

    Selena <3 I loved that movie and cry every time I watch it or even think about Selena. She was such an inspiration…

  • Jessica

    Obsessed with Selena the movie. <3

  • Mashenka

    I love Persepolis–the books and the movie! Have you ever read Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi?

  • Olenka

    I love Persepolis–the books and the movie! Have you ever read Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi?