Happy Women’s Month! Celebrate the month of March with these Netflix recommendations for movies and series.
From high school girls starting a feminist movement, to a young woman conquering the male-dominated world of chess, to tech start-ups led by female CEOs, these stories will inspire you and make you even more proud to be a woman.
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Netflix recommendations this March
Directed and produced by Amy Poehler, Moxie tells the story of Vivian (Hadley Robinson), a seemingly shy 16-year-old who prefers to keep her head down and fly under the radar. Inspired by a brave new friend and her mother’s (Poehler) rebellious past, Vivian anonymously publishes an underground zine called Moxie to expose bias and wrongdoing in her high school — and unexpectedly sparks a movement.
Smart, funny, heartfelt, and inspiring, Moxie is every little girl’s perfect introduction to women empowerment. Based on the book by Jennifer Mathieu.
Moxie is now streaming.
Allison (Jennifer Garner) is a woman who is up for any challenge and gives her all no matter what she does. When she and her husband decided to have children, she chose to quit her job so she can be there 100% for their family. And when her family agrees to have a Yes Day one day — when for 24 hours the kids make the rules — she brings her A-game no matter how big or crazy the ask.
Yes Day premieres on Netflix March 12.
Collecting space debris in the year 2092, when space has been inhabited by quite a huge number of humans, sounds like an immense challenge. Such is the job of the space crew Victory, consisting of a ragtag group of unsung geniuses led by the biggest genius of them all, the super cool, fearless and always dependable Captain Jang (Kim Tae-Ri).
Space Sweepers is now streaming.
Fate: The Winx Saga
Did someone say girl power? This live-action reimagining of the Italian cartoon series WINX CLUB by Iginio Straffi follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, friendship, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence.
Fate: The Winx Saga is now streaming.
Aisha (Nichole Brown) is the first female student in Cobra Kai. Bullied online, Aisha turns to karate to gain confidence and to learn how to fight for herself.
Undeterred by Sensei Johnny Lawrence’s very old ways (“there are no girls in Cobra Kai”), Aisha quickly proves herself to be just as worthy of her spot in the dojo as Miguel, the star student of Cobra Kai. “Girl’s a natural cobra,” says Lawrence after Aisha slams knee-first into Miguel’s ribcage for an impromptu demonstration session.
Cobra Kai Seasons 1-3 are now streaming.
Unlike most young ladies in the Regency era, Eloise (Claudia Jessie), the second daughter in the wealthy Bridgerton family, wants more out of life than just balls, dresses, and gentlemen.
“Suppose I desire something different,” Eloise confides in her older brother Benedict. “I watched [older sister] Daphne prepare for these balls, with all of those dresses and the many suitors, and I am exhausted… I truly believe I am quite capable of something more.”
Lucky for her, her best friend Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) is just as much of a trailblazer, proving that a lady can be just as successful without a gentleman by her side.
Bridgerton is now streaming.
Alice in Borderland
In Borderland Tokyo, it’s every man/woman for himself/herself. And while Arisu proves time and again that he is very capable of surviving, he will not have reached the end of Season 1 if it not for mountaineer Unagi (Tao Tsuchiya), whose badassery saves Arisu’s life again and again and again.
Alice in Borderland is now streaming.
The Queen’s Gambit
In this hit miniseries, newly orphaned Beth Harmon discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for orphan children.
Years later, haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast who conquers the male-dominated world of competitive chess. Not only does Beth win and become a chess champion, Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays the character, won the Golden Globe Best Actress in a Miniseries award for her portrayal of the now iconic Beth Harmon.
The Queen’s Gambit is now streaming.
Seo Dal-mi (Bae Suzy) and Won In-jae (Kang Han-na) are estranged sisters-turned-corporate rivals in this addictive Korean drama series. As CEOs of their respective start-up companies in the fictional Sandbox, Dal-mi and In-jae show that through smarts, hard work, humility, and yes, teamwork, anyone can achieve success.
Start-Up is now streaming.
Thanks to her kickass mom (Helena Bonham Carter) who taught her more than what society dictated young ladies during her time must know, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) acquires a great many skills: proficiency in physical activities such as tennis, archery and jujutsu, genius for puzzle- and problem-solving, love of literature, and passion for feminism.
Enola Holmes is now streaming.
Filipino theater actor Jon Jon Briones stars in Ratched
Even without having had training as a nurse, Mildred Ratched (Sarah Paulson) is able to take over Lucia State Hospital. She is a woman on a mission, and she’s willing to do anything to accomplish it. Lucky for her, she eventually wins the trust of two women as capable as she is: Nurse Betsy Bucket (Judy Davis) and Gwendolyn Briggs (Cynthia Nixon).
Ratched is now streaming.
Never Have I Ever
In her high school freshman year, Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) loses her dad to a heart attack and a week later, her legs suddenly stop working. As heartbreaking as her double tragedy is, Devi does not go through it alone. Her two best friends promise to help her in their own unique ways. Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez), captain of the high school robotics team, promises to build Devi legs if she never walks again. Eleanor (Ramona Young), president of the drama club, tells Viola that, in protest, “I shan’t use my legs again.”
With girlfriends like these, who needs a boyfriend, even one as hot as Paxton Hall-Yoshida?
Never Have I Ever is now streaming.
On the second season of Sex Education, a man masturbates on Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) on the bus. The incident traumatizes her so much that she refuses to take the bus to school ever again. She also finds it hard to be intimate with her boyfriend, and she keeps seeing her attacker in her head.
To help her overcome her fear, Maeve (Emma Mackey), Ola (Patricia Allison), Viv (Chinenye Ezeudu), Lily (Tanya Reynolds) and Olivia (Simone Ashley) meet her at the bus stop one morning so they can ride the bus to school together. Because, after all, “It’s just a stupid bus.”
Sex Education is now streaming.
For more stories by, for and about women, check out the International Women’s Day collection at www.netflix.com/internationalwomensday.