The summer months are when many movie-lovers rush to the theaters in droves (or rent movies to binge-watch on long summer nights). When you're deciding what to watch this summer, keep in mind that women are extremely underrepresented in Hollywood, especially as writers, directors, and producers. Here are a few movie suggestions for you so you can show your support of these #LadyBosses and enjoy a great film all at once!
1. Bridget Jones's Baby
If you loved the first two movies of this series, keep your eye out for the third: Bridget Jones's Baby. Renee Zellweger is as fabulous as ever. How could she not be with a team of amazing women making this production possible—Sharon Macguire directs Bridget Jones's Baby and Helen Fielding and Emma Thomson are two of the co-writers.
2. Love and Friendship
Jane Austen is certainly one of the most important female writers in English literature. She gave us gems like Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility. But have you heard of this hidden gem? One of her earlier unpublished books makes for a witty period piece to add to your summer watch list!
3. Maya Angelou and Still I Rise
It's been two years since we lost this talented inspiration. You can honor Maya Angelou's memory by watching Rita Coburn Whack's documentary, "Maya Angelou and Still I Rise".
4. Queen of Katwe
Disney has released a movie that your whole family can enjoy! Queen of Katwe is the uplifting story of a girl who just wants to play chess and prove her intellect. Director Mira Nair delivers a powerful movie that will inspire you to achieve whatever you set your mind to!
5. Money Monster
You can't miss a movie that has both George Clooney and Julia Roberts, can you? This dynamic duo works together wonderfully in Money Monster, an intense movie directed by Jodie Foster that you are sure to love!
This year's remake of Ghostbusters certainly caused an uproar when word of an all female cast got out. Despite the controversy, I'm certain that Ghostbusters will be a hilarious hit this summer! Plus, it's a great way to support making more well-rounded female characters in movies.
7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Nia Vardalos, the star and writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has created a second family fun film to enjoy this summer. Toula and her hilarious Greek family still have the chemistry you loved in the first movie—this film is certainly a must-see!
Women have to stick together, right? All of these movies were made by women just in 2016! Who knows what they'll have in store for you by summer of 2017! Until then, which movies made by women will you add to your summer watch-list?