Movies That Inspire Women Who Want to Change the World

There are two inspirational movies for women in the last few years that moved me not only because of the achievement of women, but because of the obstacles, the selflessness, and the fact that they are based on real women during my lifetime. (Sorry guys, I’ll do a man movie when I’m inspired – and I know there are many inspiring stories. One was a surgeon who worked on my brother back in 1960 and went on to save lives of many children with heart problems…. but that’s another story.)

Hidden Figures


The first movie “Hidden Figures” was the story of three African American Women who overcame unbelievable situations of racism and sexism. They changed the world while being squashed, treated like sub-humans, and not given credit for their achievement, and they kept going. Without these women, John Glenn may have never gone into orbit. These are 3 women who made a difference.  Rent it here 

If you have Netflix, I’m pretty sure you can get the DVD delivered right now.

It is currently available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, Fandango, Microsoft, Play Station, xfinity, and fios to buy.

It takes you back to a time in our history that changes were happening.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen it.  It still sticks out as one of the most shocking (human condition) and inspiring shows I’ve seen.


In the race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, three black female mathematicians play a key role in launching astronaut John Glenn into outer space, making him the first American to orbit Earth.”  Netflix

On the Basis of Sex


The second movie, I watched last weekend.

I have a new hero. Ruth Bader-Ginsburg overcame sexual bias and repression.

This movie has mixed reviews.  I think it will bring her achievements to the general public who need to know what this woman has done.

Her smarts made the way for us to enjoy the fruits of her labors.

I sat and explained to Sykora how things were different for women and how much our world has changed toward women in our lifetime. It’s unimaginable now to be reminded of the sexism that occurred before the 70’s. I went to a high school that was all girls and we weren’t taught to be subservient, we were taught to be leaders. Not everyone was lucky like that, even at that time.

Ruth was the top in her class at Harvard, she went to double classes for her husband while he was fighting prostate cancer. She graduated and couldn’t get a job practicing law. No one would hire her. In one interview, the man told her that the wives would be jealous. Oh my gosh, this woman who was smarter than any of the men in her class ended up teaching.

In the movie, she gracefully accepted and taught and supported her husband.  She waited and while going through her husbands papers, found a tax case that was unfair to a man based on his gender.

I won’t tell you any more, (it’s history) but I will tell you, you should watch it. On the Basis of Sex is worth watching at least once.



I watched another show, a documentary, The Inventor, Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, about Elizabeth Holmes. It was interesting, she didn’t tell the truth and a lot of investors lost millions of dollars, she went from $9 Billion in business worth to $0. Everyone who trusted her lost right along with her.

They explained that she may have believed her idea was good and she would find a way to make it work – and like Thomas Edison, she would “fake it til you make it.” The difference was Thomas Edison made it and she didn’t. She bit of more than she could chew and she just kept on lying until she got caught. She convinced people that she was well-meaning and wanted to change the world, but it didn’t happen. At least not the way her investors expected.

 I know by now that I have no business judging peoples motives. Maybe she started out with purely altruistic intent and enthusiasm and things just didn’t happen the way she sold it. Maybe it was an ego thing, it’s unfortunate either way.

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley Clip

In contrast, the motivation is different for all of these women. One thing that stands out to me, we can do it right, or we can really mess it up good.  I wasn’t there, and I’m relying on the portrayal in the shows.  It seems to me the difference is purpose, ego, and selflessness.  

So how does that apply to wellness professionals?  We want to change the world, just like these women.  We’re starting out in an industry, with health coaches, that is ALL new.  Whether you’re a man or a woman, most of us have a purpose that is beyond financial.  That purpose for most is not ego driven. 

I know, because I’ve seen it – we can change the world, one life at a time or thousands. We made it such a long way, it’s a good thing there are so many health coaches who have the right motivator and want to change the world. Granted, there are obstacles, but no more than these women faced. Let’s do it. If you need help, get it, don’t isolate yourself and get with a team who can support you.

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