1. Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker
To kick off this selection, I'll start with the astonishing story of America's first self-made female millionaire.
This mini-series is based on a book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, written by Walker's great-great-granddaughter - A'Lelia Bundles. Not only is this a movie based on a book (usually a good sign), but the book based on a real story (making this even more captivating).
Octavia Spenser stars as Madam C.J. Walker, a woman who uses her brains, determination and perseverance to flip the bad cards life keeps dealing her and turn them into a fortune.
Beautifully told on screen in just 4 episodes, it's an inspiring pick-me-up story definitely worth a watch.
2. The Queens Gambit
If you still haven't this banger, I don't know what other sign are you waiting for.
Unsurprisingly, this movie is also based on a novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. While the main character - Beth Harmon is loosely inspired by Bobby Fischer, Anya Taylor-Joy strongly inspired women worldwide to explore chess - female member of Chess.com increased by 25% after the show premiered. The 25% breakdown is even more impressive, considering it takes into account that the total amount of members of chess.com grew 1,100% year on year in November.
Another interesting fact regarding the series was that the makers invited Gary Kassparov to play Beth's Russian opponent - Vasily Borgov.
Even though Kassparov denied the offer to play the part, he stayed in the show as a consultant and helped immensely in recreating both the chess games and the interpersonal relations between players at the time.
3. Killing Eve
Sandra Oh (Eve) and Jodie Comer (Villanelle) make for an unlikely charming couple in this dark, but extremely funny thriller. It's got it all - Russian spies, good guys, bad guys, murder, gorgeous backdrops, globe-trotting and top notch fashion. It is also based by a book series by Luke Jennings - Villanelle, but the script was written and adapted by Phoebe-Waller Bridge, which is already a guarantee of quick wit and actually funny jokes.
While the story is not about breaking the glass ceiling or fighting for equal rights, it's a pretty good example of a fresh female villain and is produced by a fantastic mostly female (5 out of 8) set of producers including Sandra Oh, Phoebe-Waller Bridge and Emerald Lilly Fennel. There are 3 seasons out already to watch, but maybe wait it out, so you won't have to wait a whole year before season 4 is out in 2022.
4. Mrs. America
Another TV series based on real life events and characters. Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett) and feminist journalist Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne) put up a fight for their political ideals in 70s America, changing history and fighting on the both sides of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Watching it, you'll probably learn some history, but also realize that change is slow, takes extreme patience and demands real character strength.
Even without all of these side-realizations and history facts - it's an absolute delight to watch.
5. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Women can't be funny? The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is here to prove you wrong.
In 50s Manhattan Miriam 'Midge' Maisel is learning to create her own rules in a world that doesn't exactly welcome her bravery. And her bravery consists of telling the truth more often than she is supposed to, in a way that sometimes makes you giggle, and other times delivers a slight cringe. Mainly because you realize that the jokes that would fly in the 50s would fall flat on their face in today's world. But that's part of the charm of this show - it speaks it like it was and probably even softens the reality a bit. Any way, it does so hilariously.