2017 was some year for feminism. From the Women’s March on Washington to the #MeToo movement, women’s voices are being heard louder than ever.

Throughout the year, feminist movies and television provided additional bright spots of representation. Whether or not you believe these shows represent a cultural shift, they provided comfort, distraction, motivation, education, and hope to women viewers. Here’s just a few of best in TV and film this year:

Best Feminist TV of 2017:

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season One

A Series of Unfortunate Events title card

This adaptation perfectly captures the spirit of the book series. Whimsical and sinister, it tells the story of the Baudelaire siblings as they evade the evil Count Olaf.

The Good Place

A mix-up in “heaven”–AKA The Good Place–leads to Eleanor getting in. Eleanor must evade detection by pretending to be good, a difficult task for someone who was selfish and petty when she was alive. Read our full review here.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

The title of A Handmaid's Tale superimposed over main character Offred's face

There is little doubt this was the feminist show of the year. A creeping fear imbues every scene…the feeling that we might not be so far removed from Atwood’s dystopian future.

Photo via @HandmaidsOnHulu

 

Best Feminist Movies of 2017:

Wonder Woman

Poster of Wonder Woman kneeling on a beach with a sword and shield

No feminist list would be complete without Wonder Woman. One of the highest-grossing films of the year, Wonder Woman shattered stereotypes about the earning potential of female superheroes. Read our full review here.

 

 

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A movie poster with a large image of Luke Skywalker, and smaller pictures of Leia Organa, Rey, and Kylo Ren from The Last Jedi

Action-packed and impressively diverse, The Last Jedi was a fantastic installment to the Star Wars universe. Read our full review here.

 

 

 

Get Out

Poster of shattered glass, with each pane showing a different scene from the movie Get Out

Like The Handmaid’s Tale, this is another show that will hit a lot closer to home for certain audiences. Some call it a horror movie, but writer/director Jordan Peele has called it a documentary.

 

 

 

On my list for 2018: Insecure, Big Little Lies, The Shape of Water, A Wrinkle in Time, Ocean’s 8, Annihilation, A Quiet Place…There are quite a few feminist TV and movies coming out or continuing in 2018, I can’t wait!

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