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Celebrating Misbehaved Women

Posted by knbarrett on December 30, 2009

After reading David Brooks’ Sidney Awards and Time Magazine’s Best and Worst, I felt an urge to create a list of my own.  This year, I was struck by the number of movies about women who forged careers in non-traditional fields. I have long been fascinated by positive deviants, women who buck the system. Their stories inspire me to consider the conditions required for overcoming gender barriers. The movies about Misbehaved Women depict a cocktail of events, relationships and experiences necessary for each woman’s rise to success.

Here are my top 3 picks for 2009 Movies that Celebrate Misbehaved Women:

  • Amelia: Okay, I know it tanked at the box office. How could a movie about a woman aviation pioneer not make my list, though?
  • Julie & Julia: In 1949, it was unthinkable that an American woman learning to cook in France would lead to America’s culinary awakening.
  • Coco Before Chanel: This was perhaps my favorite movie of the year. It’s hard not to enjoy Audrey Tautou’s portrayal of Chanel’s journey from orphanhood to most influential fashion icon of the 20th century.

What are your picks for 2009?


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