With the ongoing pandemic, chances are you’re still spending a lot of time at home. But if you’re looking for some inspiration and motivation to help you reach the next level of success in your business, you don’t have to go too far from your couch. There are many books and films you can spend your time looking into.
Today, we’re focusing on ten documentaries that every female entrepreneur should watch. If you manage to watch all of them, there’s a reasonable chance that you’ll learn a lot about what it takes to get to the next step of success.
Here are the ten must-watch documentaries for female entrepreneurs:
Miss Representation (2011)
Being a female entrepreneur means you’ll come across some form of prejudice in the work environment, whether it’s towards you or someone else. Miss Representation is an essential watch to learn how to overcome prejudices and be a part of the movement to end it. This documentary sheds light on the different ways that women are often at a disadvantage but also focuses on the number of ways that they can be empowered. With words of wisdom from a collection of hugely successful women in different industries, it is the perfect motivation booster that every female entrepreneur can gain insight from.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)
Sometimes, you can learn a thing or two from big celebrity names, like the Hollywood personality, Joan Rivers. This documentary follows the 75-year-old around in her day-to-day life and can give you as much insight into being a certified girl boss as it will laughter. It’s the portrait of a woman who will not accept defeat, who will not slow down, and who must prove herself over and again no matter what might be against her - like her age that is touched on quite a bit throughout the film. All qualities that many female entrepreneurs must possess in order to be successful.
The September Issue (2009)
Is The Devil Wears Prada one of your favorite movies? Then this is the perfect documentary for you. Take a look into Anna Wintour and her life at Vogue as she deals with the September 2007 issue of American Vogue magazine. Thousands of girl bosses dream of this career, but as you watch this documentary, you’ll see what it really takes to be in such a demanding lifestyle. As a powerful woman, with a significant success story, there’s so much insight to take in on how to stand out in any industry, and how to confidently have a no-nonse approach to life.
Beyond Clueless (2014)
The world is full of media, especially films that skew what the real world is really like when it comes to the process of coming-of-age. This can be damaging for any female entrepreneur searching for success. This is why Beyond Clueless is a great watch as it dives into the mind, body, and soul of teen movies as seen through the lens of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics. You can learn a thing or two about how these early perceptions have negative implications down the road. It’s perfect to help you enter any career with a varied perspective.
Dream, Girl (2016)
If you’re looking for an all-encompassing documentary that showcases stories of inspiration and ambitious female entrepreneurs, Dream, Girl is the watch for you. It explores the many universal struggles working women face from their careers to their personal life. You’ll follow multiple female entrepreneurs as they work towards turning their dreams into a reality. The main takeaway here is that by being a successful female entrepreneur, you’re ending the cycle of telling girls they can be anything they want to be and instead showing them what it means to be a leader.
Inside Pixar (2013)
As our CEO, Sandra Yancey, always says, you can’t get anywhere without the help of other successful people. Inside Pixar is a great documentary watch for any female entrepreneur because, in order to achieve success, you must learn from the success of others. Pixar being a multi-billion dollar industry provides inspiration and education on how others can be successful in their own lane, as well. By learning the ins and outs of a company, and through being a part of the highs and lows they experience, every female entrepreneur can gain insight into how to learn from your mistakes and what skills you need to be as successful as you can.
Public Speaking (2010)
A great trait to have as a female entrepreneur is to be unapologetically yourself. This documentary dives deeper into unconventional creativity as it follows Fran Lebowitz, a writer from New York who had immense success with her two books and career that has been mostly based on public speaking engagements. Female entrepreneurs can learn how to recognize their own natural-born talents (which may seem like flaws to some) and position themselves in places for success.
She Did That (2019)
Women set the standard for excellence in business and entrepreneurship and taking care of yourself while running a business is just as important as closing deals. She Did That highlights the entrepreneurial journey of four black women and addresses topics and obstacles they face when it comes to bias and racism, while also shedding light on the importance of self care. Any female entrepreneur will feel empowered and want to make a difference in their journey after watching this.
The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley (2019)
As a female entrepreneur, sometimes things go according to plan, and other times they seem to be going that way and then crash. This documentary follows Elizabeth Holmes as she became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, heralded as the next Steve Jobs. However, two years later, her multibillion-dollar company was dissolved. You can learn a thing or two from this film particularly about ensuring that what you’re selling is able to do exactly what you’re telling others
The GLOW Project Movie
This is a full feature film that showcases a dynamic group of top corporate achievers and successful women business owners. These women openly share their lowest lows and how they tapped into their GLOW to achieve success and happiness on their own terms. The movie is the foundation of the GLOW Project and is being heralded around the world as “required viewing for every woman on the planet.” Top women’s associations, such as Ladies Who Launch, Women’s Leadership Exchange, eWomenNetwork, and others, strongly endorse and praise the GLOW Project. Women everywhere are hosting GLOW movie screenings in their homes, businesses and churches.