Your Go-To Feminist Holiday Movie Guide

Your Go-To Feminist Holiday Movie Guide


Nov 30, 2016

If you are anything like some of us on the MAKERS team, you have been counting down the days until the holiday season since, well, long before it was acceptable to do so.

But even if you haven't been counting down, chances are you will likely be watching at least one holiday film in the next few weeks, so why not make it one with a strong female character?

Because a feminist holiday film is a gift that keeps on giving. 

Check out the list below for some of our favorite feel-good holiday movies with female characters that will make you proud.

"Miracle on 34th Street"
While many believe the man claiming to be Santa Clause is insane and meant to be locked away in an institution, a lawyer and a determined young girl set out to prove that he is the real deal in order to save Christmas.

"The Holiday"
Though this is a movie of romance, the two lead actresses Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet play characters whose lives take a turn. Both powerful women in their fields — film advertising and journalism, respectively — Diaz and Winslet swap homes for the holidays on their very own independent journeys to regain control of their lives.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
In this holiday classic, the main protagonist, Cindy Lou Who, goes against the warnings from all of Whoville's residents about the danger of the Grinch, a green recluse who has hated Christmas since he was bullied as a child. Because of his past, the Grinch seeks revenge and tries to "steal" Christmas from the Whos. Cindy Lou saves the holiday by convincing the Grinch to return everything he stole, and reminds us all that Christmas is not about the things you get, but the people you're with.

"Eloise at Christmastime"
Those who have seen this movie have most likely fallen in love with Eloise's free spirit and sense of independence. Leave it up to her to play matchmaker in this film, making and breaking things along the way.

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