I don’t get much in the way of lady conversation round our house. My only attempts to converse with a female are met with a faint meow by way of response. The Bechdel Test will not be passed within our four walls, but fear not solo-female-household dwellers! I found a bunch of things to watch on Netflix that do.
To pass the Bechdel Test, the film or show must have two or more named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.
So I have to do my bit for the sisterhood, and counterbalance all the testosterone on the telly with my very own not completely comprehensive Netflix Strong Females list. Just so the small men of my house know there’s plenty of kickass women out there besides moi. My husband is well aware of this fact, I wouldn’t have married him if he wasn’t.
Just a note, in picking out what is and isn’t suitable for kids, I’ve found the website Common Sense Media really handy. When you’re watching TV the channels are generally themed by age, but on Netflix there can be a bit of a mish mash of content within the Kids section.
So without further ado:
Orange Is The New Black
daddy, sorry, mommy, of female driven character ensemble pieces, and also, a Netflix Original. The main character Piper started to annoy me a bit in series two but the back stories of the other women make for an overall more interesting second series.
Swedish/Danish original version obviously. This Scandinavian crime drama is amazing, and Sofia Helin’s character Saga Noren is the reason.
The Good Wife
Alicia and Kalinda are fierce. End of. My husband prefers this show to me. Good character development is good character development, regardless of gender.
Frances Ha is like if the tv show Girls had a feature film cousin with an even messier life.
Oh I’m not entirely sure about the conversations in this, and whether it strictly passes the test across the multiples series. But I love the three generations of women in the Bluth family: Lucille, her daughter Lindsay, and Lindsay’s long suffering daughter Maeby Fünke.
And for the kids (as well as you):
The Hunger Games
J-Law rocking a bow and arrow as well as some top notch style.
Merida and her mum kicking ass and taking names. Of course, a young lady can be kick ass without resorting to weaponry.
No weapons, but they can fly. Seriously cool sisters here – I discovered these girls when I was twenty (I worked in a Warner Brothers store). Now I enjoy Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup with my four year old boy. Don’t let their cutesy names fool you.
All images courtesy of Netflix.com