On Saturday, I took my daughters to see "On the Basis of Sex," the biopic of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's early career. Lucy, 12, Penny, 9, and I had been talking about it since we first saw the trailer last summer, so on the first weekend it played in Charlotte we were there.
In honor of Ginsburg's trail-blazing fight for gender equality under the law, I thought I'd offer five other movies to inspire the girls in our lives. But to be honest, if I had sons, I'd have them watch all of these too. After all, Martin Ginsburg said the greatest thing he ever did in his life was to support his wife so she could do her life's work. Isn't that a great lesson about relationships?
You know what's another great lesson? Sometimes as a busy, entrepreneur you have to make time to kick back and relax. Even if just for two and a half hours. When I know that I'm going to have a movie date with my girls, I don't let work creep into my weekend. We all deserve a break -- and the chance to be inspired and re-energized. Stories do that for me. Find what does it for you. In the meantime, here are some movies that impressed me and my girls and that might provide a well-earned break for you, too.
Before I took the girls to see "On the Basis of Sex," we watched "RBG," the 2018 documentary of her life and career. You get to hear Ginsburg herself and even see her work-out with her trainer, which is phenomenal. And you learn more about her early life, including the influence of her mother. I loved how the film covered Ginsburg's close friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia, her polar opposite politically speaking. What an important lesson about friendship and respect -- something to keep in mind when you don't see eye to eye with a work colleague.
2. "Hidden Figures"
When this movie about African American female mathematicians who worked for NASA came out in 2016, I took Lucy and Penny to see it on MLK Day. It seemed fitting as they were out of school. Penny, whose favorite subject is math and who wants to be an engineer, in particular loved it and could not stop talking about it. My children were appalled to see that libraries didn't always lend books to black families. I hope this movie sticks with my kids and helps them not to take their education for granted. It stands as a reminder to all of us that we must always surround ourselves with the smartest minds.
3. "The Post"
At home, we talk a lot about the importance of a free press and my husband's and my years as journalists. Last year, we discovered that the girls had made their own elementary school newspaper -- by hand -- and were distributing their very limited edition of "News Flash" on the playground. So when I picked up Lucy from school early to see "The Post," I considered it part of her education. Not only did she learn about how journalists jobs are to hold power to account, she saw that nobody should have underestimated "The Washington Post" publisher Katharine Graham. Advice for entrepreneurs: Make reading the news part of your daily routine, because being better informed is always a good idea.
4. "Queen of Katwe"
My girls still talk about this true-life movie about a Ugandan girl who overcame huge obstacles to become a chess champion. Penny, who is always up for a game -- any game, learned chess and got a chess board for her birthday, because of this movie. A movie like this might make you recall your own childhood -- perhaps not as challenging but nonetheless worth sharing say in your LinkedIn profile to explain how you got where you are.
"Mulan" is a go-to movie for Lucy. I recently asked her why. "She's fierce. She's a warrior." There you go. The tale of a Chinese girl who goes to war to spare her father is for girls and boys who tire of Disney princesses. And who doesn't need to feel like a warrior some days at work?
Bonus ideas: My girls and I eager to see Judy Blume's "Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret" when it comes to the big screen. And I have other films I want to share with them, including "Persepolis," the movie version of the graphic novel memoir of a smart, outspoken Iranian girl growing up during the Islamic Revolution.
We're already thinking of the next movies that will move us and inspire us. We're always searching for great stories.