Every girl needs a squad in their life (#sisterhood), whether it is to help you through a breakup, work stress or even to celebrate successes. In both the real world and on screen, we are seeing women shift focus from themselves to their wider community – working together to improve the situation of those around them. We’ve seen a change from female peers treating each other as threats to protégés – women are now interested in working with each other, rather than competing, with the collective goal of advancing women’s rights and representation as a united front. On that note, let’s celebrate the power of sisterhood with these ten shows that champion the power of sisterhood:
1. Orange Is The New Black
After close to four dozens of awards under its belt, it is no surprise that Orange is the New Black is the most watched Netflix Original show. With its diverse cast, stereotypes are frequently being challenged and powerful portrayals of strong women are the norm. The addictive storylines leave us wanting for more and every episode promises a major #squadgoals moment. In the words of Black Cindy, “There’s more strength in a single, unified message.”
The gorgeous ladies of wrestling must come together as one, even though each play a different role – some heroes while others villains – to spark off a compelling storyline for the audience and keeping them at the edge of their seats. Collaboration is hence the most essential element. Not only must they be familiar with their own roles and lines, they must also be able to improvise when things don’t go as planned. Of course, persistence pays off, when they put on a good show and have the audience on their feet, clapping and cheering for the ladies to wrestle out in the ring, filling the air with excitement and adrenaline.
Throw cheeky humour and battling demons into the pot and you will smell Crazyhead cooking. The two amateur demon hunters, Amy and Raquel, stumble their way through kicking demon butts and will soon realise that their special powers benefit one another. They become each other’s best aid and their friendship deepens as they rise to become formidable hunters, threatening the boss demon Big Bad’s world ending plans.
4. Cable Girls
Set in Spain a decade after the first World War, this period piece follows the journey of four women who work at the largest telephone company in 1928 of Madrid. It tells the compelling story where female independence is being struggled for in the late 20s – before women were even given rights to vote. Through fighting against traditional and domestic expectations of women, these ladies form a sisterhood and rely on each other to navigate their relationships with men and troubles.
5. Grace & Frankie
Their husbands left them – for each other. Turns out, Grace and Frankie’s husbands have been secret lovers for the past 20 years! Sharing sorrow and anger, the wives in their 70s find comfort in each other, even though they did not get along well in the beginning. Love, loneliness and friendship are explored as the wives form an unusual yet delicate bond, taking you through a roller coaster of emotions and laughs!
Winner of the prestigious Caméra d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Divines follow a tale of a young dynamic duo in Paris as they embark on the thug life in the streets. From hiding supermarket goods in religious garbs to low level drug deals, these two young girls bond effortlessly as ghetto youths in purse of paper, amidst being lost in the delinquent ambition of getting rich quick.
7. Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
When top student Deidra’s life gets thrown into a sudden turmoil, she is out of options. With her mother imprisoned for domestic terrorism, she has to take charge of her younger sister Laney and kid brother. In addition, Deidra has to quickly come up with a few grand for her mother’s bail and she cannot count on her father, a railway worker who’s rarely around at home, to cough that up. She enlists help from reluctant Laney and they both begin plotting their heist together, stumbling through initial missteps and eventually having to save her younger sister.
8. What Happened, Miss Simone?
“As fragile as she was strong, as vulnerable as she was dynamic.” Genius, brilliant and incredibly talented, Nina Simone – a towering artist and Civil Rights activist – is a hero and cultural icon to feminists. The documentary dives us into her embittered life, reminding us that no matter how celebrated we are and behind closed doors, we all need the warmth and empowerment from our most loved ones.
9. Project Mc2
Science, technology, engineering, and math are the new cool. Four diverse girls who share similar extreme intelligence are recruited by a secret government all-female spy agency. Together, their science and tech skills are put to use as they protect the world, demolishing the stereotype of science and math geeks as a young agent team!
10. Orphan Black
It is shocking enough to find that there are clones of you living their own lives and to make things worse, the organisation that created you is hot on your heels trying to kill all of you. Get thrown into the chaotic life of Sarah Manning, as she discovers her sestras and team up to take down the common evil – their creator, all while they make efforts to give sense to each of their lives and origin. The fight of their lives will either set them all free, or see them meet their end.
(Text: Courtesy of Netflix / Additional reporting: Natalya Molok)