At a time in our lives when the strength and significance of women is more important than ever, celebrating International Women’s Day should be at the forefront of our interests. Though, sadly, the issue of equality is still at hand––even in industries like film where women have been leaders for decades––the possibility of improving these conditions lies in tomorrow, and we must join together and celebrate the social, political, economic, and cultural achievements of women!
In Mary Lambert’s documentary 14 Women, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Annette Bening, she takes a look at the 109th United States congress and how it broke records by (finally) having an astounding 14 women in the Senate for the first time in history. Now, 14 may seem like a small number, but for an institution that already celebrated its bicentennial and never had a number close to this, it was a landmark occasion.
The ladies elect who served in that Congress were Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Susan Collins, Elizabeth Dole (seen above), Lisa Murkowski, Olympia Snowe, Dianne Feinstein, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln, Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, a current candidate for U.S. President.
The film puts together interviews with each senator’s families and opens our eyes to their insights regarding the definitive idealism of each woman. With special appearances from then-Senator and current Vice President Joe Biden and everyone’s favorite Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, this is a must-watch documentary to support the equality and intelligence of women in our nation.