AWFJ REAL REEL WOMAN – Listed by Profession

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AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List shows that women have done and can do everything—and do it well. As monarchs and newspaper moguls, designers and diplomats, artists, entertainers and scientists, these remarkable women have distinguished themselves far beyond the restrictions placed upon them by patriarchal societies. ​We list them by profession to emphasize the breadth of their accomplishments and to acknowledge the extent to which they and their work have influenced history and advanced human civilization.​

Each of the women on AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List has been celebrated and memorialized in film. We note, however, that public interest each woman’s story and accomplishments has come in waves or spurts, depending upon the current political and cultural milieu. To contextualize the influence of the women and their stories have had through the decades, we are also providing a list of films made about them in chronological order by release date.

REAL REEL WOMEN Editors Marilyn Ferdinand and Jennifer Merin

ACTIVISTS

Maria Altmann (1916-2011)
Woman In Gold (2015)

Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
Jeanne d’Arc (1902)
Joan The Woman (1916)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Joan of Arc (1948)
Saint Joan (1957)
Jeanne la Pucelle (1994)
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2018)

Molly Craig Kelly (1917-2004)
Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)

Billie Jean King (1943- )
The Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)
Boycott (2001)
Selma (2014)

Mildred Loving (1939-2008)
Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996)
Loving (2016)

Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Behind the Movement (2018)

Sophie Scholl (1921-1943)
Five Last Days (1982)
The White Rose (1982)
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Felice Schragenheim (1922-1944)
Aimée & Jaguar (1999)

Karen Silkwood (1946-1974)
Silkwood (1983)

ARTISTS

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Frida (2002)

Maud Lewis (1903-1970)
Maudie (2016)

BUSINESSWOMEN

Coco Chanel (1883-1971)
Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Julia Child (1912-2004)
Julie and Julia (2009)

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937?)
Flight for Freedom (1943)
Amelia Earhart (1976)
Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight (1994)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Amelia (2009)

Katherine Graham (1917-2001)
The Post (2017)

EDUCATORS

Annie Sullivan (1866-1936)
The Miracle Worker (1962)

ENTERTAINERS

Fanny Brice (1891-1951)
Funny Girl (1968)
Funny Lady (1975)

Dorothy Dandridge (1922-1965)
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

Billie Holiday (1915-1959)
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

Christine Jorgensen (1923-1989)
The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970)

Loretta Lynn (1932- )
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

Bettie Page (1923-2008)
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)

Alma Reville (1899-1982)
Hitchcock (2012)
The Girl (2012)

The Sapphires (Active 1968)
The Sapphires (2012)

Selena (1971-1995)
Selena (1997)

GOVERNMENT FIGURES

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933- )
On the Basis of Sex (2018)

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)
Mary of Scotland (1936)
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
The Virgin Queen (1955)
Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
Elizabeth (1998)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Princess Kaiulani (1875-1899)
Princess Kaiulani (2010)

Golda Meir (1898-1978)
A Woman Called Golda (1982)

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
The Little Princess (1939)
Mrs. Brown (1997)
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
The Young Victoria (2017)
The Greatest Showman (2017)

JOURNALISTS

Veronica Guerin (1958-1996)
Veronica Guerin (2003)

Mary Mapes (1956- )
Truth (2015)

SCIENTISTS/SOCIAL SCIENTISTS

Gertrude Bell (1868-1926)
Queen of the Desert (2015)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie (1867-1934)
Madame Curie (1943)

Dian Fossey (1932-1985)
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

Mary Jackson (1921-2005)
Hidden Figures (2016)

Katherine Johnson (1918- )
Hidden Figures (2016)

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Florence Nightingale (1915)
The White Angel (1935)
The Lady with the Lamp (1951)
Florence Nightingale (1985)
Florence Nightingale (2008)

Dorothy Vaughan (1910-2008)
Hidden Figures (2017)

WRITERS

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)
Hannah Arendt (2012)

Robyn Davidson (1950- )
Tracks (2014)

George Eliot (1819-1880)
George Eliot: A Scandalous Life (2002)

Le Ly Hayslip (1949- )
Heaven & Earth (1993)

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (1934- )
Farewell to Manzanar (1973)

Helen Keller (1880-1968)
The Miracle Worker (1962)

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
Sylvia (2003)

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)
Gothic (1986)
Haunted Summer (1988)
Rowing in the Wind (1988)
Mary Shelley (2017)

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
The Hours (2002)

 

ALSO OF INTEREST:

AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List

AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN film titles in chronological order

AWFJ WONDER WOMEN: Iconic Fictional Females

AWFJ’s TOP 100 FILMS List

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