7 best Netflix shows and movies to watch that celebrate women

Enola Holmes. Image Courtesy Netflix, Legendary
Enola Holmes. Image Courtesy Netflix, Legendary /
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Sex Education Season 3. Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs, Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley in Episode 7 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020 /

It’s officially March, marking the celebration of Women’s History Month in the United States! The national observance is meant to honor the contributions and achievements made by women from past to present. Here at Netflix Life, we’re excited to dive into the best movies and shows that empower women.

From Millie Bobby Brown’s character Enola Holmes to the mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in the always-popular Gilmore Girls, there are so many powerful female characters on Netflix to look up to.

Netflix shows and movies for Women’s History Month

Without further ado, here are our TV show and movie recommendations to celebrate Women’s History Month with. Some are Netflix originals, while others are simply available to stream on the platform in the United States.

Best Netflix shows: Sex Education (2019-)

Rating: TV-MA

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault

Though the main character in Sex Education is a young man named Otis (Asa Butterfield), the comedic series takes on more of an ensemble cast by the most recent third season. Most notably, we get to know Maeve (Emma Mackey), a teenager who faces troubles many of her classmates couldn’t even imagine. Living on her own estranged from her drug addict mother, Maeve is determined to do something greater with her life. She’s incredibly intelligent and in season 3, she gets accepted to a prestigious school in America for gifted and talented students.

Maeve’s best friend Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) is just as inspirational. After she’s sexually assaulted on a public bus, we follow her journey as she tries to cope with the trauma. Without giving away too many spoilers, there’s a beautiful scene in which Aimee’s female friends help her get on the bus again, and it’s enough to make anyone cry!

Sex Education has been praised for its depiction of sexual assault trauma. Season 4 is officially in the works, and we’re just waiting for a release date.