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NOW SHOWING: Bold, Female Lead

Women's History Month has come to a close, but if you're not ready to say "au revoir" just yet, here are a few great show and movie recommendations where the women are anything but supporting actresses.

Julie and the Phantoms

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About the show: Teenager Julie finds her passion for music and life while helping the Phantoms, a trio of ghostly guys, become the band they were never able to be.

Why we love it: Madison Reyes gives us all the feels and songs while also serving serving age appropriate, fashion forward looks. She navigates boys, friendship and the loss of her mother all while going through high school. If you have a middle school girl and are looking for a cute show to sit and bond together, look no further.

Fun Fact: This show is based on Julie e os Fantasmas - a Brazilian musical comedy drama.

The Irregulars

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About the show: Misfits investigate a series of supernatural crimes in Victorian London for Dr. Watson and his shadowy associate, Sherlock Holmes.

Why we love it: Thaddea Graham is strong, fierce and witty. She's clearly the stand-out leader among her friends and a protector of them as well. Her sister Jessie also possesses a special ability that initially leads everyone to think she is mentally unfit, but she proves to be much more than anyone thought. This story also has ties to the infamous 221B Baker St and Sherlock Holmes - in a story line where people of color are traditionally left out, Irregulars allows us to see ourselves in roles we'd only read about in print.


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About the movie: Inspired by her mom's rebellious past and a confident new friend, a shy teenager publishes an anonymous zine calling out sexism at her school

Why we love it: Moxie shows a lot of the challenges teenage girls face in high school now, and how archaic policies not only fail to protect them, but make them targets of disciplinary action. Vivian, the main character, goes about "smashing the patriarchy" in a unique way. If revolutions and challenging the status quo are your thing, this Amy Poehler directed film is right up your alley.

The Bold Type

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About the show: Putting together a magazine is not an easy task, requiring a lot of teamwork to finish the job and get the publication on newsstand shelves. That's why the staffers responsible for producing global women's magazine Scarlet lean on one another as they try to find their own voices. While working together to publish each issue of the periodical, they struggle to find their identities, manage friendships and find love.

Why we love it: We get to follow three career driven women as they navigate love, work and all the awkwardness that comes with growing up. The show covers lots of issues, but the girls are always lovingly supportive and brutally honest with each other - the way a good girl tribe should be.

One Day at a Time

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About the show: Unlike Norman Lear’s wholesome '70s sitcom, this reboot stars a Latina-lead cast that includes Oscar-winner Rita Moreno as abuelita Lydia and Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez, a working-class mother of two raising her Cuban-American family in Los Angeles with the help of her mom. With humor, the show manages to address immigration issues, racism, and mental illness.

Why we love it: From quinceañeras to Catholicism, with three generations of strong, vocal Latina women under one roof, there are bound to be some clashes. The show finds a way to address the issues affecting the Hispanic/Latino community while bringing levity and comedy without losing authenticity.

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