Erin Brockovich. Elle Woods. Leigh Ann Tuohy. Leading ladies that we all adore and all wish we could be a little more like. So often the gender inequality in film is subtle enough that it goes fairly unnoticed. But it’s an undeniable truth that movies which feature a strong, independent female lead (who isn’t just used solely as a foil or love interest for the male lead) aren’t exactly in abundance. So when we do get treated to movies of the like, we cherish them, we watch them over and over again, and we tend to never forget the indellible characters which no doubt have shaped our own decisions as women. These girls aren’t perfect by any standards—but the reason we look up to them as our role models is because rather than give up or (more often the case) rely on a man to solve their problems, they choose to pull from their inner strength and in the end they come out on top of the world because they did things their way. Without further ado, let’s list the 20 greatest movies with fearless female leads!
20. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn)
Everybody knows the iconic image of the ever-graceful Hepburn standing in front of the Tiffany’s store on 5th Avenue, quietly indulging in a croissant, dressed in a floor length gown with black gloves, glam jewelry, big sunglasses, and a tiara to crown her messy yet elegant bun. Holly Golightly is the epitome of New York chic, roaming around in her cute apartment (which, admittedly, her many male suitors pay for), wearing gorgeous outfits and throwing lavish parties—yes, she may have a habit of latching on the nearest rich fella she sees, but Holly is a free spirit. In a manner quite different from the culture at the time, she is an independent woman who doesn’t need to bind herself to a man to have a purpose in life.
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Statistics show that about one out of every four to five women who attend college are victims of a sexual assault. This is a very surprising statistic that also is very frightening for parents that are sending their young women off to college. The fact is that sexual assault on college campuses is on the rise. Still, colleges across the country try to cover up the rising statistic. Four North Carolina State University students were aware of this growing problem and decided to address this problem with their invention Undercover Colors.
Four engineering students from North Carolina State University got together and invented Undercover Colors (@UndercoverColor). This is a welcomed product that addresses, the date rate problem that is very prevalent at some college campuses across the country. More college age girls than you imagine complain that someone spiked their drink at a party or social gathering with a date rape drug. The drug is almost impossible to detect, after it is placed in their drink. Undercover color is a nail polish that changes color, if it detects the presence of drugs or more specifically the date rape drug. Ankesh Madan, is one of the college students that invented the Undercover Colors product. He stated that their goal was to empower women with a way to protect themselves.
Madan and his fellow inventors were astounded at the amount of crimes that were against women. The young inventors started discussing a pressing problem on campuses across the country and their conversation turned to date rape drugs. They decided to come up with a solution to protect women from the drug. A solution that would easily fit in with the lifestyle of women. They decided on creating a nail polish that easily detected the date rape drug in drinks. The woman wearing the polish simply dips her fingernail with the polish into a drink. In a few seconds the polish will identify the presence of a date rape drug by changing color.
Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Tasso von Windheim are the inventors of Undercover Colors a wearable nail polish that quickly detects the presence of a date rape drug in a drink.