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Women's History Month

Read through a collection of literature, art, films, shows and musicians that showcase the heritage, talent and diversity of Women to celebrate Women's History Month

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As part of our continued journey to become a more liberated, welcoming and empowering SU for all, our staff have put together a collection of literature,art, films, shows and musicians that showcase the heritage, talent and diversity of Women to celebrate and recognise Womens History Month. 

The pieces on this collection are meant to open our minds, educate, raise awareness and uphold the people from our Female Identifying communities.

Care has been taken to try and incorporate as many identities from our Female Identifying Communities. 

We hope you enjoy making your way through these pieces! 

All pieces listed are not endorsed or affilited with or by UCLan Students' Union


Polite Society (2023)


A merry mash-up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, a martial artist-in-training believes she must save her older sister from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, she tries to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.

Little Women (2019)


In nineteenth-century Massachusetts, with their father away serving in the Civil War, the women of the March family--the loving matriarch, Marmee, and her four daughters, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth--are left all alone to fend for themselves. Faced with genteel poverty, the fledgeling author, Jo March, is struggling to make a name for herself in male-dominated New York City; considerate Meg is now married, and the artistically inclined, Amy, is in Paris with their affluent Aunt March. However, the news of talented Beth's illness will reunite the sisters under the same roof. But, more than anything in the world--much to the disappointment of the handsome next-door neighbour, Theodore "Laurie" Laurence--the fiercely independent Jo yearns for freedom. Must all stories end with a wedding?

Hidden Figures (2016)

Three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.


Its title character is a lively tomboy whose Converse peek out from under her long black hem. She lives in Riyadh, with her loving but complicated family, and dreams of owning a bicycle, which are generally considered improper for young girls. In order to buy the bike herself, she decides to try to win a Koran recitation competition, much to the surprise of her conservative teachers.

The Farewell (2019)

While trying to find her place in the world and establish herself as a writer, Billi, a young Chinese-American woman living in New York City, discovers that her beloved and seemingly indestructible grandmother, Nai Nai, is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. As a result, to spare Nai Nai the agony, Billi's family decides to keep the unsuspecting lady in the dark, going as far as to stage an impromptu wedding in her hometown of Changchun, China, to unite the scattered relatives and keep suspicion at bay. Now, for fear of not keeping her promise to maintain the lie, conflicted Billi's parents ask her to stay in the United States. However, Billi needs to say good-buy. Can she reconcile the contradictions between the Western lifestyle and the Chinese cultural beliefs with her ideals?

Mulan (1998)

This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead.

Queen Padmavati is happily married to a Rajput ruler until a ruthless sultan, Alauddin Khalji, declares war on their kingdom due to his obsession with her.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) 

Chicago, 1927. While awaiting the arrival of the legendary American blues vocalist, Ma Rainey,  to record her best-known songs, the hand-picked members of her backing band--trombonist and band-leader Cutler, seasoned bassist Slow Drag, grizzled pianist Toledo, and cocky trumpeter Levee--kill time bantering on a hot, humid summer afternoon. Before long, tempers flare and painful secrets come to light, and as the demanding diva shows up late for the session, trouble is brewing. As a result, insolent ambition, self-assured arrogance, a deep generation gap, and centuries of black oppression get in the way of stamping Ma's expressive, emotional voice on a vinyl record and wrap it up. But the defiant Mother of the Blues knows that she is the star of the show, and she won't be pushed around. After all, it's what Ma says that counts.
Bottoms (2023) After they accidentally injure their high school's star quarterback Jeff by hitting him with a car, transforming them from awkward outcasts to overnight celebrities, best friends PJ and Josie concoct an elaborate lie about having spent time in a juvenile correction facility over the summer, and with their equally-awkward friend Hazel and teacher Mr G, they start a self-defense club for women in an attempt to lose their virginities to Brittany and Isabel, their cheerleader crushes.
To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters (2016) The Brontë sisters face a bleak future, with their father half-blind and troubled brother Branwell in decline. As their situation worsens, Charlotte sees that writing could offer a way out. All three sisters write novels loosely based on their own experiences using androgynous masculine pen-names which are ultimately accepted for publication. Their success allows them to identify their true gender and to save the roof over their heads. This is the story of the sisters' great novels and their extraordinary battle for recognition.


Invisible women by Caroline Criado Perez

Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates the shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in Invisible Women, diving into women's lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor's office, and more.


Forgotten women by Zing Tsjeng

Forgotten Women reaches around the world and its history to rediscover, retell and reinstate the lives of over 190 important and significant women. From Neolithic times to modernity, Zing Tsjeng has traced the women who have shaped their age and revolutionised society.

Strong Female Lead by Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi investigates the qualities of female leaders who show us how it’s done, drawing on original research and interviews with Madeleine Albright, Mary Robinson, Audrey Tang and many others and answering a vital question: what can women in power teach all of us about leadership?

A History of Women in 101 Objects: A walk through female history synopsis by Annabelle Hirsch

A History of Women in 101 Objects tells a new story of female history, revealing the evolution of the role women have played in society through the quiet power of their everyday items. Much of what we've read about history focuses on the men in power: women's stories are too often hidden or considered unremarkable.

The Marriage Question by Claire Carlisle

Living at once inside and outside marriage, Eliot could experience this form of life - so familiar yet also so perplexing - from both sides. In The Marriage Question Clare Carlisle reveals Eliot to be not only a great artist but a brilliant philosopher who probes the tensions and complexities of a shared life.

Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis

Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies is a collection of writing from extraordinary women, from Hollywood actresses to teenage activists, each telling the story of her personal relationship with feminism.
Girl Up by Laura Bates Hilarious, jaunty and bold, GIRL UP exposes the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, the false representations in media, the complexities of a sex and relationships, the trials of social media and all the other lies they told us.
Make it Happen: You Can Be an Activist by Amika George 

As a teenager, Amika George successfully launched a campaign that pushed the UK government to fund free period products in every school across England. Featuring interviews with world-renowned activists, Make It Happen is her essential and inspirational guide to being an effective activist. From finding your crowd and creating allies to getting those in positions of power to listen, using social media to build a community and protecting your mental health while campaigning, Amika shows you how to create real and lasting change in your world.

Circe by Madeline Miller an epic feminist adaptation of the story of the goddess Circe — the misfit daughter of Helios, god of the sun, and Perse, an Oceanid nymph — whose powerful sorcery leads to banishment. Over thousands of years, Circe crosses paths with a wide cast of characters: the Minotaur, Medea, Jason and other mortals, including Odysseus, with whom she falls in love and has a child. In the end, will she choose to live among mortals or gods?
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood A dystopian novel about a woman's struggles in a totalitarian society where her identity, fertility and freedoms are suppressed. Through Offred's journey, the book highlights the dangers of extremist religious beliefs and the importance of individual resistance.




TV Shows/Shorts/Podcasts

I weigh with Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil challenges societal norms through conversations with thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers, and friends about their own experiences and stories with their mental health. With hilarious and vulnerable conversations amplifying and empowering diverse voices in an accessible way to celebrate progress, not perfection.

Self Made 

the untold story of black hair care pioneer and mogul Madam C. J. Walker and how she overcame the hostilities of turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, and tumultuous marriages to become America's first Black, self-made female millionaire.

Never Have I Ever

Devi Vishwakumar, a teen living in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, takes us through her four years of high school while grieving the loss of her father, clumsily pursuing her crushes, and discovering her true self.

Right Up My Podcast 


Right Up My Podcast is the podcast for those seeking the lesser-known (and occasionally bonkers) methods of self-care, self-love and ways to make you feel good, from laughter yoga to tantric massage; rituals and spells to microdosing; the joy of play to the art of sleep; breathwork to deep work and much much more.
Period. End of a Stentence 

The documentary short follows a group of local women in Hapur, India, as they learn how to operate a machine that makes low-cost, biodegradable sanitary pads, which they sell to other women at affordable prices. This not only helps to improve feminine hygiene by providing access to basic products but also supports and empowers the women to shed the taboos in India surrounding menstruation – all while contributing to the economic future of their community. The film is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Coimbatore, India.

The history chicks podcast 

Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. This podcast takes us on a trip throughout the years, exploring the women who made history or were forgotten by it.

Call The Midwife 

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s to late 1960s.

Sister Sister

Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell are twins separated at birth who learn of each other's existence and come together as teenagers.

The Wilds  (Season 1) 

The series revolves around a group of teenage girls who are left stranded on a desserted Island after a plane crash, but are unaware they are the subjects of a social experiment. Among them we meet Leah, who has survived to tell their story to a pair of federal investigators. Flashbacks offer an intimate look at Leah's pre-island life, and the taboo relationship that broke her heart.

Good Girls Revolt  Based on the true story, Good Girls Revolt follows the lives of women working in fictional "News of the Week" newsroom (based on Newsweek magazine) as "researchers" under a group of male reporters. The story focuses on the lead up to their battle for equal rights in the workplace, notably their right to be reporters.







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