Movies I have about women succeeding in fields that other characters thought they couldn’t possibly be any good in:
- Zootopia - In a world of talking animals, Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit police officer.
- Hairspray - fat teenager Tracy Turnblad becomes a television dancer without losing weight; Inez Stubbs also becomes a television dancer despite being black in the 1960s USA.
- Legally Blonde - Elle Woods, a blonde ‘cheerleader-type’, becomes a lawyer.
- Strange Magic - Literal fairy princess Marianne learns how to sword fight, well enough to fight the king of the goblins to a draw.
- various Barbie movies - it’s a reoccurring theme in those.
- Quest For Camelot - Kaylee goes to retrieve the sword Excalibur, stolen from King Arthur by the ex-knight who killed her father ten years ago, and becomes a Knight of the Round Table herself.
I still have to get a copy of Hidden Figures, about the black women who worked for NASA as engineers, mathematicians, and computer-programmers during the Space Race - focusing mainly on Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson (formerly Goble), and Dorothy Vaughan - but I have seen that movie too.
(Fun fact - Hidden Figures and Hairspray take place at the same time. Tracy’s first live television broadcast happens during John Glenn’s space flight.)