Call the Midwife Tells the Stories of Forgotten Women
Feminism is a concept that is sometimes a little hard to define. You could go to the dictionary and it talks about advocating the equality of women with men across all domains, but that rather self-evident truth doesn’t feel sufficient somehow. I’ve always felt that feminism has an obligation to advocate for the value of validity of all women, and their work and experiences. And if that’s the definition you go with, then you’d be hard pressed to find a more feminist show than Call the Midwife.
Call the Midwife is a BBC series based on the memoirs of the same name, written by Jennifer Worth. It centres on the lives of the nurse-midwives of Nonnatus House, in the poor working class area of Poplar in London in the 1950s and 60s. Just to add a bit of a fun twist, half the team of nurses are young women (well, at least until Nurse Crane shows up in the fifth series) and the other half are Anglican nuns. I mean, nuns who also blow you away with their medical competence? Yes, please.