The Golden Globes… The Academy Awards… The Critics Choice Movie Awards…The People’s Choice Awards…it can all be a bit much. But there’s one important award left to give this year, and YOU get to vote on this one: the MEDIAGIRLS #realmediagirl Award. We asked our Youth Advisory Board to choose the female film character who most empowered and inspired girls and women this year. They’ve chosen their nominees, and now the vote is up to you! Cast your vote using our poll before April 6th; we’ll announce the winner April 9th!
I picked “Wonder Woman,” aka Diana, played by Gal Gadot. When the movie came out, I was so excited because there was finally a strong female superhero movie, which is rare in today’s media. Diana is a strong, independent women who bravely fights for the Allies to end World War One. She is powerful and an amazing fighter, but she also has a more affectionate side to her as she cares about all of the innocent civilians in the war and falls in love with American pilot Steve. Diana shows that women have many sides; we can be strong and sensitive. At the end (spoiler) when Steve dies, Diana carries on and proves that women do not need to end up with the guy at the end of the movie. Wonder Woman was one of the more influential movies of 2017, and inspired so many girls and showed them that they can be strong and compassionate. –Olivia
I nominated “Princess Diana” from “Wonder Woman,” played by Gal Gadot. She deserves this award because she shows the world many inspiring things. She shows that you don’t need a lover to be successful. She goes behind her mother’s back to learn how to fight, even though her mother is against it. She saves a man who would’ve drowned without her. She pretty much saves the world, so that’s pretty honorable in my opinion. –Risa
“Shuri” in “Black Panther,” played by Letitia Wright, is the 16-year-old sister of T’Challa, and this character definitely gets my vote. She’s brilliant with technology, and there is no obstacle too big for her when it comes to creating an invention that will save the day. She doesn’t freak out when her inventions don’t work; she gets back to work until she fixes the issues. And unlike in a lot of other movies, this girl who loves science is funny and wise-cracking rather than shy and nerdy. I love how confident she is, but she also doesn’t take life too seriously even though she’s fighting everyday for social justice and peace! There’s no character like her! –MEDIAGIRLS Youth Advisory Board Coordinator
I’m nominating Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson from “Lady Bird,” played by Saoirse Ronan. I love everything about her! Not only is she a female lead in a female-written and -directed movie, but she’s a character written like an actual girl, which is so important. In the coming of age movie, Lady Bird’s struggles are relatable and real. They paint her as a complex, multidimensional character; she marches to the beat of her own drum, but also wants to fit in and find her place. But what I love most about is that writer/director Greta Gerwig centers the movie around the relationships between Lady Bird and the other women in her life— like her mom and her best friend— instead of the main focus being some love interest. Overall, Lady Bird is the perfect #realmediagirl movie and every girl/woman/daughter/mother/human being should see it.–Annie
I chose “Lady Bird” because of how independent she is. Even though throughout the movie she is influenced by her boyfriends, at the end of the day, they were irrelevant. It was really about the relationships she had with the other women in her life, such as her mother and her best friend. She is incredibly independent, and always follows her dreams, whether it be her college choices or her high school play. –Claire
Billy Jean King
A strong female character in movies this year was Billie Jean King played by Emma Stone in “Battle of the Sexes.” Although this is slightly different because this movie documents a true event, Stone and the rest of the cast and crew brought attention to and honored a woman who changed the game for both women and people who identify as LGBT (plus). I picked Billie Jean King specifically because she proved that there’s more than one way to make an impact, and therefore everyone can make an impact. —Sasha
I pick “Belle” from “Beauty and The Beast,” played by Emma Watson because I think she played the part wonderfully, and also had an amazing, strong, and beautiful voice in it. I also selected her because Emma Watson is an incredible actress, and also is a feminist who speaks out on important issues. –Amari
I pick “Moana” because she is a strong, independent young woman who doesn’t need a man and is an awesome role model to girls everywhere! –Maisie
I think that a strong #realmediagirl in a movie is “Beverly Marsh,” played by Sophia Lillis, in the movie “IT.” I chose her because in the film, she deals with lots of struggles like bullying and abuse from her father. After this, she has to fight a clown monster, or IT, and almost dies. She was very strong and was able to get through this all and live her life, and she ignored the bullies and went her own way. –Hannah
I choose “Elastigirl” played by Holly Hunter because she is strong and saves the day. In “Incredibles 2” Elasticgirl is the hero while Mr. Incredible takes on the challenge of the three children. –Shira
All amazing choices, right? The first thing we need to do is celebrate ALL of these female characters that are strong, multi-dimensional, inspiring and powerful! We want even more! Next, we have to give a huge s/o to the inspiring women of “Hidden Figures” who somehow didn’t make it on this list but were so inspiring and REAL! Okay, now it’s time to go back up to the poll, vote for your favorite, and ask your friends to vote too! Remember that the #realmediagirl Award winner will be announced on our social media on April 9th!