(1) It is a story about women, in a world where there is a dearth of stories about women.
(2) It passes the Bechdel test with flying colours. And in fact, I think that every time two or more men are talking, they are talking about a woman or women! Which really emphasises that this is a story about women.
(3) It is a stark reminder of how recently the idea that women shouldn’t get paid the same as men, just because, was considered not only socially acceptable but normal.
(4) You might be able to get free tickets! (Until “sold” out.)
There are a few problems with it, from the point of view of race representation, the hawtness of the main characters, the guru-ness of one or two of the men (now, that may be historically accurate, I don’t know, but it did feel a little like a sop, along the lines of “yes these women were awesome but they wouldn’t have been so awesome without these men!”), and so on. But you can’t have everything, and despite those little glitches, we come to my final reason:
(5) It is an excellent film.
* Thumbnail image from sajbrfem’s flickr set, used under a Creative Commons attribution licence.
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