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Alpha Woman video playlist for week of April 17

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With so much time spent at home these days, it’s important to make any time spent viewing programming of some sort of value, even if it’s just diversion. Here’s our inaugural weekly list of the top 5 shows for Alpha Women to watch featuring fierce Alpha Women for the week.

1. Self-Made: Inspired by the life of Madam CJ Walker

This wonderfully inspirational true story that can be viewed on Netflix is about Madam C. J. Walker, an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records. These are the kind of stories we need to hear more of, celebrate and share. Watch it on Netflix.

2. Anne with an E

Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 original series of novels, has been considered a classic children’s novel since the mid-twentieth century, and now with this modern re-take on the series, the story retains relevance for new and older generations alike. Written for all ages, the fictional series is set in Prince Edward Island, and follows Anne, a young orphan adopted by a brother and sister who run a farm in rural PEI.

This new series has met with much critical acclaim for its beautiful portrayal of a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and many challenges, fights for love, acceptance and her place in the world. It can be viewed on Netflix or CBC Gem in Canada.

3. The Post

The Post stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper. Katherine rose to power as the Publisher of The Washington Post when she assumed the post after her husband died. Managing the family-owned paper was potentially the last thing she thought she would be doing after spending her life as a homemaker however, her genius was quickly apparent as she presided over the paper as it reported on the Watergate scandal, which eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. She was the first twentieth century female publisher of a major American newspaper and was once said to be the most powerful woman in America.

This fascinating biopic tells the tale of Katharine and her editor-in-chief Ben as they put their careers and freedom at risk to uncover a scandalous decades-long secret about the Vietnam War. At a time when journalism and media is more important than ever, this film is a must-watch. Watch it on Netflix.

4. Oceans 8

Who can resist such a lineup of fierce women? Bullock, Blanchett, Hathaway, Kaling, Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Carter! The fun tale is a spin-off of the original Oceans 12 franchise and follows a group of women led by Debbie Ocean, the sister of Danny Ocean, who plan a sophisticated heist of the annual Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Great for evening viewing or a virtual viewing party with the girlfriends. Just dropped on Netflix.

5. Ozark

Laura Linney plays the chillingly normal and subversively layered Wendy Byrde on Netflix’s brilliant series Ozark. Her performance is such a fantastic foil to Jason Bateman, it’s like watching a train wreck, you don’t want to watch but you just have to. We haven’t seen a woman this driven and fierce since Claire Underwood on House of Cards. And let’s not forget the electric performance of Julia Garner as Ruth. With F-bombs dropping everywhere this bitchin’ babe keeps even the most hardened mafioso in line. Then there’s Darlene, the wildly intelligent husband killer, opium grower and teenage lover taker. In fact, the women in this show seem to eclipse the men in their ambition, power, business acumen and love of risk taking.

Wendy Byrde’s willingness to sacrifice anything and anyone to chase a deal and make a buck could be perceived as a parable for what is wrong in the United States today. Even her children are up for sacrifice.

We know who’s really in charge in this family, and it sure as hell is not Marty Byrde. Binge watch over a weekend on Netflix for maximum effect.

 

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