March 8 is International Women’s Day, and it’s a great opportunity to support an organization that helps women, such as Kiva, WAGGGS, or another great non-profit. Once you’ve done your part, relax with some women-led TV. While the Oscar winners this year were still pretty dude-heavy, you can lift up women’s profiles in TV by streaming and supporting women-helmed projects.
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Cinematography work by women is amazing, but rare. This year Rachel Morrison made history as the first female cinematographer ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Mudbound, the Netflix original movie. She didn’t win, but she noted she hopes her Oscar nod will make way for more women behind the camera.
Netflix has a ton of women-created and directed content. GLOW was co-executive produced by four women, including Jenji Kohan (of Orange is the New Black). Plus, GLOW stars an almost all-women cast and is one of the best things that came out of 2017.
Tina Fey, the co-creator of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, also pops up on screen in the quirky Netflix original, starring Ellie Kemper as the title character. Plus, you need to catch up before (the first half of) season five comes out in May! Per Deadline, the first six episodes will be available on May 30, and the second half of the season will premiere later in 2018.
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Comedian Sarah Silverman’s Hulu original, I Love You, America, is about her having conversations with people she doesn’t agree with about politics and other hot-button issues. Season one is now streaming, and it’s only 10 episodes.
You can watch all four seasons of Broad City with hilarious and creative duo, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Not only did they create and star in the Comedy Central show, it was co-executive produced by Amy Poehler.
Amazon recently cancelled it, but you can still watch the first two seasons of One Mississippi, created by Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody (Juno, The United States of Tara). The show centers around Notaro’s character’s experience of leaving L.A. to go back to her hometown in the south.
Despite Jeffrey Tambor’s exit amidst sexual harassment allegations, Transparent is forging on. Created by Jill Soloway, this Amazon original broke a lot of ground when it began in 2014. The show centered around Tambor’s character’s process of transitioning, and also on the lives of a southern California family dealing with trauma.
For a lighter and newer option, the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel comes at us from the creators of Gilmore Girls and Bunheads. Showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino is back with this series set in 1950s New York, about a housewife who wants to become a comedian.
If you’re in the mood for more funny women, there’s also a ton of stand-up and comedy by women available on streaming services.