"Black Panther" Has Enough Female Empowerment In It To Last You The Rest Of The Year

Wakanda women, FOREVER!

Although Black Panther was directed by a man, written by men, and stars a male lead character…

Although Black Panther was directed by a man, written by men, and stars a male lead character...

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…the power of women runs deep throughout the film, from beginning to end.

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Let’s start with Shuri, portrayed by Letitia Wright. Shuri is T’Challa’s (Black Panther) younger sister. She’s also Princess of Wakanda.

Let's start with Shuri, portrayed by Letitia Wright. Shuri is T'Challa's (Black Panther) younger sister. She's also Princess of Wakanda.

Why she's inspiring:

  • She's an engineer of superior intelligence, which is a refreshing career change to see for women in movies, especially action genres.
  • She's invented countless technologically-advanced gadgets to not only improve the living conditions of Wakanda, but also to protect them. This makes her a pivotal member of society.

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Then there’s Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o. Nakia is an undercover spy for Wakanda, who just so happens to have a heart of gold.

Then there's Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong'o. Nakia is an undercover spy for Wakanda, who just so happens to have a heart of gold.

Why she's inspiring:

  • Nakia's life mission is to help those in need and she wants to start with the underrepresented populations in her own country. She places her needs second to those around her, which allows her to easily sympathize and empathize with those around her.

*She's a woman of many skills, including an extensive background in martial arts training and being a polyglot.

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But let’s not forget about Danai Gurira’s character Okoye, the trusted General of Armed Forces for the royal family of Wakanda.

But let's not forget about Danai Gurira's character Okoye, the trusted General of Armed Forces for the royal family of Wakanda.

Why she's inspiring:

  • Okoye's loyalty is unmatched to any other character in the film. She goes above and beyond for her country, while also protecting her king, and leading the all-female Dora Milaje warriors. She's the epitome of strength, sacrifice, and resilience.
  • She's a woman who's dedicated her life to her craft, living unapologetically by tradition. Bald, bold, and beautiful, Okoye shows why “fighting like a girl” is a compliment.

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And last, but certainly not least, Angela Bassett’s character Ramonda, the Queen of Wakanda.

And last, but certainly not least, Angela Bassett's character Ramonda, the Queen of Wakanda.

Why she's inspiring:

* Although tasked with the title of Queen, Ramonda governs Wakanda with style and grace. On top of holding a royal title, she is also the mother of two of the most powerful people in the country, T'Challa and Shuri. And we all know being a mother is a superpower all its own.

  • She may wear her heart on her sleeve, but it's those same feelings that empower her. Ramonda destroys the stigma of women's emotions equating weakness.

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Not to mention, this is one of the first times I’ve seen women associated with a royal family being viewed as equals to the men in film/TV. Now that’s epic.

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