Happy Birthday, Thelma And Louise

25 years ago, a new buddy action adventure film premiered. While most movies within the genre had male protagonists, this film had female protagonists who added one more crack to the glass ceiling.

That movie is Thelma and Louise.  Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis) is a housewife. Her husband would prefer that she stay in that little bubble of everything that is being a housewife. Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) is a waitress whose musician boyfriend is never home. Together, the women will go on a journey to not only free themselves from the confines of their past and what is considered to be “appropriate” for women, but they will also help to  inspire the women in the audience to free themselves of their shackles in their own lives.

 

This movie is revolutionary. Even today, 25 years after the initial release, the journey that the lead characters go on continue to inspire women. What also makes the movie stand out is that there are still very few movies with strong, female protagonists who are not reliant on a relationship or a romantic partner to get by.

Happy Birthday, Thelma and Louise. Thanks for the inspiration.

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