We think of entertainment as escapism—a way to get our minds off the realities of our jobs. But some of the best movies and shows double as super-inspiring career journeys that motivate us to get off our couches and get back to the hustle (after the closing credits, of course). Thankfully, September has brought a fresh batch of career-energizing entertainment to all our favorite streaming services. our favorite streaming services.
What’s New in Not-to-Be-Missed Streaming:
Based on a true story, the film follows the careers of a team of African-American women who helped launch the space program in the early '60s. Though initially relegated to data entry and denied opportunities for advancement, these unstoppable mathematical genius-women challenged the limits of oppression to change the course of history.
Who The F*ck Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago
Once an underprivileged Brooklyn teen struggling to come to terms with his sexual identity, Michael Alago became known as the A&R guy who discovered Metallic, White Zombie, Cyndi Lauper and a billion other legendary acts. His journey as a music industry innovator and an advocate for gay rights is chronicled in this fascinating doc.
Call The Midwife
Streaming on Netflix September 18.
Everyone’s favorite British woman in medicine is back with Call The Midwife's sixth season will soon be available on Netflix. Tune in for a fresh batch of episodes, rich in a go-get-‘em attitude that’s downright contagious. If you haven’t seen the BBC series before, this is a great excuse to catch up now. The series is a funny, compelling look at the life and work of midwives in 1950s London. There are bicycles! There’s well-tailored clothing! There are patients to see! And of course, there is sexism to overcome!
Jerry Before Seinfeld
Netflix is constantly rolling out original content. Their new Jerry Seinfeld special is a fresh dose of Jerry like you’ve never seen him before.The comedy special will take Seinfeld back to the iconic comedy club that gave him his start in the 1970s. In addition to iconic jokes, Seinfeld tells stories about his childhood and early days in comedy, a.k.a. when he struggled. It’s easy to imagine that household names have always been successful, but hearing stories of their early work and pitfalls is a great way to remember that failure is just part of the game.
Not New, but Stream Anyway:
Good Girls Revolt
The Amazon Prime series follows a group of women working at the fictional News of the Week, as they prepare to sue for equal rights. It’s based on real-life events at Newsweek. It will both inspire and infuriate you— the perfect mix of emotions to light a fire under you while you're at your real life workplace. Fair warning though, this stellar show was unceremoniously cancelled after its first season— WHY AMAZON?— so you may find your new “get it done” attitude leading you to write a strongly worded letter to Amazon (been there).
You’ve Got Mail
Yes, it’s a rom com. It’s also the story of a strong, independent shop owner fighting to keep her space in the Upper West Side bookstore market. We all know how it ends (if you don’t, no spoilers here, but you should drop what you’re doing and go see it now), but there’s no denying that Meg Ryan is a boss woman who knows the children’s book market better than anyone else. A woman who knows her work inside out and is struggling with online dating? If anything, You’ve Got Mail gets more relevant with age.
Start from the beginning and binge the soapy goodness of this story of the ultimate boss woman in Shondaland. Olivia Pope is always cleaning up other people’s messed with panache before she goes home to enjoy a nice glass of red wine. Self-care is important, which is why we recommend enjoying a nice. Perhaps most empowering of all is Olivia Pope’s signature question, “What do you want?” She asks this question with electric authority, begging not only the other characters but also the viewer to identify what, exactly it is, that you want. So, what do you want? Scandal will entertain you while you answer that question. Afterwards, you’ll feel confident enough in your wants to go out and chase them.
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary was the OG when it comes to working girl comedy. RIP, Mary. We’ll miss you always. Your eponymous show is still a life-changer. Luckily for all of us, it’s streaming on Hulu, so you can watch this classic that will “take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile.” Honestly, if you don’t have time to watch the whole series, the shortest way to feel empowered AF is to play the theme song on repeat during your morning commute.
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