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Sick of watching documentaries about the successes of men while documentaries about women tend to focus on them being women.

I had just started a documentary and it's just woman after woman praising and saying what a genius this man was. It focuses on how he built his company from nothing, the impact it had on the world and it's overall legacy. Not once did they bring his gender into play because it wasn't a focus and that's what I'm looking for.

It's so disheartening to be constantly reminded of the struggles women go through just for being women. It's really starting to wear down on me so I'm hoping people can recommend me some documentaries about women who played the game and found just as much success as men.

There's gotta be some good ones where the entire focus isn't on "I'm a woman, this man did this to me (because i'm a woman), this man said that (because i'm a woman) and I overcame it all."

Sick of watching documentaries about the successes of men while documentaries about women tend to focus on them being women. I had just started a documentary and it's just woman after woman praising and saying what a genius this man was. It focuses on how he built his company from nothing, the impact it had on the world and it's overall legacy. Not once did they bring his gender into play because it wasn't a focus and that's what I'm looking for. It's so disheartening to be constantly reminded of the struggles women go through just for being women. It's really starting to wear down on me so I'm hoping people can recommend me some documentaries about women who played the game and found just as much success as men. There's gotta be some good ones where the entire focus isn't on "I'm a woman, this man did this to me (because i'm a woman), this man said that (because i'm a woman) and I overcame it all."

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The Conductor, documentary about Marin Alsop, first woman named principal conductor of a major U.S. symphony orchestra. This was in 2007. It was on PBS. Every time she said she wanted to be a conductor, the reaction from the men was "It just isn't done." Leonard Bernstein was her mentor.

[–] starsstorm 11 points Edited

Lucy Worsley’s Suffragettes and her documentary about Jane Austen.

The Mercury 13 about the women who could have been the first female astronauts. There is some infuriating 60s misogyny, but still a good story.

Double Dare, a documentary about professional stuntwoman Zoe Bell. Bell was Uma Thurman's stunt double in Kill Bill.

Not only is it a great story about a successful woman, but the documentary gives lots of screen time to Bell's wonderful friendship with her mentor, Jeannie Epper.

One more: God Is the Bigger Elvis. It's less than an hour!

Amargosa

This was made 22 years ago, and is about a 76 year old woman, Marta Becket, who lives in Death Valley, and dances ballet in an "opera" of her own creation. She's aided by a single man on occasion, but this story is all hers.

Wings of Hope A Werner Herzog documentary about a young woman, Juliane Koepcke, who is the only survivor of a plane crash, which killed her mother. She makes it out of the jungle from the crash, alone.

Wings of Hope A Werner Herzog documentary about a young woman, Juliane Koepcke, who is the only survivor of a plane crash, which killed her mother. She makes it out of the jungle from the crash, alone.

I didn't know she had a documentary about her! I'll have to check it out.

Check out American Masters, they cover women frequently, like Marian Anderson or Lorraine Hansberry. I saw "Be Natural" about the first female director Alice Guy-Blaché, but it was very conversational. It's probably the last film i went to the theater to see. Like another comment suggested Lucy Worsley has some good history pics.

Dorathea Lange - Grab a Hunk of Lightning (American Masters)

It was made by her grand-daughter.

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