Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” Has a Female-Empowering Touch


Melissa Hillier

The film adaption of “A Wrinkle in Time” released on February 26, 2018.

The film adaption of A Wrinkle in Time, one of science fiction’s most prominent novels, was released on February 26th, 2018, with a very eager audience. The movie contains a well-known cast, and the diversity and representation of the female characters, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, gave this film an especially strong, female-empowering touch.

“When you say ‘feminizing,’ people think of softness in certain places, but I think of strength in other places,” the director of this film, Ava DuVernay, told The New York Times.

She wanted to create a movie where females could see themselves being represented in a genre normally dominated by males.  In A Wrinkle in Time, she showed that any woman can be as strong and shrewd as any male character in this type of film.  

Not only does A Wrinkle in Time display femininity through its cast of female role-models, it also does not shy away from incorporating feminism through its costumes and environments throughout the film. 

Junior Lauren Fromkin agreed with this sentiment saying, “The Misses and Meg embodied modern feminist ideals by taking control of what they wanted and being females in positions of power, and I think that a movie like this is essential for girls, so they can have female leads to look up to.”

Freshman Myanda Barenholtz shared her thoughts on the movie, “We need more female representation in science fiction movies like A Wrinkle in Time to get the younger generations of girls to realize that they can go into careers with science and math.”

Having more females across all movie genres, especially science fiction, helps young female viewers feel more comfortable and confident in similar environments involving science, technology, math, and more.  A Wrinkle in Time has taken a huge step in transforming and expanding the roles women play in such films.  

Sources: New York Times, The Washington Post

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