A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Don't put yourself in a position of regretting one day what you didn't do. Opportunity doesn't get handed to you; you need to take it.
Positive Role Models
Smart, hard-working, determined women go far, even in traditionally male-dominated fields, when they try.
Violence & Scariness
A human rights attorney talks about her work against human trafficking and its basis in her desire to stop bullies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A lawyer works to free victims of sex trafficking and forced prostitution. Women talk about feeling objectified and judged only by their looks in life and in the workplace.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A woman becomes a beer brew master and encourages women to enjoy beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Empowerment Project is an inspiring 2014 documentary about two friends who are tired of facing objectification and rejection at the workplace because of gender stereotypes that have kept women below the glass ceiling for decades. They decide that if they don't start trying to realize their dream to be filmmakers, the dream will never happen. A cross-country road trip ensues with interviews along the way of extraordinary women who have achieved in traditionally male-dominated fields -- an astronaut, a mathematician, a beer brew master, a TV producer, an architect, a human rights attorney, a politician. Human trafficking is discussed. A lawyer works to free victims of sex trafficking and forced prostitution. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a moving celebration of female achievement that asks the inspiring and instigating question, "What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail?" Director Sarah Moshman and producing partner Dana Michelle Cook assembled a crew of female filmmakers to look at hard questions about why despite years of feminism and attempts at fostering awareness, women still remain stranded in a cycle of stymied achievement. It assumes that years of hitting the glass ceiling has created female self censorship and caution, conditions that hold back as many women as male bias against female achievement.
This message in The Empowerment Project is offered by many of the accomplished interviewees. They observe that women labor in a cycle of self doom created in part by a lack of role models in traditionally male jobs and careers, perpetuating the sense in young girls that certain endeavors are closed to them. The film aims to dash those fears by showing a pilot, a mathematician, an architect, a congresswoman, and others in traditionally male roles who ignored naysayers and forged ahead. But it won't be easy. A black female admiral observes that for women to compete against men, they "don't have the luxury of being average." That statement questions the movie's pat subtitle as the women it presents aren't in any sense ordinary. The good news is such movies are working to raise awareness so that a female black admiral does become ordinary.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.