International Women's Day | March 8

International Women's Day 2024 campaign theme: "Inspire Inclusion" For International Women's Day 2024 and beyond, let's Inspire Inclusion. When we inspire others to understand and value women's inclusion, we forge a better world.



This selection of winning films is curated by the film festival director. These films feature remarkable women who are having a powerful positive impact in their communities and in the world.

Eva Haller Salon (excerpt) - BlackHERstory ft UNLADYLIKE2020

By: Eva Haller
Eva Haller hosts guests from the MY HERO Team to celebrate Women's History Month joined by Charlotte Mangin and Sandra Rattley from the UNLADYLIKE2020 Project

Malala: The Story of a Hero

Produced by:Lora Batchelor Middle School
This is a video about Malala Yousafzai and how she stood up for women's rights.

Oasis: The Projection of your own Identity

By: Amiko Muscat
Jessica Recinos, a choreographer based in San Francisco is yearning to pursue her identity and culture through dance.

Keiko Fukazawa

By: Anabelle Vo & Margot Bennett
Keiko Fukazawa uses her art to address an issue that has greatly impacted the quality of life in America: gun violence.

The Unbound Project - Sarah Heiligtag

By: Thomas Machowicz, Sabina Diethelm
The founder of Transfarmation shares her vision for a healthier world.

A Prayer for My Mother: The Eva Brettler Story

By: Cheri Gaulke and Samara Hutman
An animated film that chronicles the extraordinary saga of Holocaust survivor Eva Brettler – a child facing brutality and profound loss who finds sustenance in faith and her own dreams for the future.

Yasmine Sherif Global Educator Award Winner

Kitty Richardson
Congratulations to Yasmine Sherif, the Director of Education Cannot Wait and the winner of the 2020 Global Educator Award.

Geralyn Dreyfous | Impact Partners

Produced by:MY HERO
Excerpt from our interview with Geralyn Dreyfous, recipient of the MY HERO International Film Festival 2019 Media Award.

Is the Taliban's return the end of music in Afghanistan?

Cormac Walter O'Brien
"As the Taliban take control, members of 'Zohra', Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra, wonder what's next for their music and rights as women.


Produced by:Cheikh Seck (Mentor)
A film about Oumy, a junior high student from Dakar, Senegal. Oumy speaks about her pursuit of education and the hardships that women in her country face.

Eva Haller Salon - Dr. Sakena Yacoobi & Rev. Chloe Breyer

Eva Haller

Women's History Month

By: Anastasia
A montage celebrating great women for women's history month!

Story from the Christian Science Monitor

Women win big at Grammy Awards: Swift, Cyrus, Eilish

By: Maria Sherman
February 5, 2024 - The Grammy Awards showcased wins for women, including Taylor Swift’s fourth album of the year, Miley Cyrus’s record of the year, and Victoria Monét as best new artist. [CSM Story]


These present-day heroes follow their passions in supporting and pursuing women's rights and equality, both globally and in their own communities.

Cole Brauer - An Inspiration for Women

By: Abigail Richardson
Cole Brauer is a pioneering figure in the sailing world; she has navigated uncharted waters, shattered stereotypes, and is an inspiration for women.

Lekha Singh

By: Abigail Richardson
Lekha Singh is a fine art photographer, filmmaker, and activist.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter: Empowering Change Through BeyGood Charity

By: Abigail Richardson
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, born September 4, 1981, is an American singer, songwriter, philanthropist and businesswoman.

Dr. Mandeep Rai – MY HERO's 2022 Global Educator

By: Abigail Richardson
Dr. Rai, author of The Values Compass wins MY HERO 2022 Global Educator Award.

Pashtana Durrani

By: Deborah Neff
Pashtana Durrani, who received the Malala Fund Education Champion award for her work on behalf of education for Afghan girls, is determined to continue providing educational opportunities for women and girls, even if she has to resist the Taliban and go underground.

Samar Minallah Khan

By: Abigail Richardson
Samar is a filmmaker, anthropologist and activist. In the media, she has been referred to as ‘The Savior of Souls,’ one of the ‘Women who rock the world,’ ‘The Crusader with the Camera’ and the ‘Women that changed Pakistan.’

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Hero and ‘Mother of Afghan Education’

By: Abigail Richardson

Shree Bose: Scientist, Inventor and Member of Forbes 2023 30 Under 30

By: Naomi Gledhill
Shree Bose is an American scientist, currently working towards an MD from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, and has been included in Forbes’ 2023 30 Under 30 list

Yasmine Sherif: Winner of the 2020 Global Educator Award

By: Shannon Luders-Manuel
Yasmine Sherif, who leads Education Cannot Wait, is the winner of MY HERO's 2020 Global Educator Award.

Malala Yousafzai: The One With a Voice

By: Alex Zakoor
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for girls' education and the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sahraa Karimi

By: Deborah Neff
Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi speaks out about the future of Afghan cinema and the rights of girls and women as the Taliban takes over the country in August 2021.

2019 MY HERO Global Educator Award Winner Melinda Gates

By: Betty Bailey
Melinda Gates' women heroes in Africa and India teach her how to uplift the women in their communities through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Sangeetha Sekar

By: Mohit Arora, Aishwarya Ashok, Shikha Kumari
Sangeetha Sekar is an award-winning soccer player (footballer) who lives on the streets with her family in Chennai, India.

Shirin Ebadi

By: Chloe McGee
Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer and former judge, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for fighting for the rights of women, children and refugees.

Listen & Read Along

Viola Vaughn

By: Brande from Spokane
Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.

Raden Adjeng Kartini

By: Ines from Jakarta
Raden Adjeng Kartini championed education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.

The Unladylike Series Celebrating Influential Women

UNLADYLIKE2020 is an innovative multimedia series featuring diverse and little-known, trend-setting American heroines from the early years of feminism, and the women who follow in their footsteps.

Eva Haller Salon (excerpt) - BlackHERstory ft UNLADYLIKE2020

Produced by:Eva Haller
Eva Haller hosts guests from the MY HERO Team to celebrate Women's History Month joined by Charlotte Mangin and Sandra Rattley from the UNLADYLIKE2020 Project

UNLADYLIKE2020: Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman wanted to become an aviator. Rejected from every U.S. aviation school for being a woman and black, she refused to take no for an answer.

UNLADYLIKE2020: Margaret Chung

Margaret Chung aka "Mike" aka "Mom Chung of the Fair Haired Bastards," was the only woman in her med school class. She advanced women's ability to serve in the armed forces.

UNLADYLIKE2020: Ynes Mexia

A late bloomer, botanist Ynes Mexia enrolled in college at the age of 51. She led expeditions, including in the Amazon rainforest, discovering 500 new species of plants.



By: Clementine Hunter
Artwork by artist Clementine Hunter, 1981.

Mu Nu/Yellow River

By: Hung Liu
Mu Nu/Yellow River is a delicate etching work made by the Chinese-American artist Hung Liu, capturing a close-up shot of women dragging a ship upstream on the Yellow River.

Palestinian Women Mural

By: Unknown

Girls and Women

By: Nasrin Sadeghi Bojd from Iran


By: Nina Falaise Cooper

Eleanor Roosevelt

By: Robert Shetterly


Our Curators


Short films curated by MY HERO International Film Festival director Wendy Milette


Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editor and Story Director Abigail Richardson.


Audio curated by MY HERO Audio director Stu Pearlman. 

Organizer created on 2/19/2014 9:50:59 AM by Becky Miller

Last edited 3/6/2024 2:31:31 PM by Abigail Richardson