Finding Joy and Why Film Needs Strong Women

By: Anne-Sophie Noel, IATG Contributor February 5, 2016






I went to the movies today. I wanted to see Joy, because I absolutely love the movies David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence do together. I sat in the theatre with my friend, and to be honest, I was skeptical about watching a 2-hour long film about the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. I didn’t have high expectations, but I’m glad they proved me wrong.

When I was watching the movie, I kept thinking about how Joy is so THAT GIRL.

Joy is a woman who never gave up. She knew from a very young age what she wanted to do. She had to put her dreams on hold to take care of her dysfunctional family, and she did it in the most admirable, selfless way. When she had an idea she knew was good, she believed in herself and her product. She faced failure more than once, but she didn’t let anyone or anything get in the way of her success. She’s the kind of woman we should all strive to be.

I’m not an expert in cinema, and I don’t know if this movie will be winning any awards; however, I left the theatre feeling inspired and empowered, so I’d say for me it was a success.

In those two hours, I completely fell in love with Joy and her story.

This is the first movie from David O. Russell featuring a female lead. Not only is it refreshing for his work, it’s refreshing for all of cinema to see the story of a real-life heroine.

I feel like when we talk about strong female leads, it’s often in a superhero or sci-fi context, but this is real.

The movie is semi-fictional, but Joy Mangano is a real person. Her story is realer than real. Her story is important and deserves to be heard. So grab a friend and go see this movie with them. You won’t regret it.

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Have you seen Joy? What did you think? What real-life heroine inspires you? Tweet them some love and tell them why you dig what they stand for.

















About Anne-Sophie

ANNE_SOPHIE_writer_bio.jpgAnne-Sophie is a French Canadian student and a music lover. Nothing makes her happier than singing along to her favorite All Time Low record. She’s a friend, a daughter, a sister. She is that girl. You can also read her personal blog,


Every girl is a work in progress. If you need more help, click here.

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