Must-See Netflix Documentaries for Career-Focused Women

Netflix really knows how to get a girl excited. I can't tell you how much time I've spent perusing the Netflix documentary section, searching for hidden gems, and many of their female-focused options are just that. Informative and inspiring, these films perfect that delicate balance of education and entertainment that so many documentaries lack.

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These 14 films document the challenges that career-focused women regularly endure, from shattering stereotypes and fighting for equality to embracing independence and challenging the status quo.

Find them on Netflix today before they're gone! Kick back after work or cuddle up this weekend and get to binge-watching, starting with the newest flick and working your way your down:

 
 

The First Monday in May (2016)

Follow along for the preparation and showcase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibit, with appearances by bold style icons Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and more.

Great for fans of:

The Devil Wears PradaMemoirs of a Geisha, After the Ball

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A Ballerina's Tale (2015)

Join the American Ballet Theater's first principal African-American ballerina as she narrates the ups and downs of her dance career. Not even a serious injury could derail Misty Copeland from achieving her dreams.

Great for fans of:

The Color Purple, Soul SurferBlack Swan

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What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

See exclusive footage of musical legend Nina Simone, a talented singer, songwriter, pianist of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Oh, and she was also an outspoken advocate for the Civil Right's Movement, as if she wasn't cool enough already.

Great for fans of:

Hairspray, The Help, If I Stay

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Girl Eat World (2015)

Experience the foodie adventure of a lifetime with blogger Kamini Pather, who took home the top prize at MasterChef South Africa in 2013. This 10-part docuseries takes you from Bangkok to Tokyo to Sydney and beyond.

Great for fans of:

Under the Tuscan SunEat Pray Love, Julie & Julia

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The Women's List (2015)

Meet 15 ladies who helped to redefine modern womanhood. Among them: Betsey Johsnon, Madeline Albright and Margaret Cho (Check out the latter two in  18 Outspoken Female Icons Share Their Best Work Advice).

Great for fans of:

The Iron Lady, The Duchess, Bridesmaids

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A Small Section of the World (2014)

Learn how a group of Costa Rican women put their heads together to revolutionize the world of coffee. Plus, hear the original power anthem written for the movie by Alanis Morissette.

Great for fans of:

Slumdog Millionaire, A Film About Coffee, Wild 

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Vessel (2014)

Find out how one female doctor turned her passion for reproductive rights into a global movement. With a little help from a big ol' ship, of course.

Great for fans of:

JunoWhiskey Tango FoxtrotSuffragette

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That Gal... Who Was in That Thing (2015)

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Great for fans of:

Girlhood, Pitch PerfectMiss Representation

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Iris (2014)

Witness the stunning and stylish phenomenon that is Iris Apfel, who's been making her mark on the lives of A-list entertainers and politicians for more than 60 years.

Great for fans of:

Legally Blonde, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf'sJoy

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The Director (2013)

See the superwoman who pushed boundaries as the Creative Director of Gucci for six years. James Franco directs the film, which catalogues 18 months behind the scenes at the Italian fashion hub.

Great for fans of:

Coco Before Chanel, The Dressmaker, The Danish Girl

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Mademoiselle C (2013)

Hear the story of former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, who said au revoir to Paris and took to NYC to launch her own magazine. Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld and even Kanye West make appearances.

Great for fans of:

The September Issue, The Intern, Chocolat
 

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Good Ol' Freda (2013)

Meet the lovely lady who acted as a pillar of strength for the Beatles throughout their time in the spotlight. Freda Kelly tells her story alongside a few of the band members themselves. 

Great for fans of:

The Sound of Music, Almost Famous, Nowhere Boy
 

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Brave Miss World (2013)

Find out how model Linor Abargirl turned a traumatic struggle into a fiery desire for change. From Miss Israeli to Miss World to lawyer and women's activist, this powerhouse can't be stopped.

Great for fans of:

Neon Demon, Still AliceRoom

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Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Uncover the hidden world of 100,000 photographs – taken by Vivian Maier. A nanny by day, this New Yorker spent her free time snapping shots on busy streets. You've gotta see it to believe it.

Great for fans of:

The Woman in Gold, Diary of a Chambermaid, Frida

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