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From stories of women who have overcome the worst situations to those that break stereotypes with their gal pals by their side, here are all the Netflix shows you should be watching ahead of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day falls on March 8 this year and as always, the day commemorates the many achievements of women as well as the continuous push for a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

As we gear up towards the day, we want to highlight some incredible shows on Netflix that celebrate femininity, empower women and break the stereotypes. 

Here are five shows to binge-watch in the lead up to International Women’s Day.

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1. The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window

Above The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window is a series about a woman named Anna who is grieving the murder of her young daughter and the subsequent annulment of her marriage. 

She frequently mixes alcohol with her medication and as a result, suffers from hallucinations and a fear of the rain. One day, she is convinced that she witnessed a murder. Due to her past, everyone refuses to believe her and she has to go in search of the truth herself.

Starring Kristen Bell, this is one show that really showcases the strength of women as they overcome some of the worst emotional and physical tolls for the people they love and the causes they believe in. 

Watch it here.

2. The Queen's Gambit

Above The Queen's Gambit Trailer

The Queen’s Gambit is a series that follows the life of a young orphan as she becomes a chess prodigy and as she climbs the ladder in the chess world all while battling a drug and alcohol dependency. 

The show celebrates women breaking into male-dominated worlds, thriving in them and overturning stereotypes. Since its debut, the show has also won eleven Primetime Emmy Awards and was Netflix’s top programme in 63 countries when it was first released. 

Watch it here.

3. Dead to Me

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On the surface, Dead to Me is a show about two middle-aged women coping with grief following devastating circumstances. However, as you delve deeper into this dark comedy, you will see that this friendship is anything but ordinary.

Jen is a recently widowed real estate agent and Judy is the woman who accidentally killed her husband in a hit and run accident. The two come together during a grief group therapy session and are quick friends. However, things take a turn when Jen finds out who Judy really is. 

While this show does go in rather shocking directions, the bond between the two women is certainly something that will warm your heart. 

Watch it here.

4. Sweet Magnolias

Above Sweet Magnolias Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix

You’ve probably been seeing Sweet Magnolias all over the home page of your Netflix account lately and that’s because the second season recently dropped much to the excitement of fans of the small-town drama.

Sweet Magnolias is a romantic drama that follows three South Carolina women who are best friends as they deal with complicated love lives, family drama and career troubles. 

The show celebrates friendship and the strength of women so if you haven’t checked it out yet, now is the perfect time to do so because you have two seasons to binge.

Watch it here.

5. Bridgerton

Above Bridgerton | Official Trailer | Netflix

Bridgerton is a classic and it is no secret that it already has a large and wide fanbase. 

The show follows an aristocratic family whose daughter, Daphne Bridgerton, is entering her first season to find an eligible suitor. 

When she meets Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, trouble ensues as the pair enter into a mutually beneficial relationship that will get them both out of having to be paraded around and married off. 

Not only does this show push for women empowerment, it also emphasises women are more than just their looks and eligibility for marriage. 

Now is the perfect time to catch up or rewatch season one because the aristocrats will be returning to Netflix on March 25, 2022, for its second season.

Watch it here.

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