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6 Inspiring Movies about Mom Entrepreneurs


Hollywood loves to make movies about mom entrepreneurs because—as we are wells  aware at Pepperlane—these stories at SO INSPIRING! We hope you will see a bit of yourself in these real and fictional mothers who are building businesses on their own terms. 

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  1. Self Made: Becoming a self-made millionaire is a major accomplishment. Now imagine doing it as a Black woman in the early 1900’s. That is the stuff of legends. Madam C. J. Walker is that legend. This Netflix mini series, starring the mighty Octavia Spencer, tells the story of how Walker built a haircare empire, becoming America’s first Black, self-made female millionaire. 

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  2. First Wives Club: This 1990’s classic will make you want to call your besties from college and create a business together (and also buy chic white suits). After being wronged by their husbands, and society, three women (Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton), band together to create better opportunities for themselves and all mothers. 

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  3. Chocolat: Mmmm chocolate! This delicious film stars Juliette Binoche as Vivienne, a fearless mom entrepreneur in a conservative, provincial french village. Her chocolate shop becomes a safe haven for the town’s women to explore their sexuality, escape domestic abuse, or to satisfy their sweet tooth. 

  4. She Did That: This documentary shares the stories for black female entrepreneurs. They will inspire you with their tales of resiliency, creativity and motherhood. Beyond the strong storytelling, this film is filled with facts and figures about the growing movement black female entrepreneurs. 

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  5. Baby Boom: After being pushed out of the corporate world when she becomes a mother, J.C. (Diane Keaton) decides to build her own business. Sound familiar to anyone? This film embodies the Pepperlane message that “Motherhood is good for business”. It also makes you want to move to Vermont. 

  6. Beauty Shop: What motivates Queen Latifah’s character, Gina, is something we see a lot at Pepperlane...creating a business to provide better opportunities for our children. Gina takes on all the stress and uncertainty of opening her own salon to pay for her daughter’s school. With determination, humor and scissors, Gina builds a business that she, her daughter and her employees are proud of. 

Please tell us which movies about mom entrepreneurs we missed! Add your comments below and we will update our list. 

Written by Team Pepperlane

The Pepperlane team is a group of women who are leaders, entrepreneurs and mothers.

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