UPDATED June 17th, 2017
On August 12, 1939, MGM Studios premiered The Wizard of Oz based on L. Frank Baum’s classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Seventy-Five years later, it is still one of the most beloved and watched movies of all time. This film owes its timeless appeal to the magical Technicolor vision of Oz, a story that simultaneously embodies enduring American values, and Judy Garland’s iconic portrayal of Dorothy.
With Dorothy as the heroine, and Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West pulling all the strings, The Wizard of Oz broke ground by having no truly powerful male characters. As we follow along on Dorothy’s odyssey, women can learn a lot from her experiences. In her words, “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard; because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” With that in mind, here are 20 more life lessons from The Wizard of Oz for today’s woman.