Television today is full of great female characters. Whether you love laughing at a good comedy, or gasping at political intrigue, women stealing the show this year. Take a look at these lovely powerful ladies and see if you’ve missed any.
Daenerys Targaryen starts off life exiled while a child. Next she’s married off to a man for her brother’s benefit, but luckily she is stronger than her sad beginnings. She was reborn in flames as the Mother of Dragons, heir to an empire. A full queen in her own right, she is working her way towards a better world for all. Those who stand in her way end up charred to a crisp.
The leading lady is one strong woman. Krysten Ritter plays Jones, a woman with a dark past. This superhero story doesn’t pull any punches as she works her way through the trauma in her past while tackling the bad guys in her present. Once enslaved by a man who embodies male privilege at its worst, this dark heroine is everything we need her to be.
Featuring the ever amazing Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, this program is part comedy, part drama. Both are happily married women, secure in their lives. Then both their husbands announce they are gay and in love with each other. Both Grace and Frankie are fully developed and powerful characters played by masterful actresses.
Somewhat odd ball and sometimes off-color, this hilarious sitcom is never afraid to poke some good fun into any situation. Ellie Kemper plays the dynamic and personable Kimmy Schmidt, a once sheltered cult victim in her new journey through life in New York.
Another comedy, this time set in the second highest seat of the land. This Emmy award winning program features former Senator Selina Meyer turned Vice President as she navigates the halls of power from the figurehead’s spot. This season sees her taking on the highest seat in the land, teaching us all a new way to respect women in power.
Kalinda Sharma embodies power and prestige. From her trademark boots of justice, to the tip of her well-aimed baseball bat, she always hits her mark. She uses her influence to gather inside information from the police, charm both genders, and get the job done. She is no wallflower fading to the side, she is a dreadnought to be reckoned with. She is truly a leading woman to respect.
Capable and entertaining women are everywhere to be seen in today’s programming. No more are the female leads destined to be saved by a man. These ladies save themselves. Television may never be the same again, and with inspiring sites like Working Women Report and the call to end sexism in Hollywood from many actresses, we can see many more changes taking place in future.