Girl Power


For decades on television, women were shown as helpers, sidekicks and even victims, but rarely shined on their own as strong personalities to be emulated. While female portrayals have yet to infiltrate all programs, many of today's women characters are shining examples of strong women who are independent and get what they want. Get Direct TV at home or Netflix to watch these leading ladies whose characters have admirable traits.

Peggy, 'Mad Men'

Little Peggy may have started out the series quiet and unassuming, but she quickly bloomed into a liberated woman in this '60s iconic show. Instead of being satisfied with a secretary's job, she has carved a career in the most old-boy-network possible, Madison Avenue advertising agencies.


Olivia Pope, 'Scandal'

Olivia Pope is the ultimate in strong women. She started out as White House Chief of Staff, had a love affair with the President of the United States, and left the office to start her own management firm. She uses her own myriad contacts in Washington to achieve justice for her clients, no matter who opposes her.


Claire Underwood, 'House of Cards'

Claire Underwood is one half of the ultimate political couple: wired into every place that counts, able to pull strings her husband Frank can't touch, and still pushing her own agenda. She runs the Clean Water Initiative, a nonprofit organization while working on her husband's career behind the scenes. Ever the pragmatist, she coldly acknowledges her husband's affairs as the cost of doing business, knowing all the time they have a strong bond: POWER!


Elizabeth Jennings, 'The Americans'

A character trying to bring down the United States government may not seem like one worthy of admiration, but Elizabeth Jennings is a strong woman doing what she does best and sticking to her morals as she sees them. Raised in the Soviet Union, she is trained to be a sleeper spy from a very early age. Planted in the United States with a virtual stranger as her "husband," she must create a typical American life on the outside while continuing to follow her spy instructions on the inside. Elizabeth is fiercely in love with her mother country and would never consider betraying her beliefs, even for the easier life of a true American citizen.


Temperence Brennan, 'Bones'

Temperence Brennan began this series as an almost emotionless forensic anthropologist, living in a world of logic and straightforward thoughts. She's come a long way since the series began, falling in love with her partner, Seeley Booth, having a child with him, learning to have a sense of humor, becoming a fiercely protective mother and going into hiding with her daughter when danger threatens and becoming a bestselling author. Always awkward and extremely intelligent, Brennan is the woman most of us root for when it comes to odd underdogs. She seems to have everything, but what she really deserves is happiness.


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The Pink Growl said...

I don't watch any of these other shows, but I love Peggy on Mad Men. She's such a progressive female figure!

Carly said...

Man, some of these shows are on my "to watch" list! Now I'm even more motivated!


ALLIE NYC said...

So funny Mad Men has the word "Men" in the tittle but in many ways it seems to be more about the women.

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Kelly said...

I love Bones and Olivia Pope, great post!

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Dinah Gacon said...

I love Peggy on Mad Men..she is the shit!!! And Scandal is such an amazing show, cannot get enough!!!

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Peonies and American Honey said...

Peggy is pretty much the main reason I watch mad men. Great list, women television heroes definitely need to be acknowledged.


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My-cliffnotes said...

Olivia Pope die love her! Did you know that initially the producers thought she was too pretty for the role.

Miranda said...

Love Peggy & Olivia Pope. "Scandal" is ah-mazing!!! However I think you forgot Leslie Knope from "Parks & Rec" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parks_and_Recreation

Vegan Mama Eco Baby said...

This is an awesome post. I agree that women are rarely shown as strong leaders. Unfortunately, I don't watch a single one of the shows you posted characters from!

Vicki said...

Olivia Pope is legitimately my female role-model ... I adore her! Scandal has had me hooked since the beginning

I only just started watching Bones on Netflix, but I know she ends up with her partner and having a kid, I'm interested to see how her story progresses, cause where I'm at right now that seems unfathomable LOL!

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