Feature films and TV Shows are a reflection of the society. They represent a man’s vices and virtues. They make him feel understood, and they also reflect the problems in our cultural climate. Gender inequality in mediums of conventional entertainment though subtle is prevailing till date. That’s precisely why TV shows and films with strong female leads are such a welcoming change.
You look up to these characters and cherish them. You process your experiences through them and strive to live up to their morals. You dream to become these women someday. You take strength in their victories, and their powerful presence is enough to lift your low spirits. We’ve featured six powerful female protagonists who represent modern women and inspire them to believe in themselves.
1) Donna Paulsen – Suits (Legal Drama)
Donna Paulsen is a force to be reckoned with. When she’s not busy being Pearson Specter Litt’s favorite fixer upper, she’s too busy knowing EVERYTHING! Her super-human powers can detect discrepancies instantly so don’t even try to cover up your multitude of sins, she ALWAYS knows.
Donna is way more than an ambitious secretary; she would go to any lengths for her work family even if it meant putting her career on the line. Also, she invented squad goals, so apart from celebrating Harvey’s victory she always keeps him in line regularly. She’s beautiful, she knows it and if you try to place limits on her beauty, she will burn you (Can we meet her already?).
2) Meredith Grey – Grey’s Anatomy (Medical Drama)
Meredith Grey is an extraordinary surgeon and a single mother of three. She is a dependable sister, a tough-loving mentor and an unmatchable best friend. She is fierce, she loves deeply, and she is a woman of contradictions.
She’s her own knight in shining armor. Her strength lies in her ability to gloriously dance through darkness and hold her own, come what may. She is an example of the life lessons that only grief can teach you in life. Admit it, from standing in the sun to conquering your inner demons; you’ve grown with Meredith, and you trust her to be your very own fictional person. When there are signs of a storm incoming, we know you wish for a Meredith in your life.
3) Olivia Pope – Scandal (Political Drama)
Olivia Pope builds gladiators in suits. Her gladiators can handle anything. They give birth to heroes who go on to make history; together, they stand behind the most influential pillars of the nation. No one can play the game of politics better than her. She always has the cards to play and the game isn’t over until she says it is.
Give her an ultimatum, and she will choose herself. Intimidate her with your power, she will crush you and show you who the real boss is. On one hand, she is the thankless Iron Lady building a better nation and on another, she lets herself be consumed by a devastating and overwhelming love.
4) Penelope Garcia – Criminal Minds (Crime Solving)
All hail the quirky, cheerful, confident and flamboyant Technical Analyst of the BAU, Penelope Garcia. She is the energy center of the show. Amidst all the blood and tension, she will get you to smile.
She flirts with Morgan as if her life depended on it. Her obsession with all things pink knows no bounds and most of all; she wears her eccentricity like a shield. FBI Agents always put up a tough exterior, but Penelope is never afraid to show her emotions. She will break down in front of you from time to time. But she knows being sensitive isn’t a weakness, in fact, it only makes her stronger.
Don’t let personality fool you, though, if you cross her, she will set you right and maybe even hack into your bank account and empty it. Admit it, beneath all her quirks, is a strong woman who always chooses to see the best in people.
5) Daenerys Targaryen – Game of Thrones (Adventure, Fantasy)
She’s Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.
If that wasn’t intimidating enough, she once ate a whole horse’s heart without cringing. Only a fool would get in her way because she is determined to take what is hers with fire and blood.
Unlike many rulers who want to rule to get a taste of power, she wants to make this world a better place. She is a revolutionary. She envisions a world where slavery and poverty don’t exist. Fight with her and she will protect you, fight against her and she will burn you to the ground. She is a visionary leader who needs no saving, and we know you can’t wait to take her as your queen.
6) Dr. Temperance Brennan – Bones (Forensic Anthropology)
Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan is the greatest forensic anthropologist in the world. She knows it, you know it and she makes sure everyone else knows it. She is one smart cookie. She thinks assumptions are erroneous, and she can understand quantum mechanics, but her social skills are limited. Most people believe her to be arrogant, but really she is just confident.
You may think fighting crime alongside her husband will comprise her objectivity. But her conclusions are always based out of unbiased observations and fact. If you’re in trouble, Brennan will prove your innocence to the world only on conclusive examination.
She’s a great mother too. She believes in upfront honesty, so her daughter always gets to hear the plain truth just as it is. Her science jibber-jabber is quite confusing, her sense of humor is weird but with Temperance Brennan by your side, you will strive to be the best version of yourself.