SERIES THAT SHAPED MODERN WOMEN

You don’t need to have FEMALE IDOLS in order to understand the strong message someone’s sending your way. On most occasions, these messages and inspiration come from fictional characters since they allow you to relate. Some people enjoy a good book and love to read about the thoughts and strengths of their favorite characters.

However, regardless of whether you’re a book lover or not, it’s obvious that the TV shows are equally popular in this particular regard as well. The number of strong female characters isn’t lacking and it’s not difficult to see how the iconic roles may have influenced modern-day ladies in a positive way.

 

Ally McBeal 1997-2002

This may be an old show but it’s still very real. Some may argue that Ally McBeal is not a good representation of a young woman since it puts an end to feminism with Ally’s constant search for a man.

However, Ally shows an independent and strong female character that’s not afraid to rule the courtroom and deal with her issues in personal life. Looking for a suitable match to share the good and bad times with, is as real as you can get - isn’t it?

Sex and the City 1998-2004

There’s no way for this list of shows to not include Sex and the City. You don’t have to be into fashion or interested in hearing sex stories in order to appreciate this show.

Above all else, it's about four independent, confident and strong women who are not afraid to pursue their careers, interests and fight the stereotypes of being a single lady in their 30s/40s).

Most importantly, all 4 of them are very different and unique. It just goes to show that there’s no need for anyone to hide their gorgeous personality in order to be accepted.

SEX AND THE CITY TV SERIES

Doctor Who 2005-Current

Those of you who enjoy a good sci-fi show will definitely appreciate Doctor Who. Some may argue that this show doesn’t have a female lead. That is all about to change with the new casting of fabulous Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.

The show never lacked strong and inspirational female characters though. There are plenty of women in the show that don’t only save the world, but entire universe(s).

Stranger Things 2016-2004

If you got impressed and moved by Angelina Jolie’s performance in Changeling, and generally feel for strong motherly characters that never give up - you may want to check out Stranger Things.

The genre is completely different but that doesn’t mean that Winona Ryder in the role of Will’s mother is not going to take your breath away. She has an unrelenting, devoted and completely badass spirit.

STRANGER THINGS TV SERIES

Friends 1994-2004

Again, you may not have expected to see the lovable sitcom on this list but no one can deny that Rachel, Monica and Phoebe did a lot for motivating young women everywhere to pursue their own thing. Individuality is clearly emphasized, especially when it comes to fashion.

One of the important lessons that Friends' lead ladies had to teach, is not to be afraid to show who you truly are with all the colors of your soul. They served as an inspiration for many ladies to dress the way they like and enjoy some gorgeous women’s clothing.

The strength and importance of friendship is the main motif in the show, hence the name Friends. If you look a bit deeper and behind the comedy, you get to see people who laugh, cry, work hard and overcome hardships in order to become the people they want to be.

Bones 2005-2017

You don’t have to dream of becoming a forensic anthropologist in order to appreciate the strong female lead of doctor Temperance Brennan in the TV show, Bones. She is the perfect example of how your personal environment and hardships in life cannot stop you from achieving what you want.

Even though she may have discovered her career passion first, watching her grow up emotionally while being able to speak up her mind is a great encouragement for all of us.

BONES TV SERIES

How to Get Away with Murder 2014-Current

Looking for something intense? This is undoubtedly a show that you have to pick up. Viola Davis as Annalise Keating is one of the most powerful female characters on TV.

She’s a lawyer and a professor, but her personal life is a complete mess. She faces everything head on. A stellar show in every sense of the word.

Parks and Recreation 2009-2015

Who doesn’t love Leslie Knope? It’s not just about her sense of humor or the fact that she’s a great politician. There’s nothing so inspiring and motivational as someone who has to deal with all kinds of professional and personal hardships yet always has an optimistic look on life.

If you don’t think optimism can be contagious, Leslie will prove you wrong.

PARKS AND RECREATION TV SERIES

Scandal 2012-Current

A powerful and strong woman, that has her own crisis management firm. She stands on her own two feet without being negative, arrogant or condescending. That’s Olivia Pope for you.

This show worth watching for the interesting stories in every episode. Also you can’t help but being drawn in by Olivia’s charisma, style and inexplicable irresistibility.

The Good Wife 2009-2016

This is an excellent example of having every right to get back to work after becoming a Mum and spending time at home to raise your kids.

Alicia and Diane are strong women who know how to do their job and fight for what they want, in every aspect of their lives.

THE GOOD WIFE TV SERIES

Have you watched the above-mentioned shows and what are your thoughts on them? Do you have your own favorite female characters that inspire and motivate you?

Remember, always strive to do things that make you happy and fulfilled - because you never know who’s watching.

Gabriella Diesendorf

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