5 Shows You Need to Watch With Powerful Female Leads
From Netflix to cable network programs, powerful women are making waves throughout Hollywood. With a prominent rise in social and political awareness such as the #MeToo and #NastyWoman movements, Millennials and Gen Z’ers want to see more strong female leads that put women at the forefront, not on the sidelines.
Unfortunately, there is still a struggle for women in the entertainment industry to break out of stereotypes and common tropes. Therefore, I compiled a list of shows that I feel have strong female leads worth watching. These female leads have the power to inspire others, but they also serve as a reminder that women are pretty amazing.
The Bold Type // Three best friends, Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) live in New York City and work together at Scarlet, a global women’s magazine. They learn to overcome life’s obstacles, find love and find their own voices along the way. The charm of this show is how each character in the friend group are unapologetically themselves. Jane pushes boundaries in her writing, Kat takes initiative in any given situation and Sutton uses her quick-thinking skills to her advantage. Another notable character is the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin), who plays as a mentor-type editor, carefully giving the girls advice and tough-love when necessary. The cast of powerful female leads are evenly balanced by all of their differing personalities and quirks, making this show not only inspiring, but enjoyable to watch.
Sweetbitter // A 22-year-old woman, Tess (Ella Purnell), desperately leaves her home in Ohio and moves to New York City for a fresh start. Set in 2006, the show follows Tess around her struggles living independently in a brand new city, working as a waitress at a semi-prestigious restaurant and becoming an adult. Tess is so relatable in that she struggles like most people starting a new job are, awkward and a bit aloof at first. Following her story is exciting to watch on so many levels, but it’s the way she goes about handling and conquering obstacles is what makes her that much more relatable. The show is also aesthetically pleasing to the eye, which is a total added bonus.
GLOW // A Netflix original series, GLOW is a scripted show inspired by the real Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling of the 80’s. The series centers on a group of misfit women, Ruth (Alison Brie), Debbie (Betty Gilpin), Rhonda (Kate Nash) all gathered together to participate in a professional wrestling syndicate led by Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron). Not only do the characters appear physically powerful, but their feisty natures prove women don’t fit one mold of what women should be like. They are fierce, bold and grow together like a family and not just competing wrestlers. Although the women wrestle for the entertainment of others, they are also aware of the power they behold in their successes. Funny and heartwarming, it’s hard not to fall in love with the entire cast of GLOW.
Younger // Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) is a recently divorced 40-year-old mom who lies about her age to land a job as an assistant to Diana Trout (Miriam Shor) at Empirical, a book publishing company. As she assumes the role of a young 26-year-old in order to appear hire-worthy. As the show progresses, keeping the lie at work was one thing, but it proved even more difficult when Liza enters a new relationship with a 26-year-old tattoo artist, Josh (Nico Tortorella). Liza and her coworker, Kelsey Peters (Hilary Duff) quickly become friends and more drama ensues in Liza’s constant attempts at maintaining the image of a young, vibrant millennial. The many different roles of powerful women in this show is refreshing and worth the watch. Hilary Duff kills it as Kelsey, a young millennial who stops at nothing to get what she wants. The colors and styles of their wardrobes also scream FIERCE. There’s EVERYTHING to love about this show.
Life Sentence // Stella (Lucy Hale) learns she no longer has cancer after she decided to “live like she was dying.” When it came time to break the news to her family, Stella also learns that her family kept problems away from her because they wanted her to enjoy her last years. Now that the family’s problems have risen to the surface, Stella does everything she can to right every wrong. She’s thoughtful, honest and just trying to glue her family back together. Although the show only lasted one season (thanks a lot CW!), it is definitely worth a watch.