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The Female Perspective: Strong Women in Power Are Everywhere!

Welcome! This blog is written by author J.L. Metcalf and will chat about comics, movies, garden gnomes, ghosts or even books and daily life. It is a place where I offer my ladylike perspective on anything and everything my brain can think of. 


I’ve been noticing a trend on TV lately, there are quite a few strong women being portrayed in positions of power. It’s wonderfully enjoyable and completely refreshing to turn on the TV and see a woman leading the charge and showing that a woman in power can be sexy, brave, smart, funny and a total bad-ass.

Some of my favorite TV shows are stuff like Walking Dead, Scandal, How To Get Away with Murder, Empire, House of Cards and lots more. All of these shows have the same thing in common, strong female characters.

Cookie is a little bit crazy, a lot powerful and a wonderfully fun character to watch!
Cookie is a little bit crazy, a lot powerful and a wonderfully fun character to watch!

Shows like Empire and Scandal are particularly empowering because they not only have strong women being portrayed but they have women of color being portrayed in positions of power as well. I mean, Olivia Pope in Scandal is the woman everyone wants, literally. This season proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. The fact is, these women are shown as being smart and sexy without shame or apology. The men listen to them and value their opinions. In a show like House of Cards, we see Claire Underwood, a woman who is often over-shadowed by her husband Frank but who is credited with getting him to where he is. Not to mention, she is his sounding board for almost every decision he makes. There’s is a partnership built on a lust for power and equality (I only speak of Seasons 1 and 2 here, no spoilers for the new season!). They balance each other out and feed off one another.

Frank and Claire Underwood are a team...but Claire is the true backbone.
Frank and Claire Underwood are a team…but Claire is the true backbone.

I am sure people will tell me about all the older shows that incorporated women in power but to me, those older shows didn’t do this with the same gusto. The writing, acting and stories being produced by these various TV shows is stellar work. As far back as I can remember, this is the first time so many TV shows are representing women in a way that is empowering rather than as victims. Heck, look at a show like The Walking Dead! Michonne and Carol are two of the toughest members of the group and they are sounding boards for Rick when he isn’t sure what to do.

Olivia Pope and her gladiators are a great example of strong women and strong men working together.
Olivia Pope and her gladiators are a great example of strong women and strong men working together.

It’s refreshing to see women characters portrayed as strong and beautiful instead of boring or vapid. These women aren’t victims but they are flawed human beings, just like men are. It’s a step towards equality. Maybe that sounds overly hopeful but I firmly believe it’s true. When people are able to see men and women interacting as equals it can only be a positive message that can hopefully inspire the next generations to work together instead of separately.

What do you think? Have you noticed all the Powerful Female Characters on TV lately?

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