This crime fighting trio of super girls is exactly what every young woman needs to watch: girls kicking butt and redesigning gender stereotypes. Even though the girls are made from “sugar, spice, and everything nice,” they defy gender norms. They are feminine, but goodness they are strong!
Not only are they physically strong, but the mental power these girls have as little girl superheroes is mind-blowing. They are also the perfect role model for young girls; they aren’t over-sexualized, they exhibit behaviors that young girls should mimic (strength, knowledge, the difference between right and wrong), and they were able to address the corrupted version of what people thought Feminism was. As Buttercup says in “Equal Fights;” “Susan B. Anthony didn’t want special treatment. She wanted to be treated equal.”
The entire show is about two strong, professional female lawyers. At first, the young, attractive character, Ellen, seems weak, and as if she is there only for aesthetics. But, as the show progresses, she turns out to be a strong, complex woman. The older character, Patty, is played by Glenn Close and is definitely the definition of a badass female. Damages shows the power women can possess, and the discrimination they can face as well. While addressing these issues, it also shows the power dynamic between two women who know how to hold their own.
We couldn’t create this list without mentioning the intelligent and progressive Gilmores. Although a lot of the show features a lot of relationship drama, the entire thing revolves around the relationship between the women of the Gilmore family, and the strength women possess.
One only has to look at Rory’s dorm to see the embraced Feminism; Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Gloria Steinem stickers were all over the place. We could also just look at Rory’s book list to see the Feminism so deeply rooted in her self-education (and the show). And if we focus our attention to Lorelei we see a woman who made mistakes as a teen, resulting in her raising a child on her own. While Lorelei Gilmore, again, had a lot of man drama, we still saw her in the best light, as we saw that her main focus was her daughter.
by David Perry
The Crown shows the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne and the journey it took to gain power recognized by the government officials around her, and her own husband. The show fluctuates between her sacrificing herself over her sense of duty to her country, and great acts of choice by Elizabeth.
The overlying sense of duty is present, but sometimes we see glimpses of the real Elizabeth, and her breakdown of gender roles; like when she fixed a jeep, saying that in the war she was a mechanic. She also notes that her education as a royal woman was lacking, and took it upon herself to become educated, hiring a tutor. There is also a point in which Elizabeth points of the double standard in those days about divorce when it comes to the royal family. Although she did not win in this case, the fact that fought for her sister to be able to marry a man she loved, who just so happened to be divorced, still shows how she spoke her mind. “She turned us all on our heads, and barely opened her mouth in the process.”