International Women’s Day: TV’s Most Badass Women
There are so many badass women kicking butt on TV in 2015! While this is something we think should be celebrated every day of the year, Sunday is International Women’s Day, so we’ve compiled a hells-yeah list of feisty females who bring the fire to our favourite shows on TV. Can we get an ‘amen!’?
Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) – Empire
It’s an undisputed fact that Cookie Lyon is the reason everyone’s watching Empire. Cookie slays every scene in the show by having the loudest voice, the loudest outfit, and the loudest attitude at all times. She’s not afraid to throw a shoe at her ex-husband, beat her youngest son with a broom, and generally show everyone who’s boss. In a room with Naomi Campbell and Courtney Love, she’s still queen bee. Even better, the woman’s got substance. On top of being a straight up thug-diva, Cookie’s a shrewd business woman, a protective and supportive mother, and a caring ex-wife to Lucious when she needs to be. She’s fierce but fair, and she’s rightly taking the world by storm.
Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) – Parks and Recreation
Parks and Rec may have come to an end last month, but the legend of Leslie will live on forever. Ms. Knope taught us it’s totally possible to be goofy, girly and powerful all at the same time, and we’ve loved watching her develop into one of comedy’s most empowering women over the past six years. We also love the impact her influence has had on the other ladies in the show, namely April and Donna, who’ve grown to own their awesomeness more and more under her tutelage. Oh, and ladies celebrating ladies over breakfast? We think every day should be Galentine’s Day.
Jessica Huang (Constance Wu) – Fresh Off the Boat
The matriarch in a house of three sons, this woman knows how to take control of a situation and shut it down. So far she’s mowed down some dine-and-dashers in her car and proceeded to pelt them with onions, taught her kids not to date rape, and carved out a career for herself as a realtor when no advertised jobs were paying high enough for her time. Best of all, this badass character is based on the real life Jessica Huang (mother of the show’s creator Eddie Huang), who had this to say about herself: “My sons always told me that I’m too loud and I need to not be so loud. I told them they just have to get used to it because that’s who I am!”. Heck yes.
Lisa Simpson (voiced by Yeardley Smith) – The Simpsons
Almost like a cartoon prototype of Leslie Knope, Lisa Simpson has been teaching little girls it’s cool to be smart since before I was born. Remember when she challenged sexism in the doll industry in ‘Lisa vs. Malibu Stacey’, or the time she took on Mr Burns’s environmental irresponsibility in ‘The Old Man and the Lisa’? A daily reminder that even society’s youngest women can make a positive difference to the world and grow up to be whoever they want to be, the influence had by this tiny role model is simply immeasurable.
Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) – The Flash
Dr. Caitlin Snow is everything we want to be; caring and loyal, brave in the face of danger, a bio-engineering genius, and yet still able to laugh at herself being a dork. We love how she’s not intimidated by anyone, and completely owns her place in the typically ‘male’ world of S.T.A.R Labs. More often than not she’s the voice of reason, finding the perfect solution to the practical problem or moral dilemma at hand, and generally showing the rest of them how it’s done. Sure, The Flash canon has her on a predestined trajectory to becoming a super-villain, but Dr. Snow can nevertheless do no wrong in our eyes.
Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) – Jane The Virgin
Moral, compassionate, hard-working: Jane Villanueva is almost too good to be true, and completely unafraid to stick up for herself. What other woman on television has worked three jobs as a teacher, scriptwriter and waitress, whilst heavily pregnant with a baby she didn’t even naturally conceive? NOBODY. She’ll go to any lengths to look after her family, like braving the worst thunderstorm ever in search of her grandmother’s rosary. We wish we could be a bit more like Jane! That’s one lucky (if unexpected) baby she’s bringing into the world!
Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) – How To Get Away With Murder
Prof. A. Keating is on here for many reasons including managing her own law practice, being a university professor and being damn good at everything she does. She’ll win your defence case if you let her (providing she wants to). She’ll hold her head up regardless of the whole heap of awfulness that is her personal life, and you’ll never notice anything was wrong. But despite her fierce success, she cares for her students and clients, she’s loyal (we think!), and she holds no prejudice towards anyone who might need her help. She also gives one epic speech in court.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) – Game of Thrones
Victim-turned-leader and fighter for freedom Daenerys Targaryen is GoT‘s obvious choice for badass woman. Abused by her brother and forced to marry for political gain, Dany escaped her brother’s clutches and became the assertive, compassionate and well-respected leader we know her as today. Even after losing her beloved husband and child, she’s still determined to fight for those who have less than she does. She’s also the only potential candidate for monarch in the Seven Kingdoms right now making an honest effort at learning how to rule a country, so we have to give her props for that.