International Women’s Day is a time to appreciate all the amazing women in history, those who are still inspiring us now, and also to look to ourselves and decide what we need to do to achieve our goals. There will be no shortage of articles published today, providing reflection and motivation…and I’m fairly certain none of them will cite watching TV as a must. However, for the regular working girl, no matter how ambitious you are, there is likely to be some down time which can only be filled with Netflix and chill. So what better way to ensure that this time is still productive than by watching shows that have a figure of inspiration?
1. How to get Away with Murder. I have to say, I find the female students in this infuriatingly pathetic. But Viola Davis and Liza Weil make up for this in spades by portraying women who get sh** done, hold themselves and everyone around them to high standards and have mastered the death stare. They also show us their vulnerable side just enough to be sure that they’re human. Leading ladies aside, this show is the most gripping series I’ve watched since House of Cards, and if you haven’t seen it, now is the time to binge watch before the next series comes out on Netflix (it’s currently airing in the US).
2. The Fall. Gillian Anderson plays a police officer who is on the trail of a serial killer targeting young professional women. She’s fiercely good at her job, has a great sense of humour, and is not one to be played…except by the serial killer perhaps but that’s for a completely different post.
3. Babylon. This brilliant British comedy drama from Danny Boyle features (ironically) American actress Brit Marling as a new kid on the block at the Met police, heading up their PR and Comms. Her character can teach us all a few valuable lessons about handling difficult colleagues and gaining respect and authority early on in a role. Though the end result in the finale is definitely not the outcome any of us would be going for…
4. Ugly Betty. The fearsome Wilhelmina is played to perfection by Vanessa Williams. She has reached the top of a notoriously tough industry to crack, and isn’t going to let anybody bring her down. While Wilhelmina’s tactics might not always be ones to adopt in our own lives, her determination and ability to overcome trials and tribulations is not to be ignored.
5. Suits. A named Partner, a trusted advisor and a fashionista, Jessica Pearson takes fierce to a new level. Gina Torres depicts a woman at the top of her game who truly pays it forward, even though it may not always be visible.
Which other shows and characters would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments!