1. Leslie Knope - Parks and Recreation
Leslie Knope is one of the most passionate and most powerful ladies on television. Not only is she devoted to her work as the Midwest Regional Director of the National Parks Service, but she also dedicates most of her life to empowering other women. She’s even the founder of the Pawnee Goddesses, a local girl scout troop whose motto is: “I am a goddess, a glorious female warrior. Queen of all that I survey. Enemies of fairness and equality, hear my womanly roar. Yeah!” Some of Leslie’s role models include Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
2. Lisa Simpson - The Simpsons
Lisa Simpson might only be in second grade, but she’s wise beyond her years. This budding pre-teen is a vocal feminist who strives for intellect and equality. She spends her days reading, writing, and trying to educate her family and friends about feminism. Lisa’s biggest role models are women who are brainy, beautiful, and want to make the world a better place.
3. Virginia Johnson - Masters of Sex
Is there anyone that doesn’t want to be Virginia Johnson? Not only is she beautiful, but she is ridiculously smart and so comfortable in her own skin and sexuality that her confidence radiates. Virginia takes to arguing in favor of women’s rights, as if she knew the prevalence of sexual discrimination would still dominate today. She addresses topics which are still (unfortunately) debated today, and illustrates that a woman should have control of her own body. For someone working in such a male-dominated filed, Virginia battles day-in-and-day-out to be treated equally to her co-workers.
4. Diane Lockhart - The Good Wife
Diane Lockhart is a tenacious lawyer working as one of the top litigators in Chicago. As the former senior partner of one of the Windy City’s biggest firms, Diane fought her way to the top and never backed down against the competition. She once said, “When I was starting out I got one great piece of advice: Men can be lazy, women can’t”. She does everything within her power to help other female litigators succeed, especially The Good Wife’s protagonist, Alicia Florrick. She is a mentor, a drinking buddy, an inspiration, and she has the most excellent laugh.
5. Arya Stark - Game of Thrones
Arya Stark may be young, but she knows how to wield a sword and command the attention of men and women five times her age. She defies the gender roles of her society and chooses to be a brave warrior in order to fight for what she believes in. Arya is cunning, quick-witted, and will stop anyone that tries to get in her way.
6. Leona Lansing - The Newsroom
Leona is literally a HBIC. As the President of Atlantis World Media (AWM), a fictional media corporation similar to the likes of Time Warner, NBC Universal, etc., Leona is responsible for thousands and thousands of employees. She butts heads with congressmen in Washington D.C., her anchors in the newsroom, and is a force amongst her peers. Not only is she a ruthless leader, but she knows how to rock a pant suit while getting what she wants.
7. Shoshanna Shapiro - Girls
Shoshanna Shapiro might the quirky and loveable Brooklynite from Girls, but she’s also a huge feminist. She is always supportive of women and does everything she can to help her best gal pals succeed. Shosh is very in tune with what she needs as a person, and never lets anybody tear her down in the process.
8. Mellie Grant - Scandal
First Lady Mellie Grant is an unstoppable force of nature and one of the most powerful women currently on television. Mellie is a political animal. After graduating from the top of her class at Harvard Law, the first lady spent her career not only working ruthlessly to achieve her political aspirations, but sacrificed so much in return to get where she is today. Though she is manipulative and calculating, always fighting in opposition of her husband and his staffers, she has a softer side that yearns for love and family, while simultaneously demanding power and respect.
9. Cosima Niehaus - Orphan Black
While Orphan Black is one of the most feminist shows on television and has an array of awe-inspiring females (all played by Tatiana Maslany), Cosima Niehaus exceeds in terms of girl power. Cosima is an intellectual who speaks passionately about what she believes in, and never lets anyone define her or put a label on who she is. She not only fights for herself, but all of her sisters as well, and is willing to stop at nothing to protect them.