Today’s leading ladies on television don’t just entertain — some programs present women of all ages who display many signs of strength, whether it’s their lofty political aspirations or their ability to lead whole kingdoms. Most of the listed shows can be watched through local DirectTV cable providers that include premium channels or even online streaming like Netflix or Hulu.
Daenerys Targaryen, ‘Game of Thrones’
1.) The third season is over, but the thrill of this show is still on everyone’s mind. If you have only seen a few episodes of “Game of Thrones,” you might have a hard time believing Daenerys Targaryen, also known as Dany, could be considered one of the strongest women on television. In the first few episodes, she is decidedly modest, allowing her brother to sell her into marriage with what initially seems like a cruel and ruthless man. But muddle through the rest of season one, and you’ll soon understand Dany’s strength as she sets out to reclaim a kingdom she believes should be rightfully lead. Not only is she the leader of the Dothraki people, she believes herself the rightful leader of the Seven Kingdoms, which she sets out to reclaim. Dany is definite proof that, when it comes to TV, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
Leslie Knope, ‘Parks and Recreation’
2.) It’s yes on Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation” as a strong female character. In addition to holding a political seat, she is also determined to stick to what she thinks is right. Leslie makes her aspirations of becoming the first female president of the United States clear to everyone around her, displaying a cut-throat attitude that’s essential to attaining goals. In standing so firmly for her beliefs, Leslie serves as an excellent (albeit silly) example for any woman to follow.
Clara Oswin, ‘Doctor Who’
3.) Some women in sci-fi shows exist for the sole purpose of being rescued. This is certainly not the case for Clara Oswin on “Doctor Who.” Where the entire cast’s line up is full of unique and interesting characters all in their own, Clara is distinctive because, as a companion to the time-traveling Doctor, she has no problem telling the Doctor off when he’s in the wrong. Even more impressive is that she jumped into the Doctor’s time stream in order to save him — an act of self-sacrifice that required quite a bit of bravery. You need to see Clara in action.
Selina Meyer, ‘Veep’
4.) Julia Louis-Dreyfus can hold her own in a boy’s club — she clearly proved herself capable of playing Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld.” But in “Veep,” the talented actress takes on a completely different approach to female empowerment, playing the witty vice president Selina Meyer. Although Selina often feels powerless as the second-in-command leader, she does prove that a woman can become the VP without being eye candy, and, what’s more, do an amazing job once she’s achieved that position.
Jill Chen, ‘The Carrie Diaries’
5.) Jill is one young lady you can be happy your teenage daughter watches. Jill’s attention to her studies are so strong she chose the school over love since this high schooler has dreams of being accepted into Harvard.
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