Five of the best shows for female empowerment

Have you even sat down and watched a movie and at the end felt like you could take on the world? Well, here are some TV series that will give you this empowering feeling!

The definition of empowerment is “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.”

To gain this feeling from a TV show is something that will be common because it means you have connected with the characters on screen on such a personal level. Here are some TV shows that made me personally empowered. and I hope to they do the same for you:

1. Girlboss

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Starring: Britt Robertson, Ellie Reed, Johnny Simmons, Alphonso McAuley

Girlboss is based on Sophia Amoruso, the founder of the fashion brand Nasty Gal and her success story. In just 12 months, she managed to build an empire that earns $100 million a year. The story itself started with her crazy love for vintage things and her bravery in pursuing her goals.

I personally loved this TV show as I love fashion and I was left wanting more episodes. However, this is about so much more than fashion, but a woman making her dream a reality.

2. Self-Made

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Starring: Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Garrett Morris, Kevin Carroll

Self-Made is Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, an African American washerwoman that rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire. I recently found this series whilst in lockdown, and I think it’s so inspirational for all women. It creates the message if you believe in yourself, you will create your dreams. I was truly inspired from this series and was amazed to find out that the first female self-made millionaire used to be a washer woman. I think it shows that we can either limit our opportunities or create them. It is entirely dependent on ourselves and the path we take is our own…

3. The Bold Type

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Starring: Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Matt Ward

This is a show inspired by the life and career of former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine Joannah Coles, whom also serves as executive producer of the series. The series is filmed in TorontoMontreal, and New York City. The show revolves around the lives of three millennial women, all of whom are employed at a fictional global publication called Scarlet in New York City.

Even though the show seems to be light, it also touches very important topics like sexual equality and beauty diversity etc. It is one of my favourites shows that I watched every time a new episode came out. As soon as that episode hit my screen I was straight there ready to press play. It made envision myself working in New York when I’m older, doing what I love.

4. The Handmaids Tale

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Starring: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern, Victoria Tennant, Robert Duvall

Picture a world where human rights aren’t part of society, where a woman’s body is not her own and she is property to the state. Love is forbidden, families are separated, and religion is used as a political tool to control human lives. This series is truly a weird and twisted tale to watch. However, through the series we see the Handmaids gain an alliance and come together to try a break free of what has become their lives. The red cloaks and white bonnet are becoming a new symbol of women’s rights. Its being worn by females at protests in Latin America to the British Isles and across the US who are rallying for abortion rights and fighting against policies and politicians seeking to restrict those rights.

5. Suits

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Starring: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J.Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres, Amanda Schull, Dulé Hill, Katherine Heigl

To finish off I chose one TV show that stars one women that always comes to mind when I think about empowerment, Suits. This series revolves around two white men: Harvey Specter and Mike Ross. However, through the series you can’t help but see, a couple of powerful women taking over the ranks and pulling the strings. One of those women is Donna Paulsen. Donna is the “power behind the throne”.

She is the kind of woman you should never underestimate, she’s a fierce, powerful, faithful and loving friend. She’s a women people strive to be, she’s someone who will bring you back up when you’re feeling down from behind the screen.

Have you chosen which show to watch this weekend to start your journey of empowerment? Tell us about your choice in the comment section below!

 By Elysia Tembe

 Feature image: Worthy


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