Most Empowered Women in TV History: Part 1 [Dude's List]

It’s March. In March, as we should be doing every day of the year, regardless of what the calendar says, we celebrate you, Ladies. We celebrate breakthroughs, boundary busters, and trailblazers across every area of society. One of my contributions, what with almost all of our favorite shows back from the mid-season break or about to begin a new 13-22 episode journey, is to celebrate the most empowered female characters in TV history.

With services like Netflix, Hulu, and Roku, these ladies are more accessible than ever to new viewers and those of us who can’t get enough of them. They’ve inspired and left their mark on the cultural landscape because they were, like all of you, complex, fully realized, and AWESOME. Listen, this list could and should be twice as long. I’m not pretending there aren’t at least another dozen women who deserve to be on this list from Maude to Peggy Olsen to the Golden Girls to Lucy to President Laura Roslin to Marge Simpson and on and on and on we can go. But this is where we’ve ended up today. SO COME BACK NEXT TIME FOR PART 2! For now, it’s your turn: who do you think is the most empowered and empowering female character in TV history? Sound off with your love and your, well, things other than love, in the comments below. Keep watching, The Dude