* This post was written by Tammy, as Christine is still in recovery from her accident.
With March 8th being International Women’s Day, we think of all the inspirational women who have worked so hard to forge a better working world, and a more inclusive gender equal world.
Even though International Women’s Day was a few weeks ago, I can’t help but think of some women who have shaped the way I think. As a young girl, I admired my mother, my grandmother, as well as Rosa Parks and Mother Theresa. I wonder which women my own children will look up to?
Just a few inspirational women & inspirational quotes:
- “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
- “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai
- “Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” – Emma Watson
- “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” – Gloria Steinem
- “Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” – Ellen DeGeneres
Strong women on film & TV:
As I was watching Netflix, I thought of some of the shows and movies I have been streaming and whether or not the female characters could be considered inspirational. I think it’s important for girls and women to watch TV shows with a strong female lead. This said, the following titles are not meant for children.
Grace and Frankie Grace and Frankie are informed by their husbands that they have not been only business partners for over twenty years, but they have been romantically involved. The two ladies try to cope with their circumstances despite being already at odds with each other.
Grace is a retired cosmetics mogul. She is professional, refined, and quite the opposite of Frankie. Frankie is a hippie art teacher who goes with the flow and is often scattered. Both characters are endearing in their own rights.
The show is heartfelt and hilarious. Grace and Frankie, through their strengths and through their flaws demonstrate what strength women possess. Trials and tribulations are met with comedy in this Netflix title. What I took out of it was that there is a special bond women have and we can lift each other up through even the most difficult of times.
Grey’s Anatomy Where to begin? There are so many strong female characters in this series. Miranda Bailey, the senior resident who becomes the hospital’s chief resident. She later becomes an attending general surgeon. Bailey works hard, is dedicated to her job and to the hospital, but at times it leaves her personal and family life to suffer.
If you watch Grey’s Anatomy (who hasn’t?), you’ll note many other strong females like Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Addison Montgomery, Arizona Robbins, and Callie Torres.
Call the Midwife This series is a period drama about a group of nurse widwives in the East End of London in the 1950s-1960s. Midwife Jenny Lee and the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House (nursing convent) demonstrate strength and courage, empathy, as well as great skill and intelligence when dealing with the medical issues of Poplar, a desperately poor part of London’s East End in the 1950s.
Can you think of some TV shows on Netflix with a strong female lead? We’d love to hear which inspirational women you’ve found on Netflix.
Disclosure – This post was written in affiliation with Netflix Canada as part of the Netflix #StreamTeam. All thoughts and opinions on this blog belong to the author of this blog post.