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Inspiring women: TV edition

Television is full of inspiring women. I’ve watched my fair share of television series and I’ve learned a lot about who I want to be as a woman in this world from the examples I’ve seen. These are a few of my favourites.

The Gilmore Girls

Yes, all of them. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched this series because of how much I admire these woman – all for different reasons.

Rory’s dedication and determination is beyond inspiring. I’ve never been one of those people who has my life all figured out. Rory, on the other hand, knew what university she wanted to go to before she was born (granted, that changed because life is never as predictable as you think). She knows what she wants and where she wants to be and went above and beyond to get there.

Lorelai raised her daughter all by herself after running away from the high-class life she grew up in. Getting pregnant when she was still in high-school led to a very rocky relationship with her parents and Rory’s dad is flaky as anything. But she still gave Rory everything she ever wanted in life. She balanced raising a child with running an Inn, and later going on to buy and run her own Inn! Single mothers are always inspiring and what they do is unfathomable (shout out to my amazing mother, love you!).

Emily is often interpreted as snobby and image obsessed but I can imagine living a life where your teenage daughter cuts off all contact with you is incredibly difficult. Emily and Lorelai’s relationship is like a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs. Through the constant bickering and disagreements, Emily watches the relationship between Lorelai and Rory and wonders why she never had that with her own daughter. She does everything she can to support her husband and to help Lorelai and Rory navigate their way through life.

Maeve Wiley

I’m going to assume you’ve seen Sex Education on Netflix. And if you haven’t, I’m going to assume you live under a rock. Maeve is the leading lady of the show and she is great. She spends the series being called a slut and cock biter – basically being bullied. Her parents have left and her brother is a drug-addict who disappears all the time.

Despite the hardships, she gets on with her life and helps other people with their problems – even the girl who tormented her endlessly when her nudes get leaked. She owns everything life throws at her and doesn’t let anyone know it bothers her. Except for when she befriends Otis who she slowly opens up to. As the series goes on, she realises that it’s okay to lean on other people from time to time.

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Due to her family circumstances, she envisaged herself with no future. But by the end of the series, she works to get her education back on track and give herself the chance to go onto university. I can’t wait to see what season 2 holds for Maeve.

Rachel Green

From ‘my daddy buys me everything’ to merchandising manager for Ralph Lauren, Rachel is career goals. I don’t think anyone saw her climbing the career ladder after she was laughed out of 12 interviews in one day during the first episode of Friends. Side note: I would love to know how she managed to get 12 interviews in one day…

She started off taking orders and pouring coffee for customers at Central Perk before she quit to pursue a career in fashion. Starting off as a personal assistant at Fortunate Fashions, she worked her way up to a well-respected job for one of the most esteemed fashion brands. Her hard-work and passion for fashion get her noticed in the industry and even after a load of push-backs, she never gives up. From the girl who was marrying a rich guy so she didn’t have to support herself to badass fashionista.

Meredith Grey

Meredith hasn’t had an easy life. She lost her parents, sister, friends, husband and her person (Cristina, who is also empowering as heck). She’s a single mother who still manages to be one of the greatest general surgeons Seattle has ever seen. The now longest-running medical show has lived with Meredith through bad mental health and possible suicide attempts, recovering from a dreadful plane crash and still flying on planes to save other people’s lives.

She looks out for the people she loves and the latest season shows her starting to look out for herself again as she balances work, family and finding it in herself to fall in love again after months of trying to convince people she didn’t need anyone. There’s no doubt that she couldn’t boss her way through life alone, but that doesn’t mean she has too.

Rachel Berry

It’s quite possible that Rachel Berry is one of TV most annoying characters ever. But that doesn’t make her any less inspiring. She dreamed big and wasn’t afraid to do whatever it took to get where she wanted to be. Granted, she has some questionable qualities and yes, she does tend to tear other women down but she learned from her mistakes and by the end of the series she realised the value of having your friends by your side when all your dreams come true. To this day, she is one of my all-time favourite TV characters (along with most of the characters in Glee…).

Which TV female inspires and empowers you?

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50 COMMENTS

  • Rachel

    I did something similar to this years ago… one of my favorite female characters is Skyler White from Breaking Bad. A lot of people call her a bitch, but her husband is the one who put her through hell and back. Under the circumstances, she kept her head and is a great mother and a badass.

    Rachel || http://anotherstationanothermile.com

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      I could never get into Breaking Bad but she sounds like a bloody great woman!

  • Anna

    First of all I love how you edited the first photo!
    I love Gilmore Girls! I’ve watched the show for many times because I love Lorelai and Rory so much!
    Great post and thank you for sharing!

    Anna // http://www.stralthy.com

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Aw, thank you so much! Yes, Gilmore Girl is one of my faaaaavs! Thanks for reading, lovely, I’m glad you liked it! x

  • Liz

    I’m rubbish at watching anything, I just don’t have the attention span 🙈 Your post has convinced me I should stick with it though, there’s lots of benefits!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Definitely a lot of positives with watching TV shows, of course theres just as many negatives but ah well, haha!

  • Lavrax

    I’m an absolute pooper because I seem to really dislike some of these leading ladies for various reasons, but it still makes me happy that we have them! They are empowering as eff and I actually haven’t watched Sex Education yet so I need to see what Maeve is about!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      They all have their flaws and can be super problematic so I completely understand that! But you definitely need to check Sex Education out!

  • Katie

    I love this post! I completely agree – I adore Rachel Green! She’s my favorite!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Isn’t she fab! Thanks for reading 🙂 x

  • poutineandprada

    I love Maeve Wiley!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Isn’t she great?!

  • Chloe Chats

    I still need to watch Sex Education – it’s on my list, just gotta get round to it!! I definitely agree with what you said about Rachel Green, I feel like no one expected her to go up in the career world like that, and she did bloody brilliant! Ahh yes, Glee is such an inspiring show altogether, all the characters are very inspirational and motivational and I had a fair few tears in many of the episodes! Fab post <3

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      It is soon good, Chlo! Loved it, I cannot wait for season 2! Glee was the reason for waaaay too many of my tears, I was more than obsessed with it, haha! Thanks, lovely 🙂 xx

  • A Thirties Girl

    Love this trip down memory lane! thanks for sharing!!

  • Kimmi

    Love this!

  • Geraldine

    Rachel Green, yasss!! He is actually one of the people or characters I thought of when I was contemplating of my career change! You might not be in the best place working at the best job to begin with, but with patience and determination, you can work your way up the ladder and make it big! All of these ladies are so amazing 😍😍

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Girl, same! If only it was as easy to get an interview as she made it out to be, but thats beside the point, haha! x

  • Kate

    I don’t think I’ve ever finished watching a TV series in my life! But my fave so far are definitely Allison and Vanya Hargreeves from The Umbrella Academy. They’re both so flawed but also extremely likable and relatable. I wanna watch Sex Education and Russian Doll soon!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      I’m actually so surprised by how many people struggle to finish watch TV shows, I used to do it like it was my job, haha! I do need to see what Umbrella Academy is all about though, I’ve heard so many people saying good things about it!

      • Kate

        Oh whew! Good to know I’m not alone haha! I started plenty of popular shows but never got around to finishing them. If you love flawed characters and a good amount of weirdness, it’s definitely worth checking out!

  • lilo8102

    I love Friends, Greys anatomy, Gilmore Girl 😍
    I have watched countless times and these women give empowerment to other women

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Some of my faaaaavs! x

  • Laura at Palette of Thoughts

    I love this!! I adore Gilmore Girls and love that the character quite evidently do have flaws (we all do) but yeah all three ladies are still inspiring AF and I love them! Excellent post xxx

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Thanks, Laura! xx

  • writingthebluesaway

    I love Maeve, she’s awesome! I love the women of Game of Thrones particularly because being a woman in their world is pretty shit, so seeing them come out on top is inspiring. I’ve actually got a similar post coming on Friday and named Arya as one of my favourite fictional women!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Isn’t she amazing! I could never get into GoT so I haven’t seen it but I will definitely go and check out your post! 🙂 x

  • ariannepeters6986

    I actually haven’t seen any of these! I think I’ll definitely try picking up a new show or two because of this

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Would recommend checking them out, for sure! x

  • beejayaitch

    I loooove Maeve!! And I am SO excited for season two of sex eduction!!! And gotta agree with Rachel berry! So annoying but you can’t not love her 😂 and I also think lea Michelle is a kick ass lady irl too! Can’t comment on the rest of them bc I don’t think I’ve seen those shows 😩🤦🏻‍♀️😂 but they sound AMAZING!!

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      YEs, season 2 needs to hurry up! Lea Michele is so badass, I love how positive she is even though she’s lived through her fair share of shit!

  • lucymarytaylor

    Rachel Green is a definite tv female inspo! To go from being a waitress to having a huge job in the fashion industry is such career inspo! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      She my dream, though not a career in fashion but in content creation/digital marketing, haha! x

  • Gabrielle

    I think my inspiration is Carol from the Walking Dead. She overcame her abusive husband, stayed strong for her daughter, overcame her daughter’s death, and is now the baddest lady in the apocalypse. She does. What she needs to do to get by and she has come far from her timid nature!

    Gabrielle | TheOpinionatedOne.com

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      I catch the odd episode of TWD because my boyfriend watches it and she is definitely badass!

  • Mind and Love

    I have only seen Sex Education on Netflix and thought it was great. The Maeve Wiley character is terrific and I agree with everything you said. I haven’t seen the other shows, but now you have made me curious. I will check them out. Thanks.

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Nathalie

    I agree so much with you on the Gilmore girls. I wish I had Rory’s dedication, Lorelei’s humour and anyone to have the talks they have.
    Oh, and I envied Diane Lockhart in the Good Wife, just because she kicks ass and she can wear the world’s most huge necklaces and be fancy as hell.

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Omg, same, they are so fab! Rory’s dedication would definitely make writing so much easier, haha! I’ve been meaning to start the Good Wife for a while now, I need to get on it!

  • justnatonya

    Such a cute post! I love Rachel Green because she is so relatable and like you said the way she grew in her career is proof that no matter how you start you will always make it to the top with hard work and effort. I know it’s just a show but it was such a realistic situation, especially as someone who is aspiring to work in the fashion industry too 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com/

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Thanks so much for reading, lovely! She really is true career inspiration! x

  • Gemma

    I love this! Rachel Green and Rachel Berry yesss love them! And I have only just started watching Sex Education so cant really say on that one yet 😊 I really wanna write something like this, as I have watched a lot of TV shows and a lot of women have inspired me. Great post! 💚

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      I read your post and loved it! So good! Thanks so much for reading and sharing your inspirations as well! 😊x

  • eviebraithwaite

    Oh I adored this post! I loved how much of a badass Maeve was in Sex Education, I wish I had her resilience! I couldn’t agree more about Rachel Green, girl goes from being a waitress to working for Ralph Lauren – if that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is. I find Jane from Jane the Virgin so inspiring too! She’s goes from being an aspiring writer to publishing her own novel, even after all the hardships she’s faced. Loved this post Han ✨

    Evie x | http://www.eviejayne.co.uk

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Thanks so much, Evie! I started Jane the Virgin but its kinda sitting on the back-burner for now, I need to get back into it! x

  • omg I still have not seen Gilmore Girls!

    I don’t watch much TV – but from the Walking Dead I love Maggie and Carol – both so kickass and strong <3

    This is a great post Hannah well done 🙂
    -Lena
    xxx

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Gasp, you need to watch it! Thanks for reading, Lena! 😊 xx

  • Abby Heird

    Love, love, loveeeeee. I just finished watching sex education and omg what a show!! Maeve is such a badass!! You’ve named such great, strong female characters. (Also obsessed with Gilmore girls!) I love this post. You can def make more of these!😉❤️

    • hanmwill
      AUTHOR

      Isn’t it incredible! Can’t wait for season 2! Watch this space 😉😜

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