Since we are both women, we have made a lot of women as our role models. We have noticed that in a lot of the present television series that for the first time in broadcast history this is the case. So we are proud to present some of our favorite strong women on television , now and then
Shirley Partridge lost her husband and had to deal with five kids. What does this strong woman do? She packs up her five kids and their dog and sends them off to be pop stars . Shirley not only dealt with the trials of show biz but the antics of her middle son, Danny
Rhoda Morgenstern was strong because she made her own style. Her colorful bandannas gave her an artsy edge. As Mary’s “chubby” friend, she blossomed into a beautiful woman who found love. When that didn’t work out, she carried on. We marvel at actress’ Valerie Harper’s bravery in her battle with brain cancer.
One of the strongest females on television was Maj Margaret Houlighan of M*A*S*H* . The Army is truly a man’s world and Margaret started out as a joke with her bullying and attraction to Frank. In time, Margaret would gain her fellow officers’ respect.
Hard core journalist Murphy Brown didn’t take crap from anyone. She won the war with alcoholism and tackled controversial issues for her show , FYI. She battled Dan Quayle and other conservatives , but she was most known for being a single mother to her son, Avery. She was one of the first female characters who chose to raise their child alone. Future mothers like Miranda and Rachel would take their cues from her.
Maddie Hayes had beauty and brains, well until her accountant ran off with her money. But she had a plan. She would sell all of her tax shelters to live in her accustomed style. She could have sold the Blue Moon Detective Agency, but didn’t. She ran it with her partner, David Addison. She put up with all his juvenile , sexist comments and that does take a strong woman. Oh I forgot, she ended up falling in love with him.
Jen’s heroine is Courteney Cox. She has played so many great characters. On “Family Ties” , she battled a chauvinistic Alex Keaton. On “Friends” ,she overcame being a fat teen to bloom into a sexy woman who finally got everything she wanted. Here is her strongest character, Lucy Spiller on “Dirt” Lucy would do anything to get the story.
From her teen years, Carrie Bradshaw knew she wanted to be a writer. Little did she known then that her struggles as a single woman would be her fortune. Carrie struggled to be fabulous and struggled to find that perfect man. She did that with the help of her “girls” , three fierce women themselves.
Dr Kerry Weaver ran the ER with an iron fist. But she also spent her time wondering if she would ever find love. She finally came to the realization that she loved women and that empowered her. This also made her a little more vulnerable.
Alicia is a “stand by your man” kind of woman. With a husband who admitted to cheating on her, she didn’t let that stop her. She became one of the most powerful lawyers at her firm. Now she stands by him again as he faces an unworthy opponent in his bid as Governor.
Emmy award winning Edie Falco has made a career of playing strong women. First as Carmela Soprano and now on Showtime’s hit “Nurse Jackie” Jackie has overcome a divorce and her addiction and remained strong
This is a true female role model. She was a weak woman whose husband cheated on her, had affairs, and drank. Today , she is a competent and powerful woman. It’s one of my idols Sue Ellen Ewing , still beautiful then and now, Linda Gray